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Classy Boswell see off Dreghorn to lift cup

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Ayr Boswell
Meikle (18)
Todd (42)
Martin (70)


U13 James Young Cup Final
Dam Park, Ayr

Calum McClurkin

By Calum McClurkin
YFS South West Region Reporter
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Ayr Boswell breezed to victory at a sunny Dam Park but only after overcoming a spirited Dreghorn side who fought hard throughout. 

Boswell started the brightest of the two sides and were almost ahead inside two minutes when Gavin Todd had a good opportunity from eight yards but he sliced his effort well wide. After five minutes, Boswell created another fine opening when Todd's through ball allowed Kieran Goudie to go through one on one with the keeper and poke a 16 yard effort inches wide.

Boswell were dominating the game but were finding it difficult to find a breakthrough as Dreghorn restricted their opponents to half chances. Ayr's next clear cut opportunity emerged on the 18th minute and it was taken in clinical fashion.

Daniel Robson's lobbed ball over the top found Goudie who beat the Dreghorn defender in the air to flick the ball onto striker Robbie Meikle to carry the ball to the edge of the box where under pressure slotted a left foot shot past the advancing keeper to give Boswell a deserved lead.

30 seconds later, Boswell nearly doubled their advantage. Goudie outmuscled Dreghorn's Ryan Walker down the left side but could only shoot wide from eight yards. On the 22nd minute Jack Taylor's free kick was well held by Dreghorn keeper, Christopher Taylor.

Dreghorn's first opening arrived on 25 minutes. A superb ball from Aidan Kane released Ryan Walker free down the right side but his cross into the box was scrambled clear by Boswell. Both teams pressed for a goal but some resolute defending kept both sides at bay.   

Half Time: Ayr Boswell 1-0 Dreghorn YFC

Boswell started the second half on top and eager to extend their advantage. Meikle looked to double his tally from 20 yards out but his shot was a foot too high on 38 minutes and two minutes later Taylor denied Meikle with a smart save from close range after Goudie found his teammate with a pinpoint pass.

The second goal came aon the 42nd minute. A raking run down the right from Dylan Howarth was rewarded when he crossed the ball to Gavin Todd at the near post and he bulleted a header across Taylor and into the bottom corner of the net.

In the 49th minute, Todd headed a effort from six yards straight at the Dreghorn goalkeeper and six minutes later Todd's sensational pass over three players allowed Goudie to ghost clean through but Taylor was on hand to smother the ball at the Boswell man's feet.

Ayr Boswell ought to have been further clear and were nearly punished on the 56th minute when the Dreghorn captain, Sean Wells, clipped a delightful ball through to the unmarked Darren Moffat eight yards out but Grady McTaggart in the Boswell goal was out sharply to pull off a stunning save to his right. A hugely impressive save that preserved Boswell's lead after being a spectator for the half and sitting on the bench for the first half as it was David Hill who featured.

Dreghorn were enjoying their best spell of the match in a bid to haul themselves back into it. In the 63rd minute, a corner from the right side caused havoc in the Boswell box but defenders threw their bodies on the line to firstly block a glancing header and then Ryan Walker's goalbound shot from ten yards.

After surviving a few scares in the closing stages, Boswell pressed for a third in the dying moments to add some gloss to the scoreline. A minute before time, Andrew Martin looped an audacious 20 yard effort off the crossbar and Taylor saved Todd's snapshot at the near post well.

From the resulting corner, Boswell scored a third goal and sealed the cup final glory when Martin's corner was parried onto the underside of the bar by Taylor and narrowly over the line for the unfortunate keeper.

Both sides played some really good football in this final and passed the ball decisively and fluently. Boswell were full value for their James Young Cup win but Dreghorn defended really well and can be proud of their efforts 

Full Time: Ayr Boswell 3-0 Dreghorn YFC

Ayr Boswell Dreghorn YFC
1. Grady McTaggart 
2. Dylan Howarth 
3. Jack Reid 
4. Daniel Robson 
5. Lee Barrett
6. Andrew Martin 
7. Gavin Todd 
8. Adam McNae 
9. Robbie Meikle 
10. Jack Taylor 
11. Ryan Whyte 
12. David Hill
14. Dario Nimmo
15. Kieran Goudie 
16. Josh Higginson 
17. Arran Sawyer
1. Christopher Taylor
2. Lewis Clark
3. Mark McIntyre
4. Aidan Kane 
7. Ben Kellington 
8. Sean Wells 
9. Sean Crawford 
10. Rhys Graham 
12. Darren Moffat  
20. Ryan Walker
72. Jason Henry
88. Liam Rielly
89. Sam Rennick
99. Rhys McMail

Lots of contenders for Ayr Boswell today as they produced an excellent display. Their movement and passing was terrific. Gavin Todd just shades man of the match. Scored one and set up another and looked so composed on the ball
Sean Wells claims man of the match for dogged Dreghorn. The captain never stopped working in the midfield and always retained possession.
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