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Hampden Boys Club U14s
Maryhill Juniors U14s
Competition: GADYFL U14s Division 1
Venue: Toryglen Regional Football Centre 
Date: 27/11/2011
Author: Robert McCarry
A bright crisp afternoon on the Southside of Glasgow was the venue for this Glasgow district youth football league match between Hampden BC and early season pacesetters Maryhill. Hampden have been no slouches themselves this season and sat six points behind the league leaders going into today’s game with a game in hand. Both teams were looking at todays game as a chance to strengthen their own title credentials at the expense of a rival.
Coaches Michael Kennedy and Alan McDonald led out the Maryhill boys who were playing in the traditional black and red hoops of the famous Junior club and Alec Lang and Alistair Findlay sent their team onto the park in white tops with a red hoop. 
A light breeze was blowing as the referee signalled to get the game underway and straight away Maryhill went on the offensive playing the ball directly up the park where it was cleared by Hamden’s big centre half Kieran Guthrie.
An early shot by Jordan Daily for Maryhill went well wide and Nathan Kerr was soon played through after some neat play but his effort was straight at the Hampden keeper.
Keeping up the pressure Maryhill then won a corner which was then floated beautifully to the back post where it was headed goal wards by Daniel Bonnar, Aiden Neely made a last ditch attempt to sweep the ball away but it was adjudged to have crossed the line and Maryhill were one up.
Hampden were trying there best to get into the game but darting runs by David Donahue and Stephen Latta ultimately came to nothing and anything played forward in the air was comfortably being dealt with by the solid centre back pairing of Dailly and Declan Murray.
The next chance to score fell to Maryhill as they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box but was driven into the wall, however Michael Kennedy picked the ball up 20 yards out and drove it goal wards where it bounced in front of the keeper before being spilled and the ever alert Bonnar was on hand again to nod past him and double his teams advantage.
Nathan Kerr had the next chance for the Hill but shot over the bar before David Black did the same a few minutes later. However a third goal wasn’t too long in coming and, following a blocked cross on the edge of the Hampden box Hill right back William Plommer pick up the ball nearly 30 yards out and struck the ball beautifully to send a perfect arching lob just out of reach of the Hampden goalie.
Maryhill were playing some sparkling football at this point but the Hampden boys refused to buckle, gamely breaking up the park whenever the opportunity arose but just couldn’t find an incisive touch in the final third. Just after the half hour mark Hill broke through again as Black continued to menace the Hampden defence and played a sweet ball through that was tidily put away by Eddie Mark O’Brian.
Michael Kennedy was another one showing of some scintillating footwork and a nice shimmy and shot led to another corner for the Hill, the ball was played in and it was Kennedy who connected but his header sailed narrowly over.
As much as Hampden kept trying to repel with Guthrie, Neely, Sean Finlan and David Donnachie all contributing to the rearguard action there just seemed to be no let up in Maryhill’s attack and Bonnar tied up his claim to the match ball before halftime with a classy run and cut inside before stroking the ball home for his hat trick and his teams fifth.
Kennedy then rounded off a super 45 minutes action by stealing ball outside the box and galloping goal wards before rounding the keeper and slotting into an empty net.
Half Time: Hampden BC U14s 0 - 6 Maryhill Juniors U14s
If anyone thought that Hampden might emerge for the second half a tad disheartened by the 6-0 shoreline they would have been sorely mistaken, Tony Cannon was brought in for the second 45, Guthrie was allowed to move further forward and dividends were soon paid.
An early shot over the bar was followed by a superb drive from Cannon that had to be turned round the post by Daryl Smith. Maryhill responded in kind and Bonnar was up the other end winning a corner after his strike was blocked. 
Hampden were getting much more into the game now and another chance in the box was cleared before Donnachie finally got his just rewards for an afternoons effort as the ball broke to him inside the area and he made no mistake from six yards.
Donnachie was then beautifully played through and crashed a shot off the bar which bounced just in front of the line and, but for the athletics of Smith and the woodwork the score could easily have halved their deficit.
Guthrie was starting to maraud all over the park, his number 2 shirt popping up everywhere, and he yet again brought the best out of Hills keeper as he forced him into a smart save low to his right. Smith then reacted superbly to block the follow up at the expense of a corner.
Another shot sailed over the bar for Hampden and Guthrie had yet another shot saved. On another day the score could conceivably have read 6-5 Maryhill at this point but for the bounce of the ball and reliability of Hills custodian.
O’Brian was forever finding space to run and cross on the right and required constant attention as Maryhill looked to extend their advantage and it would be he who put the final touch to this match. After a day of sending superb balls into the box he found himself on the receiving end of a driving run and cross by Bonnar and his first time strike hit the back of the net to make it 7-1.
It could be argued that Hampden had the better of the second half and their were some stand out performances from the boys in white but at the end of the day the score line reflected an excellent showing from the Hill with the match ball going home with hat trick hero Bonnar. An excellent game of football from two top teams and I’m sure on this performance that they’ll both be in contention when the end of season prizes are being handed out.
Full Time: Hampden BC U14s 1 - 7 Maryhill Juniors U14s 
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Robert McCarry

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