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Quickfire goals help secure P&JDYFL Division 3 Cup for Kilwinning Rangers

Kilwinning Rangers 3

McGinn 56, Strain 57, Davis 80

Glasgow East FC 1

Irwin (p) 36
  • Saturday, 19 May 2018
  • King George V Park, Renfrew
  • Under 19´s
  • P&JDYFL Division 3 Cup
Two quickfire goals by Kilwinning Rangers turned the P&JDYFL Division 3 Final on its head as they ran out champions against a strong Glasgow East side at King George V Park in Renfrew.
 
A Kieran Irwin penalty in the first half put Glasgow in the driving seat, but Kilwinning turned the game in their favour with two quick goals from Billy McGinn and Ryan Strain. Sean Davis completed the scoring late on to secure the trophy in a very entertaining match for the neutral on a sunny day in Renfrew.
 
Kilwinning had the first real opportunity of the match when Strain hit a long shot that looked to be heading in before curling away from goal at the last second. Strain nearly opened the scoring again five minutes later when his glancing header from a corner went just wide.
 
Rangers struck the woodwork just before the 20 minute mark when Davis hit one on the half-volley only to see his effort cannon off the crossbar and cleared from danger by the Glasgow defence.
 
Glasgows first real sight at goal came shortly after but Daniel Zekaj's effort from just outside the box went flying over the bar. Shortly after they hit the woodwork themselves as a corner from Darren Burns hit the top of the crossbar on its way behind.
 
Kilwinning were having the better opportunities in the match but crucially weren't making any of them count annd Glasgow took full advantage when they were awarded a penalty on the 36th minute. Irwin made no mistake from the spot, firing into the top corner leaving 'keeper  Drew Kiefer no chance.
 
Kilwinning were nearly level within two minutes when a snapshot by McGinn had to be well saved by Sean Twigg, made all the more impressive considering he was playing with an injury to his back.
 
The last chance of the half fell to Kilwinning and the crossbar was playing a major role again, this time keeping out Jamie Cook's free-kick.
  • Half Time:
  • Kilwinning Rangers
  • 0-1
  • Glasgow East FC
Kilwinning were level within 11 minutes of the restart when a long throw into the Glasgow box was knocked down by Davis into the path of McGinn who fired a powerful shot low past Twigg.
 
Less than a minute later, they were ahead after a Rangers attacker pounced on a mistake from the Glasgow backline to place a low cross into the path of Strain who made his opportunity count to give his side the lead for the first time in the match.
 
Glasgow were pushing players forward in search of an equaliser, but the Kilwinning defence was holding strong. In fact their best chances of the half came the way of set pieces and nearly found a leveller 15 minutes from time when a free-kick was swung into the box and was met by Zekaj, who fired his header just wide.
 
A corner less than 10 minutes later provided another opportunity for Glasgow, but this time it was Ryan Houston who ran from deep to connect with a bullet header that once again went just wide of the post.
 
Kilwinning completed the scoring with just 10 minutes left to play when good play down the right by Rangers saw the ball cut back for Davis who fired beyond Twigg to leave the result in no doubt.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Kilwinning Rangers
  • 3-1
  • Glasgow East FC

Lineups

Kilwinning Rangers
Glasgow East FC
1. Drew Kiefer
2. Jamie Taggart
4. Jamie Cook
5. Connor Reid
7. Billy McGinn
8. Ryan Strain
9. Connor Cunningham
10. Jack Cummings
11. Jordan Shearer
12. Cameron McLintock
14. Austin Gunn
16. Finlay Grier
17. Owen Finnigan
19. Christopher Stillie
20. Sean Davis
21. Samuel Wynn
1. Sean Twigg
2. Cal McLean
3. Eryk Szymczak
4. Gary Cowan
5. Brandon McCormack
6. Ryan Houston
7. Liam Bryan
8. Daniel Zekaj
9. Kieran Irwin
11. Joe Hughes
12. Cameron McAuley
14. Jack Goldfarb
15. Daniel Gordon
18. Darren Burns
19. Liam Bain
23. John Michael Green
Star Player
Kilwinning Rangers
Glasgow East FC
Ryan Strain - Was heavily involved in a great deal of his sides attacking play
Brandon McCormack - The centre-half was commanding and rarely missed a header all game
Magic Moment
Kilwinning Rangers
Glasgow East FC
Strain's goal - Kilwinning were left frustrated with their first half performance so to grab the lead so quickly after equalising was a massive boost
Irwin's penalty - Gave Glasgow the lead which they looked more than capable of defending before losing those two quick goals
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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