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Giffnock SC blitz in Reds' Norwood nightmare

Giffnock SC Reds 0

Giffnock SC 6

Slade 9', Adair 11', 27', Anderson 35', Connolly 49', 60'
  • Saturday, 14 February 2015
  • Norwood
  • Under 13´s
  • West Region Cup

Steven Mair | YFS West Region Journalist
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Giffnock SC triumphed in a 6-0 victory over Giffnock SC Reds at Norwood. The two sides met earlier in the season, playing out a 2-2 draw, however SC had other ideas this time round.
The derby demolition which saw SC through to the next round of the West Region Cup resulted after a Joseph Adair double, sandwiched by goals from Finlay Slade and Logan Anderson, with the display capped by two second-half goals from super-sub Matthew Connolly.
SC got the match off to a flyer, scoring the opener after nine minutes. Adair took the ball just inside the Reds’ half and raced into the box. His curled effort stuck the post but came out to Anderson and the number four squared the ball to Slade, poking it in from close range.
SC were in the mood for more and added a second two minutes later. Jack Reid bombed forward from defence and whipped in a tantalising cross. Put on a plate for Adair, he tucked it past Harry Clarke in the Reds’ goal to make it 2-0.
After this early shock to the Reds’ system they upped the tempo. The left side where Adair had found joy earlier in the game proved to be a dead end.
This was apparent as the tricky number 10 got a shot away, but the pressure exerted by the Reds defenders meant he could only find the very middle of the goal where Clarke scooped the ball into his arms. Michael McCabe then had a pop from a free-kick but suffered the same fate as Adair a minute previously as Clarke plucked his curved effort out of the air.
However, SC managed a third just after. Choosing to try the right wing this time, Slade’s neat footwork provided space for a ball into the box. Slade’s creative chip to the near post was inviting for Adair who made no mistake in nodding the ball into the net for his second and SC’s third.
It became obvious Adair was a vital cog in SC’s attacking setup. He was again crucial for SC’s fourth. Adair’s hard grafting on the left saw the ball break for Reid who slid it across to Anderson, the number four coincidentally scoring SC’s number four, producing a calm finish into the bottom right.
  • Half Time:
  • Giffnock SC Reds
  • 0-4
  • Giffnock SC
SC made a number of changes at half-time and it was clear that gaffer Stuart Sinclair’s decisions paid off. Two substitutes combined for their fifth: Matthew Tunn sprinted down the right to whip in a low cross for Connolly, who dispatched it past the keeper.
Five minutes later Connolly came close to adding a quick second. A through ball from midfield sent him clear, but he was brilliantly foiled by Clarke in the Reds’ goal.
Reds didn’t give up in their endeavours in a comparatively uneventful second-half and showed impressive fitness to press the SC back four relentlessly. However the defence, particularly centre-back Sam Cadden, weren’t fazed and time after time coolly laid it off to keeper Daniel Smith to distribute downfield. The match was played in good spirits and the only bother turned out to be a pitch invasion from a dog escaped from its leash.
SC scored their sixth and final goal through the two subs that combined for the fifth. Tunn’s skilful footwork allowed space to thread the ball through to Connolly, who made no mistake in finessing the ball into the bottom corner.
  • Full Time:
  • Giffnock SC Reds
  • 0-6
  • Giffnock SC


Giffnock SC Reds
Giffnock SC
1. Harry Clarke
2. Robert Brownlee
3. Sean Joseph Ramsay
4. Conail McLaughlin
6. Dominic Goodwin
7. Matthew Murphy
8. Ross Clarke
9. Adam Ladjadj
10. Louis Galasso
11. Max MacDonald
12. Andrew Rooney
14. Declan Moore
15. Joshua Thurlow
16. Calum MacDonald
17. Scott Feeney
18. Tinashe Mugwanda
1. Daniel Smith
3. Michael McCabe
4. Logan Anderson
5. Sam Cadden
6. Matthew Tunn
7. Luke Barber
8. Ross Sinclair
9. Euan Ross
10. Joseph Adair
11. Finlay Slade
12. Thomas Miller
14. Jack Reid
15. Jay Shields
16. Thomas McAuliffe
17. Matthew Connolly
Star Player
Giffnock SC Reds
Giffnock SC
Harry Clarke - pulled off a series of good saves throughout and showed good handling in doing so.
Joseph Adair - the winger was a constant menace to the Reds back-line and pitched in with two goals.
Magic Moment
Giffnock SC Reds
Giffnock SC
Clarke made a great stop against Connolly one-on-one.
SC's third goal came from ingenious play from Slade on the right and Adair was delighted after his close-range header.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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