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Arthurlie sweep past Drumchapel to claim League Cup

Arthurlie Juniors FC 3

Whitehorn 19', Brown 30', McTaggart 83'

Drumchapel United 0

  • Sunday, 29 May 2016
  • Parklea Recreation Ground, Port Glasgow
  • Under 17´s
  • Paisley & Johnstone District YFL Tom McPhillips Cup Final

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
Author's Bio | Articles by Author [email protected]lscotland.co.uk

The last final of a jam packed weekend at Parklea saw Arthurlie come away convincing winners of the Tom McPhillips League Cup, as they defeated Drumchapel United in the summer swelter. And it never looked in much doubt from the outset, as the Barrhead side dominated proceedings to see out their season in style.

Arthurlie though never quite reached the standards they set themselves in a scrappier second half, with both sides perhaps toiling in unseasonal heat on a perfect Summer’s day. The end proceedings were largely pedestrian until James McTaggart put all doubts aside with seven minutes on the clock.

A couple of early chances set the pattern, with McTaggart coming close to opening the Arthurlie account in the opening stages. Drumchapel keeper Jack Hamilton was to have a busy time of it, as the defenders in front of him were stretched to cope with the movement of the Arthurlie attackers.

Ross Mundy was proving the driving force in midfield, and tested Hamilton’s handling skills on 17 minutes after a quick flowing move. His passing vision was also picking out the space in behind as an opener seemed only a question of time.

It arrived on 19 minutes. This time the danger came down the flank, and Shaun Clark’s pinpoint pass found Dean Whitehorn free in the box to head home the opener.

Mundy was to have another rasping shot saved a minute later with Arthurlie first to every ball in midfield at this stage. The midfielder could have extended the lead further but couldn’t get hold of a free header in the box on 27 minutes.

Drumchapel were being pushed ever deeper and could not exert any real pressure on the Arthurlie back line. The second goal arrived on the half hour after a defensive mix up allowed Paul Brown to nip in and beat Hamilton from close range.

But for all their chances the Arthurlie lead only remained at only two goals. Another pinpoint pass by Mundy had Morgan Duncan bearing down on goal, but Hamilton stood up well to block the shot on the half hour.

 
  • Half Time:
  • Arthurlie Juniors FC
  • 2-0
  • Drumchapel United

Drumpchapel hung on to regroup just two goals down at half time, so with just a glimmer of hope. A change of thinking was needed though for them to press up the pitch and try and exert some pressure on the Arthurlie back line.

They emerged in the second half trying to lift the tempo, and may also have been helped by Arthurlie taking their foot off the gas. But they were still struggling to create chances, with their first meaningful attempt on 70 minutes, as Kieran O’Connor shot straight at Peter Lochans.

The game was to become disjointed, with the Arthurlie bench berating their players for losing their focus from the first half. Several sloppy passages of play almost had Drumchapel back in the game, but they were unable to seriously mount a challenge.

And all doubts were cast aside on 83 minutes, as McTaggart burst through into the area, and with a fine low strike beat Hamilton at his far post to get the Arthurlie party started.

In truth this second half had an end of season feel to it, but it all rounds off Arthurlie’s season in style, with them well worth their moment of glory as they went up to hoist the trophy in Port Glasgow sunshine. That will be the lasting memory for these players after a long hard season.

  • Full Time:
  • Arthurlie Juniors FC
  • 3-0
  • Drumchapel United

Lineups

Arthurlie Juniors FC
Drumchapel United
1. Peter Lochans
2. Shaun Clark
3. Andy Deane
5. Struan McLean
6. Morgan Duncan
7. Ross McCrorie
8. Ross Mundy
9. Murray Wilson
10. Paul Brown
11. Reiss McFadden
12. Josh Graham
14. James McTaggart
16. Dean Whitehorn
17. Ross McCaw
15. Ben Cardwell
1. Jack Hamilton
2. Michael Nugent
10. Calvin Bisset
14. Thomas Tolland
9. Kieran Douglas
6. Jamie McMillan
4. Ryan Haggerty
7. James Hesketh
14. Gavin Morrison
16. Kyle Anderson
2. Matthew Lesler
5. Declan Thallon
8. Kieran O’Connor
15. Kyle McKellar
17. Scott Rooney
Star Player
Arthurlie Juniors FC
Drumchapel United
Ross Mundy pulled the strings in midfield for Arthurlie, particularly in midfield.
Jack Hamilton did well as the final line of the Drumchapel defence, called into action with some good stops.
Magic Moment
Arthurlie Juniors FC
Drumchapel United
McTaggart finally put the game to bed and sealed the cup on 83 minutes.
it could have been a different game if O'Connor had taken his chance on 70 minutes.
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