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Antonine complete comeback to reach West Region Cup Semi Final

Antonine Blacks 3

Clark 38, Gallagher 65, McMillan 68

Johnstone Burgh 1

Dembele 4
  • Sunday, 12 April 2015
  • Colquhoun Park
  • Under 19´s
  • SYFA West Region Cup

David Brockett | YFS West Dunbartonshire Senior Reporter
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Antonine came from a goal behind to reach the semi final of the West Region Cup with a 3-1 win over Johnstone Burgh on Sunday.

Goals from Ruairidh Clark, Sam Gallagher and Daryl McMillan cancelled out Siriki Dembele’s earlier strike as Antonine, unbeaten in the league so far this season, progressed to the next round.

Burgh keeper Dillan Alexander had to be alert from the off when, with just forty seconds played, Daryl McMillan skipped past a challenge on the left channel before floating the ball into David Seagrave who got his shot away. Alexander produced a wonder save to expertly tip the ball round the post in what was a lively start to a hotly contested tie. 

Despite the promising start, it was the visitors who took the lead inside four minutes. Fantastic movement from Dembele saw him latch on to a wonderful through ball, cooly slotting the ball under Antonine goalkeeper Scott Wright to give Burgh the early advantage. 

Less than two minutes later, Antonine should’ve been level. A corner on the left was whipped in and, unmarked at the back post, Calum Campbell’s towering header cannoned off the post in what was a gilt edged chance.

Seven minutes before half time, Antonine got their equaliser. After a good passage of play was abruptly ended with Seagrave being upended, Ruairidh Clark stepped up to curl the resulting kick up and over the four man wall, with the ball flying into the top hand corner. 

Shortly before the half time whistle, Burgh’s Michael Mulcahy and Antonine’s Sam Gallagher were first into the referee’s book, receiving cautions for an off the ball clash.

  • Half Time:
  • Antonine Blacks
  • 1-1
  • Johnstone Burgh

Midway through the first half, Antonine took the lead. Good play from Aaron Graham saw the midfielder slip the ball into Gallagher, who made no mistake from the edge of the area, driving the ball low across the goalkeeper to give the hosts a deserved lead.

Three minutes later, Antonine extended their advantage. 30 yards from goal, Daryl McMillan let fly and his stunning strike gave Alexander in the Burgh goal no chance. After netting his 25th of the season, it was to be McMillan’s last action of the match as he made way for Ryan Forrester.

Forrester almost made an immediate impact when he got on the end of Euan Urquhart’s fantastic delivery from the right, but he sent his header high over the bar. 

Burgh sensed the need to attack and switched to a three pronged attack with Andrew Skinner,  Kel Patricio Da Silva and scorer Dembele all leading the lead as they looked to rescue the game. 

With a little under two minutes of normal time to play, Dembele had the chance to double his tally for the afternoon, but his sweetly struck first time shot went a whisker wide of the post.

With Burgh attempting to press, Antonine could’ve put the game to bed on the counter attack when another great ball in by Urquhart fell at the feet of substitute Andrew Nixon, with Alexander reacting once agin to block the goal bound effort as Antonine marched on to another semi final. 

  • Full Time:
  • Antonine Blacks
  • 3-1
  • Johnstone Burgh

Lineups

Antonine Blacks
Johnstone Burgh
1. Scott Wright
2. Euan Urquhart
3. Calum Campbell
4. Christopher Dooley
5. Liam Deane
6. Aaron Graham
7. Ryan Forrester
8. Craig Cowan
9. Andrew Nixon
10. David Seagrave
11. Daryl McMillan
12. Ruairidh Clark
14. Sam Gallagher
15. Bradley Grey
16. Scott Holms
1. Dillan Alexander
3. Ross Cairns
4. Phil Mills
7. Kel Patricio Da Silva Quiala
9. Andrew Skinner
10. Siriki Dembele
12. Michael Mulcahy
13. Colin Rose
14. Ciaran Mulcahy
17. Brad Longridge
18. Liam Gallagher
Star Player
Antonine Blacks
Johnstone Burgh
Calum Campbell. Despite losing the early goal, Campbell displayed organisation, intelligence and extreme composure. Great awareness and keen to pick a pass rather than play route one.
Siriki Dembele. Could've and should've got a hattrick with a handful of chances throughout the game. Instinctive forward with a great eye for goal.
Magic Moment
Antonine Blacks
Johnstone Burgh
Daryl McMillan's wonder strike to settle the game was not only a fantastic goal but also hugely important in terms of the game overall.
Siriki Dembele's early goal was a great team move and a fantastic finish. Alexander's world class save in under a minute is also worthy of a mention.
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