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Giffnock on the march with win at Williamwood

Giffnock SC 8

Slade 18, Connolly 29, 49, Smith 54, 57, Reid 62, Barber 65, Miller 68

Erskine YFC 0

  • Saturday, 28 February 2015
  • Williamwood High School
  • Under 13´s
  • PJDYFL Division 1

Steven Mair | YFS West Region Journalist
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Giffnock SC stormed to an 8-0 win over Erskine YFC at Williamwood High School.
Erskine had to start with only ten men and goals from Finlay Slade, Matthew Connolly (2), Christopher Smith (2), Jack Reid, Luke Barber and Thomas Miller saw the South side outfit build momentum going into the business end of the PJDYFL Division 1 and also their cup derby double header against Giffnock SC Reds.
The match started brightly with Giffnock all about attack. Connolly's through ball sent Joseph Adair scampering through on goal; however Alec White in the Erskine goal produced a fine save one-on-one.
It became apparent that Connolly was to be heavily involved in the game, as he then went on to strike the Erskine crossbar with a curling effort from the edge of the box. The follow-up from Slade was well smothered by White - who had the pacey Giffnock front three of Connolly, Adair and Slade scratching their heads as to how they were going to find a way through.
However midway through the half Giffnock did find a way through. Euan Ross drove a low cross into the Erskine penalty area which white pushed out, however the ball fell kindly to the late arrival Slade who bundled the ball in from close range.
Erskine didn't let this setback get to them however and fought for every ball with inspiring commitment and determination.
Adair then sped down the left for Giffnock. Going to ground, the Giffnock players demanded a penalty - all but Connolly, who struck the woodwork for the second time in the match.
Connolly's beleaguered frustration didn't last long. It was third time lucky for the central prong of Giffnock's attack as his ambitious rocket of a shot crept in underneath the crossbar to make it 2-0.
Giffnock had one last opportunity before the end of the half: Adair and Ross Sinclair exchanged tidy one-touch passes to set Connolly clear, however White managed another terrific stop.
  • Half Time:
  • Giffnock SC
  • 2-0
  • Erskine YFC
Giffnock were slower to start in the second half, a real testament to Erskine's desire and hunger.
However the Red and Blacks eventually found a way through. Adair's grafting on the left allowed him to cross for Connolly, who coolly finished into the bottom corner for his second and Giffnock's third.
Giffnock then got a second of the half soon after as Adair undertook the latest in a series of byzantine runs on the left flank and crossed for the substitute Smith, who took a few touches and dispatched it into the bottom right.
Smith clearly enjoyed his goal, as minutes later he added a second. Taking advantage of Erskine pushing men forward to get back in the game, the number 12 took a clearance on the right in his stride, sprinted towards goal and slid the ball underneath the keeper for 5-0.
The home side had their tails up now and were in the mood for more. Reid was the next to get on the scoresheet, the number 14 controlling a touch back from Miller and volleying it into the roof of the net for the best goal of the game.
Erskine never once had their heads down however and carried on valiantly. Despite their efforts Giffnock managed a seventh through Luke Barber. Another of the substitutes getting a goal today, he was sent through on the right and his finish, although a little close to White, was incredibly powerful and matched the bombastic display of Giffnock throughout the game.
And the icing on the cake for Giffnock was a goal from a third substitute: Thomas Miller had been influential in creating several of his side's goals, but he took it upon himself this time to run through the Erskine defence and finish low into the bottom right corner.
  • Full Time:
  • Giffnock SC
  • 8-0
  • Erskine YFC


Giffnock SC
Erskine YFC

Star Player
Giffnock SC
Erskine YFC
Matthew Connolly. He was a constant menace to the Erskine back four and his crucial brace set his team up well for the win.
Alec White. The goalkeeper showed off a series of inspiring saves at one-on-ones and also bravery to dive at the feet of onrushing attackers.
Magic Moment
Giffnock SC
Erskine YFC
Jack Reid's sumptuous volleyed goal will be savoured by himself for a long time.
Alec White pulled off a terrific point-blank save after the ball hit the crossbar and came out to Finlay Slade.
Club Views
Giffnock SC
Erskine YFC
Matthew Tunn, captain of Giffnock SC, said: "The boys played very well and it was a good victory. I think personally I moved the ball around well. The season is going well, just need to win the next few games and keep the confidence up. I think our best performer was Thomas [Miller], he played well, moved the ball around quickly and took lots of men on."
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