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A sunshine strewn Broadwood was the venue for the first of the Central Region cup finals as Cambuslang Under 13s took on PFD United. There was heartbreak for PFD as Cambuslang’s Dylan Wilson grabbed a late winner to secure triumph for the side wearing red and black.
It was United, playing in a red and white strip who kicked off but possession was quickly squandered and ball falls to Declan Moore who fired away a shot which was palmed wide by Owen McBride in the PFD goal.
It was again Moore who was involved as he blasted a long range free kick high over the bar as Cambuslang probed early on. Brave goalkeeping from PFD’s McBride was then needed after the impressive Moore, pulling the strings in the centre of the park for Cambuslang, sent through striker Declan McDonald but the keeper was quick to react and dived at the strikers’ feet to gather the ball to deny McDonald an open goal.
It was all Cambuslang in the early exchanges and they had a huge opportunity to open the scoring when a rebounded shot fell to Dylan Wilson just outside the six yard box but he failed to get a proper connection on the ball and sliced his effort high and wide.
The early pressure was soon set to pay off for the team in red and black as they opened the scoring. It was a lovely finish from McDonald, who had been looking lively, to give Cambuslang the lead, as he picked up the ball in the box and took a touch before swivelling and firing the shot under McBride to break the deadlock.
Cambuslang were hungry for more and Zak Moynes tested the keeper with a half volley from the edge of the box which he had to push over the bar for a corner. The corner was whipped in to the far post to find goal scorer McDonald who volleys his effort just over the bar.
PFD started to gain a foothold in the match, restricting the amount of chances that their counterparts were creating and forcing them to drop deeper and deeper as the half wore on. It was just on the stroke of half time that PFD managed to grab the equaliser through Robert Murray. The small striker ran into the box and despite pressure from the Cambuslang defence he smashed his effort into the far post from what was a tight angle to get his side on level pegging going into half time.
Half Time: Cambuslang FC 1-1 PFD United
Despite the first half ending level it was again Cambuslang who started this half the strongest and just five minutes in they should have retaken the lead. A scramble in the box followed a corner after goalkeeper McBride failed to gather the ball. PFD managed to get the ball out the box but it was picked up by Moore who sprayed the ball out to the left where Andrew Lindsay fired the ball right across the face of goal which keeper missed. It left the goal gaping for McDonald but he somehow headed over from inside the six yard box.
Lindsay was involved again as he motored down the left hand side and sent in what looked to be a teasing ball towards Murray but McBride in goal quickly reacted and gathered the ball.
PFD were having a lot of joy breaking down the Cambuslang defence with several long balls catching the defence static but many times Cambuslang goalkeeper Marcus Redmond was quick to come out and clear the danger. Though it almost lead to the downfall of Cambuslang as PFD’s goal scorer Murray managed to break through and after shrugging off the challenge of the nearby defender he ran in on goal. Redmond was quick off his line but could only was helplessly, like Murray, as the ball rolled just wide. PFD went close again with Edin Lynch flashing a long range effort just over the bar.
With the game looking like heading towards extra time, there was to be heartbreak for PFD who despite edging the second half were about to be dealt a sucker punch. It was an impressive passing move though from Cambuslang which culminated in Wilson picking up the ball in the box and slotting by McBride to seal the Central Region Cup.
Both teams embraced each other on the final whistle, sportingly accepting victory and defeat. It was a great advert for football in the region and if these two teams are an example of sides coming through the current Soccer Sevens setups, the immediate future in Central Scotland appears to be very bright.
Full Time: Cambuslang FC 2-1 PFD United