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Antonine one step closer to title after convincing win

Antonine 8

Cairney 3, Gallacher 15, 55, Hutton 33, Donaghy 40, 75, Boyle 52, Sweeney 79

Oban Saints 1

MacMillan 5
  • Sunday, 19 April 2015
  • William Street
  • Under 16´s
  • DFDL

Joe McCready | YFS West Region Journalist
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Owen Gallacher and Chris Donaghy both scored twice as Antonine defeated Oban Saints 8-1. They now need to win two more matches to secure the 16's Dumbarton Football Development League title.

Oban scored through Ross MacMillan early to give the home team a fright. 

The game started quickly and within three minutes there was a goal for Antonine. Dominic Cairney slipped the ball home after Owen Gallacher played him in to give the home side the lead.

Oban recovered and were level within two minutes when MacMillan scored after a mistake in the Antonine defence to level the scores after just five minutes.

The majority of the chances fell Antonine's way, and Gallacher fired the home side back in front after a long kick from goalkeeper Andy Carroll.

However, Carroll was called into action when Oban forced the mistake. This time, Arik MacKechnie could not turn it home.

They were made to pay soon after as Antonine increased the lead after a ball across goal fell to Scott Hutton who made it 3-1 just after the half-hour mark.

The game fell into a lull for a period but Chris Donaghy placed home a well-worked goal from the edge of the 18 yard box on the verge of half time. 

  • Half Time:
  • Antonine
  • 4-1
  • Oban Saints

As the second half kicked off it started like the first but just 2 minutes in goal scorer Cairney got sent off for a kick on an Oban player.

From the resulting free kick Ross MacMillan header hit the bar and then missed the rebound and can count himself unlucky not to have reduced the deficit.

Antonine regained there attacking front with top goal scorer Adam Boyle tucking away a well worked goal for his 26th goal of the season.  

The lead was increased again as Gallacher scored from a Daniel Hamilton free kick to give Antonine a 6-1 lead.

Oban continued with chances as Carroll had to stop Jay Cooper from reducing the deficit.

Before the game was up, Antonine added two more. A wonderful free-flowing move left Chris Donaghy a chance to chip the keeper after several passes in the Oban box.

The scoring was rounded off by substitute Mark Sweeney after he scored from Calum Maxwells' short corner.

  • Full Time:
  • Antonine
  • 8-1
  • Oban Saints

Lineups

Antonine
Oban Saints
1. Andy Carroll
2. Steven Maciver
3. Liam Manley
4. Brendan Kelly
5. Dean Miller
6. Scott Hutton
7. Dominic Cairney
8. Chris Donaghy
9. Adam Boyle
10. Owen Gallacher
11. Daniel Hamilton
12. Calum Maxwell
15. Rhys McGinley
1. Mateusz Polewaczyk
3. James Macintyre
5. Patrick Macintyre
6. Zander Kilmurray
7. Daniel MacVicar
9. Ross MacMillan
10. Arik Mackechnie
12. Jay Cooper
23. Evan MacLellan
25. Owen Cooke
Star Player
Antonine
Oban Saints
The captain Brendan Kelly made crucial interceptions and passed the ball well at the back and allowed his team mates to push further forward. There are several contenders for this award - honourable mentions go to Chris Donaghy and Owen Gallacher who both scored two goals and contributed with their all-round play.
A game where the defence was needed more than the attack but Ross MacMillan's goal was vital for a short space of time before Antonine cruised to a win. He also had goalkeeper Carroll scrambling with a shot from 60 yards.
Magic Moment
Antonine
Oban Saints
The seventh goal. A free-flowing move with seven passes before Chris Donaghy scored. It epitomised the free flowing football that Antonine can produce.
Ross MacMillan's 60 yard shot. It was very nearly as good as Charlie Adams goal!
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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