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City of Glasgow College storm to the title after 5-0 rout against Glasgow Caledonian University

City of Glasgow College 5

Turnbull (OG) 14, Martin 20, 25, Wilson 44, Russell 65

Glasgow Caledonian University 0

  • Monday, 19 March 2018
  • Firhill Complex
  • College & University
  • BUCS Scottish 5A Mens

A dominant display from City of Glasgow College ensured they took the BUCS Scottish 5A title with a resounding 5-0 win over Glasgow Caledonian University.

An unfortunate James Turnbull own goal was added to by a brace from James Martin and a James Wilson strike before the break. Substitute Chris Russell put the icing on the cake with a second-half fifth to round off a powerful display from City of Glasgow, who have now scored 15 goals in their last three games.

The tone was set early on, with Martin in particular causing mayhem with his directness and pace in-behind the Caley defence. It was Martin who had the first effort of the game as he cut in from the right, before lashing a low effort wide.

COG were pushing forward at every opportunity as they looked to hit the front. Martin won a couple of free-kicks around the penalty area, again won through his pacey runs. Both free-kicks came close, with the first clipping the outside of the post before the second was curled just over the bar.

A deep corner from COG nearly crept in, but Michael Linton was there to clear it off the line.

It took another corner to give COG the lead. A deep cross seemed to cause chaos in the Caledonian box. A scramash ensued that saw the ball rattle off the unfortunate Turnbull and into the net, giving COG the lead they deserved.

It took Caledonian around 25 minutes before they had their first effort on goal. It came from a free-kick won through Scott Bruce's pace. The resultant cross was deflected into the path of Cal Craigie, whose low effort was easily held by the composed Cameron Godfrey.

The slight scare seemed to spark Martin back into life for COG, and his sheer pace broke in behind Caley on another two occasions within a minute. The first saw him cut inside and curl just past the post, before he again broke through and slotted past Nathan McKenna for 2-0.

The second goal sparked some positive play from Glasgow Caledonian, but they were up against a stout COG defence, protected extremely well by Mazime Neossi that refused the university side any opportunities to break through them.

And it was soon 3-0. A lovely move involving Cammy McIntosh and Martin saw the former cross perfectly for the latter to bury first-time into the bottom right-hand corner.

Wilson rounded off a sensational first-half for COG with a clean strike from 25 yards that McKenna failed to deal with, with the goalkeeper unfortunately parrying it into his own net.

  • Half Time:
  • City of Glasgow College
  • 4-0
  • Glasgow Caledonian University

The second-half was a formality, with COG in cruise control and happy to knock the ball around and keep it away from Caley. 

COG were still probing and looking for space in behind the Caley defence, but credit must go to Caledonian, who shut off the space well and got some timely blocks in throughout the second-half to keep the score-line down.

Andrew MacMillan in particular was industrious in the midfield, and never allowed COG to have it all their own way in the second half. Chances, however, remained at a premium for the university, who made a trio of substitutions to try and change that.

Andrew Petrie was given a thankless task as the lone-striker for the final 25 minutes. Some good balls over the top gave him something to chase, but the no-nonsense work of Lewis Dawson in particular meant mistakes were rare from COG.

As the half wore on, half-chances started to arrive for Caley. Ronan Coyle nearly capitalised on a heavy touch from Godfrey, but was taken out just outside the area to win a free-kick. The resulting strike from Linton went just over.

Despite the positives for Caley in the second half, COG showed their class by notching a fifth goal. Moments after Calum Mcleod poked just wide, Russell rounded off the win after getting beyond the Caley defence and slotting calmly past McKenna for 5-0.

Another late free-kick from Linton went well over, but the full-time whistle soon went and brought to an end a sensational performance from the City of Glasgow College.

The win secured the BUCS Scottish 5A title for the first time in COG's history, and it was a performance deserving of the accolade. 

  • Full Time:
  • City of Glasgow College
  • 5-0
  • Glasgow Caledonian University

Lineups

City of Glasgow College
Glasgow Caledonian University
1. Cameron Godfrey
2. Michael Hall
3. Lee David
4. Maxime Neossi
5. Lewis Dawson
6. Calum Mcleod
7. Aaron Owen
8. Douglas Macleod
9. James Harvie
10. James Martin
11. Jamie Wilson
12. Chris Russell
14. John Paul Conroy
15. Mahamad Mumin
16. Cammy McIntosh
17. Marc Whyte
1. Nathan McKenna
2. Lex Elliott
3. Jamie Shuttleworth
4. Ronan Coyle
6. Andrew Macmillan
7. Cal Craigie
8. Andrew McCall
9. Andrew Petrie
10. Aidan Smith
11. Daniel Vilafranca
12. Fabio Del Luca
13. Michael Linton
15. Keir Campbell
16. Harry Day
17. Scott Bruce
23. James Turnbull
Star Player
City of Glasgow College
Glasgow Caledonian University
James Martin - He was simply incredible. Martin's pace and directness caused Caledonian problems all evening. His brace was fully deserved, with his low centre of gravity proving difficult to deal with for the GCU back-line.
Andrew Macmillan - It was a difficult game for every player in the Caley side, but Macmillan was impressive with his energy in the midfield. He tried to shut down the space that COG got so much joy from in the first 45, and put in a real shift for GCU.
Magic Moment
City of Glasgow College
Glasgow Caledonian University
Out of all of COG's goals, the third was a real gem. After being sent away down the right, a beautiful ball was crossed in for Martin to bury with a well-placed first-time strike. It was well-worked and well-executed, and really put the game beyond Caley's reach.
There wasn't many chances of note for Caley, or indeed moments of success when on the ball. However, good anticipation from Coyle created a real chance before he was felled by Godfrey. It was well spotted from Coyle to spot the error, and he was unlucky that he was felled before being able to pull the trigger.
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