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Antonine treble enough to claim vital win against Giffnock SC Lazio

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Fixture: Giffnock SC Lazio v Antonine FC
Competition: PJDYFL Division 2
Date: Saturday, 9th April 2016
 
Antonine travelled to Giffnock, on the 9th April, for a crucial top of the table clash.
 
Antonine started the better after getting their passing and movement going right from the start.
 
Danny Hamilton was the first to try his luck at goal, forcing the Giffnock 'keeper into a save.
 
Giffnock's first opportunity came when an inswinging corner was headed off the line by Calum Maxwell.In the eighth minute an eight pass move saw Chris Donaghy play in Adam Boyle out wide on the right. He fired in a pinpoint cross that was duly headed home by Lewis Smith to open the scoring - a great team goal.
 
Antonine smelled blood as they soon dominated proceedings. Hamilton, Boyle and Donaghy all came close before Ryan Gillies was called into action with a save at his near post.
 
Scott Hutton had a shot saved, Donaghy hit the crossbar and Boyle saw the keeper save his later effort.
 
In the 22nd minute another great passing move saw Donaghy play in Smith, but his shot hit the post. From 12 yards out, however, Dom Cairney fired the rebound high into the net to notch his fifth goal of the season.
 
Hamilton and Donaghy came close again for Antonine before Lewis Smith, in the 32nd minute, fired a cross towards the back post, which sailed over the keeper and into the net. This took Smith's goal tally to 34 in the season and made it 3-0 to Antonine.
 
Giffnock pulled a goal back five minutes before the half time break when their striker fired home a cutback from the left wing.
 
Half Time: Giffnock SC Lazio 1-3 Antonine FC
 
Giffnock came out on the front foot in the second half and bombarded the Antonine defence with a number of aerial balls. However, the Antonine defence dealt with it comfortably with goalkeeper, Gillies, only really dealing with high crosses.
 
Antonine came back into it with Hutton, Donaghy and Mckendrick all coming close as they saw the game out to take a vital victory. That win moved the team back to the top of the table, on goal difference, but having played two games more.
 
It was an excellent first half performance and a very professional one in the second.
 
Full Time: Giffnock SC Lazio 1-3 Antonine FC
 
Squad: Gillies, Maciver, Maxwell, Kelly, Miller, Hutton, Cairney, Donaghy, Boyle, Smith, Hamilton, Gallacher, Wallace, Shaw, Mckendrick, James
 
Man of Match: Brendan Kelly
 
 
 
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