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Harmony Row power their way to West Region Cup with 5-1 win against St Andrew's

Harmony Row 5

Seagrave 17, Drennan 41, Freedman 48, MacKenzie 65, Harwood (pen) 76

St Andrew's BC 1

Robertson 90+2
  • Saturday, 09 June 2018
  • Petershill Stadium
  • Under 19´s
  • West Region Cup Under-19s

A one-sided West Region Cup final between Harmony Row and St Andrew's BC ended in a 5-1 success for Harmony.

First-half goals from Thomas Seagrave and Chrissy Drennan were added to by strikes from Charlie Freedman, Ross MacKenzie, and a late Ben Harwood penalty to secure the trophy in convincing fashion. Aiden Robertson notched a late consolation for St Andrew's, who just couldn't keep up with Harmony Row as the game went on.

Yet, despite the convincing fashion of victory, it was a very competitive first 45 between the two sides.

Harwood was a live wire throughout, and two early runs down the right saw him cross into the area with nobody there to attack the crosses. It was an impressive start for Harmony, who were often looking down their right flank for inspiration.

St Andrew's were quiet in the early stages, but did get their first opening on 10 minutes when Adam Houlihan rattled a half-volley off the bar. The rebound fell kindly for Ryan Dickson, but he could only head straight at Dylan Austin.

It was a signal of intent from St Andrew's, but they also had to heed the warning that Seagrave was giving them up front. Twice he seemed to get in behind the St Andrew's defence with ease, but was either let down by his control or an advancing Declan Tinney.

Seagrave, however, wouldn't be denied for a third time. A simple long ball saw him run beyond the defence, and there a was a swagger to his stride as he ran through on goal and calmly slotted Harmony Row in front.

The next five minutes or so saw a good response from St Andrew's. Robertson nearly came close after collecting a spill from Austin, but he was quickly shutdown. Meanwhile, Dickson thought he had equalised when he towered home a header from a terrific Robertson cross down the left. However, unfortunately for Dickson, he was flagged for offside.

Robertson was looking like St Andrew's most likely influence, having a couple more moments down the left that could've reaped rewards had their been a better final ball or killer touch.

St Andrew's should've levelled just before the 40 minute mark, when an incredible series saw Robertson glance a header onto the bar before a rebound effort from Jay Devlin was somehow stopped by Austin. The rebound looked certain for the net, and massive credit must go to Austin for how he got himself up from Robertson's header to beat the ball away.

And it would pay off just moments before the break as Harmony Row extended their advantage. Their didn't seem to be a lot on for Drennan. However, after weaving past several challenges into the penalty area, the winger slotted home confidently with his right foot to give Harmony Row a strong lead heading into the break.

  • Half Time:
  • Harmony Row
  • 2-0
  • St Andrew's BC

Harwood's run down the left early in the second half saw him flash a shot wide, but it wouldn't be long before Harmony Row did extend their lead as they took advantage of a fast start to the second 45.

Lovely link-up play between Harwood and MacKenzie saw the former dart into the box from the right-hand side. He spotted the run off Freedman, who was square to slot the ball into the empty net.

Another charge by MacKenzie saw him cross for Harwood to head, but it was a weak effort that went straight into the clutches of Tinney.

At this point, the wind was sucked out of a St Andrew's side who had missed big chances throughout the first half. Harmony Row, at this stage, were dominant, and had several close-calls from Harwood on two occasions and MacKenzie.

St Andrew's tried to push their full-backs forward, and it left them too exposed on every occasion in which Harmony Row won the ball back. 

This was used to full effect to make it 4-0 on 65 minutes. A simple long ball over the top was misjudged by Kevin McCole - allowing MacKenzie to stride forward and slot home when one-on-one.

It was becoming a clinical display from Harmony Row, who were taking their opportunities where St Andrew's were consistently missing theirs.

Seagrave clipped the bar with another header, before Harwood forced Tinney into another back-post stop.

The fifth came when Harwood's directness was too much for Struan McLean, who just tripped the right-winger. Harwood, yet to score himself up to this point, took the penalty and scored with confidence.

With the game petering out, St Andrew's threw caution to the wind in search of a consolation. Robertson headed over whilst under pressure, whilst a rushed effort from Devlin kept it at 5-0.

They would get their goal however with the last touch of the game. A corner to the back post was powerfully headed home by Robertson. It would be a say at least for St Andrew's, but it was Harmony Row who had the last laugh as they dominated their way to the West Region Cup.

  • Full Time:
  • Harmony Row
  • 5-1
  • St Andrew's BC

Lineups

Harmony Row
St Andrew's BC
1. Dylan Austin
4. Ross MacKenzie
5. Daniel O'Neill
6. Adam Love
7. Kenny Duffy
8. Reiss Johnston
9. Lewis Carey
10. Max Montgomery
11. Daniel McManus
14. Robbie Lennon
15. Kieran Robb
16. Charlie Freedman
17. Chrissy Drennan
18. Ben Harwood
19. Cameron Kerr
20. Thomas Seagrave
1. Declan Tinney
3. Jorg Gurney
4. Struan McLean
5. Ciaran Marshall
6. Chris McGeown
8. Craig Forbes
9. Andrew Swan
10. Adam Houlihan
11. Jay Devlin
12. Kevin McCole
15. Ryan Dickson
16. Aaron Blain
17. Aiden Robertson
19. Patrick Mulholland
Star Player
Harmony Row
St Andrew's BC
Chrissy Drennan - At the heart of everything good about Harmony Row. Managed to combine with all of his attacking team-mates to good effect and got on the score-sheet himself. It was a sensational performance from him in a standout display.
Aiden Robertson - Tried his best to make things happen for St Andrew's. Threw himself at several headers and challenges, and was also a bombing influence down the left flank as he tried to create. Assisted Dickson with the offside goal through a terrific cross, before notching a fine goal himself with a powerful header. A spirited display from him.
Magic Moment
Harmony Row
St Andrew's BC
The second goal was a lovely piece of individual flair from Harmony Row's Drennan. He weaved past a couple of challenges and, despite there looking like nothing was on, Drennan somehow managed to use his feet to work an opening and slot into the net. Terrific individual skill.
Robertson's goal was a fine header, but the offside goal was actually terrific in its own right. Robertson took on his man down the left, before sending a terrific ball into the box. It's difficult to say whether Dickson had made his run too early, but he sent a terrific glancing header into the far corner, and was unfortunate to be called offside.
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