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Barrhead seal double with hard-fought win

Drumsagard FC 3

McKinnon 3, 9, Welsh 72

Barrhead YFC 4

O'Hare 6, 15, 52, Scott 46
  • Sunday, 04 June 2017
  • Petershill Park
  • Under 14´s
  • West Region Cup

Barrhead added to their Scottish Cup win by overcoming league winners Drumsagard in a hotly-contested West Region Cup final.

Drumsagard kicked off in Springburn and managed to take the lead after just three minutes of play, following a well-rehearsed set piece.

Left winger Dylan Campbell took an inward-swinging corner from the left corner that was met by the head of centre back Ben Duncan. Duncan headed the ball across the box to striker Cole McKinnon, who struck a powerful volley from the centre of the box, giving Barrhead keeper Noah Campbell little chance of saving it.

Drumsagard were unable to savour their lead for very long however, with Barrhead finding an equaliser just three minutes later.

Right winger Vincent Scott broke down the right and fired a low shot at the Drumsagard goal, but Barrhead goalie Annan Lung was able to parry the shot to his right. Striker Paul O’Hare was waiting for the ball at the far post, and showed good composure by taking a touch before slotting the ball home.

Drumsagard continued to threaten from set pieces, going close with another corner. Duncan took a corner from the right and fired a high ball into the box that looked like it could go in the net. Campbell got a hand to the ball but Matthew Sorley did well to head it off the line.

Drumsagard continued to press for a goal to take the lead and looked the more likely team to score, showcasing some slick, clever passing in the final third.

McKinnon soon got his and his team’s second resulting from a corner. Duncan hit a high cross towards the back post from the right side where McKinnon was waiting, and the striker rose well to nod the ball into the back of the net.

Barrhead responded well to the goal by scoring an equaliser shortly afterwards. O’Hare did well to rob Drumsagard left back Lewis Gray of the ball, then drove towards the box, beating another Drumsagard defender in the process. The forward cut inside at the edge of the box and rifled in a powerful shot to the right of the goal.

McKinnon then came close to sealing a hat-trick when he got on the end of a long ball into the Barrhead box. McKinnon did well to turn his defender and get a shot away, but his shot rolled just wide of the far post.

Drumsagard then came close from another corner from the left. Campbell hit the ball into the box and it eventually fell to the feet of Kyle MacDonald about 12 yards from goal. MacDonald fired a shot at the bottom left corner but was denied by Vincent Scott who was waiting by the post.

Barrhead pressed hard for an advantage before half-time but struggled to create clear-cut chances. The ref soon blew his whistle and both teams left the pitch with two goals apiece.

  • Half Time:
  • Drumsagard FC
  • 2-2
  • Barrhead YFC

Barrhead came flying out of the traps at the start of the second half and soon got the goal that gave them the lead. Scott got on the end of a cross from the left wing and the unmarked winger coolly slotted a left foot shot into the bottom right corner.

Barrhead continued to press for another goal and went close when Sorley broke into the box. Sorley did well to break free of the Drumsagard defence but Lung did well to stop the attempt on goal.

O’Hare then completed his hat-trick and gave his team a two-goal cushion. Joshua Groden picked up the ball on the left wing and did well to slip through O’Hare. The striker dribbled past centre back Jay Keenan into the box and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom right corner.

The striker was delighted to grab a hat-trick for his club, as this was his last game for them before joining St Mirren in the summer.

Attacker Ethan Furze was just inches away from pulling one back for Drumsagard but was denied by Barrhead’s Adam Unsworth. Furze received the ball and turned into the box for a one-on-one, but the Barrhead centre back lunged superbly to rob Furze of the ball, who would have surely found the back of the net.

Unsworth then made another outstanding block to prevent a goal just a minute later. McKinnon broke down the left wing and squared an inviting ball across the box, only for Unsworth to block a goal-bound shot at the last moment.

Drumsagard were now dominating possession and soon got the goal that their play merited from a free kick.

Duncan hit a free kick just outside the box on the left wing which resulted in a stramash in the box. The ball eventually fell to Aaron Welsh who turned the ball into the net despite heavy pressure from the Barrhead defence.

Drumsagard continued to push players forward in the hope of finding an equaliser but this left them vulnerable on the counter and O’Hare came close to sealing victory for his side.

Groden found O’Hare with an excellent through ball that gave the striker a one-on-one with Lung. The keeper did brilliantly to close down the forward, sprinting out of the box and clearing the ball with an excellent slide tackle to keep his team in the game.

Drumsagard threw men forward in the closing stages but were unable to create any more chances. The referee blew his whistle for full-time, and Barrhead enthusiastically celebrated their victory.



  • Full Time:
  • Drumsagard FC
  • 3-4
  • Barrhead YFC


Drumsagard FC
Barrhead YFC
1. Annan Lung
2. Jay Keenan
3. Ben Duncan
4. Lewis Gray
5. Reiss Brady
6. Max Foster
7. David Tacey
8. Lyell Hunter
9. Lewis Kilpatrick
10. Cole McKinnon
11. Dylan Campbell
14. Kyle MacDonald
15. Aaron Welsh
18. Ethan Furze
20. Dean McBride
21. Rakim Mwaura
1. Noah Campbell
2. Dylan Noone
3. Adam Unsworth
4. Christopher Brogan
5. Ross Ingram
6. Lewis Hobbs
7. Logan Morrison
8. Paul O’Hare
9. Lewis McGarry
10. Vincent Scott
12. Joshua Groden
14. Andrew McIntyre
15. Lewis Barclay
16. Ross Hay
18. Matthew Sorley
23. Sam Lochhead
Star Player
Drumsagard FC
Barrhead YFC
Cole McKinnon - The forward showed great composure on the ball throughout the game and tormented the Barrhead defence. Looked dangerous every time he had the ball.
Paul O'Hare - Finished his time at Barrhead in style, scoring a hat-trick. His quick feet constantly bamboozled the Drumsagard defence who could do little to stop him. Centre back Adam Unsworth can also be very proud of his commanding display in defence.
Magic Moment
Drumsagard FC
Barrhead YFC
McKinnon's volley to open the scoring was superbly hit and highlighted the forward's excellent technique.
O'Hare's second was a wonderful bit of individual skill, with the forward's dribble only bettered by the shot at the end of it. A cracking goal.
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