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Valspar edge Ayr Boswell in nine goal thriller

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Valspar FC
Ayr Boswell
U14's West of Scotland YFL
05 March 2014
KGV playing fields playing fields was the venue for the much anticipated local derby between  Valspar and Ayr Boswell. Boswell are the reigning league champions with Valspar finishing runner  up. Between them the two teams won six trophies in their inaugural 11 a side campaign and have  had 12 players selected for the South West Region development squad.
Boswell are on a high from a recent comfortable win over their local rivals in the cup and after securing a place in the Scottish cup  semi finals. Valspar found themselves in a team rebuilding process having lost players to Kilmarnock and St Mirren. Both teams were hoping to put pressure on league leaders Crosshouse. Boswell lined up with a 442 formation with Valspar employing an attacking 433.
The match kicked off in glorious sunshine with Valspar immediately taking the game to their local  rivals. Before the game settled down Boswell found themselves facing a two goal deficit. On both  occasions it was the diminutive striker Ross Clark who provided the goals. The first came from a  neat one two passing movement between Jack Broun and Jamie Macleod which saw the latter  thread a neat ball through the defensive gap, which Clark latched onto and fired an unstoppable left foot shot past the helpless keeper M taggert.
Not long after Clark found himself with another chance after a mazy run by Lucas Elliot and calmly poked the ball home to put Valspar 2 up.
Boswell are renowned for their never say die attitude and soon got into the game. After pressure  down the right wing from Goudie they forced a corner. The resultant corner was expertly put away from the towering Robbie Meikle.
The game saw Boswell force another corner, which was once again dispatched by Meikle. Boswell were using their height advantage to full effect and Boswell were back on level terms. Game on.
Boswell did not have long to enjoy parirty. A long throw in from Valspar’s Lee Young from deep in  the Boswell half cleared the defence and who else but the livewire Ross Clark was waiting to pounce. One touch to control and one to score and Valspar had restored their lead and given him a hat trick.
Valspar’s Macleod provided some neat footwork and close ball skills 30 yard from goal which  resulted in a lunge from Boswell defender Lee Barrett. The resultant free kick from O’Neil was cleared by Taylor but the rebounding shot was well saved by the keeper. Todd of Boswell had found himself through on goal but his shot was well saved by Caniffe before the referee had adjudged Todd Offside.
The game flowed end to end and the next piece of action saw a free kick awarded to Boswell out  near the corner flag. Once again Boswell showed how clinical they are at set pieces with Jack Taylor popping up to put the ball away past the Valspar keeper from the ensuing scramble.
Once again Valspar hit back quickly. The ever dangerous Clark found space again and his cut back was met at the back post by Cameron Gilmour to restore Valspar’s lead which would see them go into the break 4-3 up.
Half Time: Valspar 4-3 Ayr Boswell
The play resumed as before with no quarter given. A quick breakaway from Robbie Meikle found him taking the ball down the right wing but as he appeared to run out of space he manufactured a cross that found its way over the goalkeeper and into the net completing his hat trick... Boswell were back on level terms again.
Boswell were hampered by an injury to the speedy, dangerous wide player Goudie which saw him being replaced. Hopefully it is not too serious as Boswell will not want to miss his attacking threat for the rest of the season.
The ever dangerous Clark found space again and his cut back was met at the back post by Cameron Gilmour to restore Valspar’s lead. 
Valspar were applying the pressure now. Some neat work from Clark on the right took him to the bye line and from his cutback the oncoming Scott O’Neil was unlucky to place his shot just past the post.
The Valspar defence was posted missing a couple of times as fullback Dempsey pushed up the park and Aaron Sawyer now on the right nearly capitalised. The speedy winger was left unmarked and as a defender came over to cover his progress down the wing he was unlucky just to overrun the ball  out the park.
A free kick to Valspar out wide was taken short, and when the ball came into the box the defenders clearance was blocked by the hard working Gilmour which fortunately for him and not so the defenders found its way into the net. 5-4 Valspar.
Valspar were looking to kill the game off. Fullback Brendan Lynch had found himself getting further and further up the pitch forcing the Boswell rearguard on more than one occasion into committing  fouls. In one instance he skipped past Jordan Bell in midfield and drove into the box. Ryan White made a covering sliding tackle and the ref waved away loud appeals for a penalty. Lynch did not stop though; he quickly got up, dragged the ball onto his right foot and got his shot away which was wellsaved by keeper David Hill.
Boswell were chasing the game and were hitting the ball long to the two tall target men Robbie Meikle and Gavin Todd but to little avail as they were being well marshalled by centre backs Gordon and Young.
Valspar were taking control of the game and were having more possession of the ball. Their three centre midfielder of Broun, Macleod and Elliott were not panicking and were content to pass it about amongst themselves till an opportunity came to find their strikers.
Into the last five minutes and Boswell pushed for an equaliser their closest effort coming from Ryan White who popped up from left back and saw his left foot effort from outside the box flash past the post.
The referee brought the pulsating game to an end. Valspar had held on to a deserved 5-4 victory. They had controlled the middle of the park and with the lethal Clark on fire with the help of Gilmour’s brace they had too much on the day for Boswell.
Boswell was restricted to relying on set pieces and cross balls to provide their chances. Both teams have much to play for and no doubt will continue their healthy rivalry.
Valspar - Caniffe, Lynch, Gordon, Young, Dempsey, Broun, Elliott, Macleod, O’Neil, Gilmour, Clark, Beaucamp, Macphee
Boswell - Mctaggert, Barett,Taylor ,Lamont, Reid, Goudie, Sawyer, Robson, Macnae,Todd, Meikle, Bell, White, Hill
Full Time: Valspar 5-4 Ayr Boswell
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