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KSC Phoenix win in David McNaught Cup group one

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KSC Pheonix
Caledonian Youth
U15's David McNaught Cup - Group 1
17 March 2014
With both sides having several key players playing for the South West Region the night before, there was to be no hangovers had within the Ranks as all players made their domestic clubs fixture after only a few hours rest.

Caley Youth opted to rest two of their regional boys from their starting line up perhaps given the short space between matches, however Phoenix saw their three as integral to the result they had hoped for.

This match really got of to a flyer with Caley Youth bringing the match to the home side in the opening 10 minutes, in fact the match up until this point was practically being played in the home sides half, surely there was no way Caley could sustain this tempo! thankfully for Phoenix they could not and as a result as we reached the midway point of the half KSC had stretched in front in terms of possession and goals. The first of which was result of some meet play down the left flank as the ball was flashed across the Caley penalty area by KSC number 10 Jamie Lyndsey, his in rushing strike partner made enough of a nuisance  of himself to get between the out coming keeper and his centre back, the result was a freak own goal as the ball cannoned of the keeper onto the defender and back toward goal and into the net.

This goal seemed to deflate Caley despite their early pressure, however KSC were pressing further and further in search of another goal, and they didn't have to long to wait. On 25 minutes a corner straight from the training field had Caley in total disarray, the result a bullet header high into the net by Phoenix vice captain Logan Craig leaving Caleys Kyle McLymont with no chance.

Next up was the influential Phoenix number 9 Ryan Strain, again after some neat link up play down the right wing Strain burst into the box however as he jinked his way through the Caley rear guard Dylan Robb would be the culprit as he whipped his legs away before pulling the trigger, no mistake a clear penalty, up stepped Mr Phoenix AKA Jack Ryan to cooly smash the ball in from the wee white spot 3-0 Phoenix!

With only a few minutes elapsed since number three went in KSCs Morgan Loudon wanted in on the act, after out muscling his man on the edge of the area he unleashed a ferocious shot high into the net. This match was turning into a white wash, surely there was no way back for Caley.

Caley would end the half snatching a consolation goal courtesy of the KSC keeper opting to juggle a tame ball into his own net.

Half Time: KSC Phoenix 4-1 Caley Youth

Like the first half Caley youth were to start the second period on the front foot, the result another quick goal consequence of a ball fired low into a crowded box, with everyone caught out the ball flew past the helpless KSC Keeper low into his far right. 4-2 game on, Caley continued to press and around the 65 minute mark they would etch a step closer to their cup rivals, another calamity at the back saw an over crowded box with a ball fired in high past the keeper from Caleys Morgan Bird.

Despite this resurgence from Caley KSC were still pressing at the other end, however after some neat outfield play the final ball was starting to allude them, perhaps weary legs now starting to show after the previous nights excretions or maybe not! at 4-3 the next goal was as crucial as ever, Caley were going for it and Phoenix were likewise. As the match came to a close KSC freshened up the frontline sending on John Jamieson, with the result practically instant as the Phoenix forward met a low cross into the box from Phoenix Captain Jay Anderson stabbing the ball home from 6 yards to finally nail the match.

There was few notes of action in the remaining seconds before the ref blew for full time.

An entertaining match in the David McNaught sponsors cup none the less, in the end KSC were well worthy winners despite allowing the visitors back into the match at 4-0 down. 

Credit to Caley who kept on going to the end despite going 4 down in the first half.

KSC Star Players Jack Ryan and Morgan Loudon both on the score sheet and both dictated play in their own areas of the park.

Caley Youth Star Player no 17 James McIntosh, his pace caused the Phoenix rear guard problems all day, ran himself out in first half and perhaps unlucky not to of had more support in the first period as he looked more of a threat when a second striker was introduced in the second half. 
Full Time: KSC Phoenix 5-3 Caley Youth
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