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PFD United lift cup after sweltering extra time battle

PFD United 3

O'Malley 21', Carrigan 71', McGregor 85', Murray 98'

Hamilton Academical BC 2

Torrance 35', Coupland 40'
  • Sunday, 29 May 2016
  • Parklea Recreation Ground, Port Glasgow
  • Under 16´s
  • P&J DYFL Tom McPhillips League Cup Final

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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It was a game swung both ways, played in sweltering extra time heat in Port Glasgow . In the end PFD United emerged as worthy Tom McPhillips League Cup winners on the balance of chances at Parklea, but only after being pushed into extra time by Accies. The game’s decisive moment may just have been late on when Accies were reduced to 10 men, which PFD were to take full advantage of in the additional time against tiring opponents.

Perhaps PFD might have wondered why the game was not beyond Accies in normal time, having carved out by far the best of the opportunities. Instead it was Accies who gave them a lesson in finishing to take the lead on the cusp of half time. But United regrouped to eventually lift the Tom McPhillips Cup and cap a successful season.

Both sides set up in 4-4-2 formation as the game began a midfield chess match, with neither side quite stamping their authority on it. Both were earning set pieces around the box, allowing the respective keepers to get an easy touch of the ball for the opening 20 minutes.

The first real test for Stephen Mooney in the Hamilton goal was to pick the ball out of his net on 21 minutes as his side were undone from one of these set pieces. This time Connor Gunn’s free kick caused some hesitation in the defence and Alan O’Malley was on hand to nip in and score at the far post.

PFD were looking rampant and threatened to put the game out of sight two minutes later, but Charlie McQuillan could only shoot over after good feet had got him through on the Mooney’s goal. Up front Patrick Carrigan was also causing chaos with some tricky runs beyond the Accies defence, but unable to convert opportunities.

Hamilton’s best effort on target to this point was a Robbie Torrance strike from the edge of the box, which the PFD keeper handled to parry clear. They turned it round though, against all odds, to go into the lead at half time.

Firstly, a great run down the right by Aaron Black found the winger in space to pick out Robbie Torrance in the box. He tapped home the equaliser from close range. And Accies went one better again as they took the lead right on the ref’s whistle for the break. It came down the opposite flank, as Reece Patrick Coyle found Cameron Wray with a good through ball to cross for Stephen Coupland unmarked to finish.

  • Half Time:
  • PFD United
  • 1-2
  • Hamilton Academical BC

For all the early PFD early promise, Accies had given them a lesson in taking your chances. As the sides emerged for the second half, the onus was on PFD, and the pressure slowly built in this half towards the Hamilton goal.

Carrigan could have had a hat trick by now, but just was not getting the shots away having got on the end of crosses. Another good chance came his way on the hour marked but he was not able to convert.

Meanwhile Robert Murray chipped just wide after good PFD build up play, and Jack Wilson was unable to connect with an Dylan McMillan free kick with the goal at his mercy. Were they beginning to wonder if this was their day? Caution was being thrown to wind as PFD threw players forward for the final 15 minutes, with Accies content to soak it up.

The game was certainly opening up in tiring hot conditions for both sets of players. And it was PFD who forced themselves level after chances fell at both ends in the closing stages. Accies could have finished it just before, as Connor Reid exploited space behind the PFD backline to play in Coupland. The striker did everything right, until he pushed his shot just wide of the keeper’s near post.

Then the game took its decisive turn on 71 minutes, as Carrigan finally converted a chance to force PFD level after good work by Lewis Holloway. Five minutes later and Accies were reduced to 10 men with Joseph McDaid dismissed, and suddenly the prospect of an extra 20 minutes in the heat looked much rosier for United.

  • Full Time:
  • PFD United
  • 2-2
  • Hamilton Academical BC
The two squared off now for the additional 20 minutes, and PFD went all out to make that extra player count. The breakthrough came five minutes in as Carrigan again found himself clear, his shot striking the post. Lewis McGregor was on hand though to make sure from the rebound.

Two minutes later and Carrigan played in Zvelare and another good chance went begging. Both groups of players were struggling now in the closing stages.

Hamilton went four up front in the closing stages, and a final chance fell to no.10 for Hamilton but the no.1 proved equal to it, pulling off a fine stop.

PFD were not to be denied, though, as a goal kick caught Accies upfield and Murray ran through to finally clinch the cup for his side.

Lineups

PFD United
Hamilton Academical BC
1. David Ralston
12. Nqomi Zvelare
4. Lewis Holloway
9. Dylan MacMillan
11. Lewis McGregor
10. Charlie McQuillan
14. Robert Murray
3. Ross Ramsay
9. Patrick Carrigan
6. Jack Wilson
5. Conor Gunn
2. Alan O'Malley
1. Stephen Mooney
2. Kieran Reid
3. Kieran McConville
4. Declan Moore
5. Kins Johnston
6. Lewis Campbell
7. Aaron Black
8. Reece Patrick Coyle
9. Joseph McDaid
10. Stephen Coupland
12 Robbie Torrance
15. Cameron Wray
16. Connor Reid
17. Bailey Harvey
Star Player
PFD United
Hamilton Academical BC
Carrigan caused problems all day for the Hamilton defence and could have had a hatful of goals.
Stephen Coupland had a good game up front for Accies
Magic Moment
PFD United
Hamilton Academical BC
Murray finally put distance between the sides in extra time to make sure the cup was PFD's
Coupland's goal right on the whistle looked to have given Hamilton the half time momentum.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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