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KSC Phoenix all out of luck in Meadows defeat

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Irvine Meadow
KSC Phoenix
U15's Central Ayrshire YFA
25 February 2014
With the fixture KO put back to 1pm it would ensure the sun was out on this cold but dry Saturday afternoon.

Today's fixture was the first between these two rival ayrshire sides since the leagues show piece cup final last June, Meadow ran out 2-0 winners in that encounter due to a brace from their main striker in the last 5 minutes, however would KSC Phoenix be able to avenge that bitter defeat this afternoon.

As expected the game kicked of at a frantic pace with the visitors showing their hunger for every ball, Irvine Meadow looked slightly shell shocked at the whirlwind start of their opponents, as early as the 4 th minute the ever so influential Phoenix number 11 Josh Lafferty showed once again why he has terrorised defences this season with his direct running at opposition back lines, with some sublime footwork he skipped by three or four Meadow players & somehow fired in a low shot at the keepers near post, Meadows Drew Keifer tipping round the post and out for KSC first of 12 corner kicks.

Irvine Meadow lining up in what looked like a 4-5-1 formation were realy struggling to retain the ball in the opening exchanges, KSC Phoenix opted for the 3-2-4-1 formation mainly looking to snub the threat of Meadows influential striker Daniel Orr. It must be said KSC pulled of a master class in keeping Meadows Orr quiet for the majority of the match.

KSC despite all the early pressure fell behind to a major goalkeeping catastrophe with the Phoenix keeper coming out to take a routine ball, however the ball somehow slipped from his hands and into the path of the incoming Meadow player Ben Cunningham who tapped in from 3 yards.

This goal seemed to ignite the match once again, however not for the home side. The next 3 goal attempts came from the visitors first up was Phoenix number 10 Jamie Lyndsey who was cruely ruled off side despite his cool finish, then up was Lafferty & Strain with pile drivers that flew inches past of either post.

The play in the first 30 minutes was being dictated through the midfield with KSC Phoenix first to every challange, in particular frustration was starting to set in with the hosts and as a result Meadows number 6 Jamie. Lambert was fortunate not to receive a booking for kicking out at his opposite number Connor Black of KSC.

As the first half wore on KSC were pushing further and further upfield, at points  Irvine Meadow became camped in their own 18 yard box, however the result of this progressive pressure failed to materialise in to the much deserved goal to even the scores.

On the rare occasion Meadow threatened in the first half it was result of a high long ball from the back in search of their industrious number 9, on the one occasion where the long ball did reach it's man, Orr coolly tried to round the keeper, however KSC number one Rohan Sohal managed to spread him self well ensuring Orr was forced wide of goal, however the striker managed to turn a shot in on goal only for Phoenix's Jack Ryan to clear the ball off the line and out to safety.

Time was running out for a leveller as the half was drawing to a close for KSC and as a result the half time score ended 1-0 Irvine Meadow.
Half Time: Irvine Meadow 1-0 KSC Phoenix
As the second half started it was clear Meadow had been given a wake up call, this prompted them in to trying to push further forward to support their lonesome striker Orr, who'd had a frustrating afternoon to say the least and one in which he to was fortunate not to of seen red for a blatant kick out at KSCs number 2 Logan Craig.

Meadow had managed to stem the flow of KSCs attacks in the first 20 minutes of the second half, however again it was a result of some more misfortune that saw KSC punished once again, a through ball from Meadows number 8 Cameron Brown fell to the feet of his team mate Cameron Ingils as the Phoenix back line protested for off side they froze allowing the Meadow attack to tap in again from 6 yards out.
Phoenix were furious and as a result ignited their own game plan on again, first up was Phoenix winger number 9 Ryan Strain who would see his shot cannon back out of the post at least that's what it looked like, in actual fact the ball had struck the transportation wheel inside the goal and cannoned out, the rebound again was bulleted toward goal however was straight at the Meadows number 1 Drew Keifer who had still been grounded as a result of the first strike, the keeper however was unable to hold the ball and again the ball was hammered toward goal this time by Phoenix's number 15 John Jameison, again desperate defending with all players in the box a total goal mouth scramble with the end result Meadows rearguard nearly putting the ball in their own net whilst trying to clear.

KSC were again pretty much in control as a result of the corner Jameison cleverly flicked the ball on at the front post only for the ball to be cruely deflected of the post once again by KSCs Lewis Gardiner.

Next up was the influential winger Strain who once again broke into the box only to be scythed down result of what looked like a two footed challange, however the referee missed what looked like a stone wall penalty for the visitors.

It was clear this wasn't going to be KSCs day, as a result of the continuous threat of going forward creating chance after chance they had nothing to show for it, as a result once again Phoenix like before were punished against the run and bulk of play, a long through ball once again from the Meadows back line caught out Phoenix's number 2 who was short with his back pass to the keeper, as a result Meadows number 15 Cameron Ingils cooly curled the ball far into the keepers top left hand corner a stunning strike giving the keeper no chance.

By this point KSC Phoenix couldn't hide their disappointment, they'd put so much into this match and had the league leaders rattled for much of this match. The last 10 minutes saw numerous changes to both sides with very few chances of note, perhaps the last of the afternoon falling to Irvine Meadows Orr who fired one in from around the half way line more out of frustration than anything else.

Full Time: Irvine Meadow 3-0 KSC Phoenix

A great spectacle for the CAYFL with two of the leagues top teams from last year battling it out once again this season, KSC predominantly dominating all aspects of play in the first half, however Meadow responded well in the second taking their few chances well.

Perhaps 3-0 flattered the home side, however they took their chances when they had to, on another day perhaps Lady Luck would of favoured the visitors who played exceptionally well.

KSC star man, there was may contenders, Lafferty, Strain, Lyndsey and Black however it was the influential KSC player Jack Ryan, his touch was class his passing was sublime, not to mention his last ditch defending in the first half to keep the scores at 1-0.

Irvine Meadow star man, goal Keeper Drew Keifer kept his side in it at vital stages of the match with some great blocks.  

1 comment

  • Comment Link JOAN CUNNINGHAM Saturday, 01 March 2014 03:55 posted by JOAN CUNNINGHAM

    I believe the reporter is a young boy, however, I feel I need to correct the factual inaccuracies in this report.
    Irvine Meadow - not league leaders, 2nd place at present.
    Meadow always plays a 4-4-2 formation, never playing the lone striker.
    The first goal was scored by Billy Milne - not Ben Cunningham. Ben had the ball in the net later but was disallowed due to an infringement on the KSC keeper by his own player. (go figure!)
    The next two goals were by no. 11 - Jack Rodin, neither of which was the result of a back-pass.
    I don't recall any loud protestations from the away coaches regarding a ball 'cannoning off the transportation wheel' of the net when the 'goal' wasn't given so I can only assume only the reporter saw this.
    Writer managed to mention any KSC boy who made a pass but failed to correctly name any Meadow goalscorer, or put any name to the alleged perpetrator of a two-footed challenge in the opposition box.
    With Meadow playing nothing but long-ball and KSC playing like Barca, I fail to understand how such a one-sided game could be a 'great spectacle' and also have the result it did.
    Match reporting must be from a neutral view-point and getting straight facts actually correct is imperative for both teams. Please remember these are kids and what is written can have an affect on all players.
    On a more personal note: KSC successfully nullified the threat posed by no.9 D Orr, Meadow still won by 3 goals. Phoenix made the same mistake lots of teams do and assume we play with 1 outfield player only, leaving room for others to capitalise.

    A bemused Meadow parent
    ( who's allowed to be biased but is still more neutral than above report)

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