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Late comeback secures Glasgow opening day win

Lanarkshire 2

Paterson, Roy

Glasgow 3

Smith(2), Doran
  • Friday, 04 October 2013
  • Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds
  • Under 18´s
  • National Trophy

Forde McGhee | YFS West Region Journalist
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Glasgow Schools secured the best possible start to their National Trophy campaign, with a late winner against rivals Lanarkshire in what was a thrilling game with lots of end to end action. Ex Hearts and Celtic midfielder Paul Hartley even came down to Hamilton Palace to watch, the Alloa boss was down to watch two of his players in the Glasgow side Michael Hardie and Chad Meechan, who both had good games in front of their boss.
 
Both sides started of getting a rhythm to their game, playing nice passing football and trying to create chances for themselves. The first chance of the match came via Kieran Doran who was fed threw on goal by Nathan Moore but the Glasgow number nines attempt was tipped over the bar by the keeper.
 
It was even for the first twenty minutes but just before the half an hour mark Lanarkshire opened the scoring in this cup tie when Adam Watson's long floated ball was missed by the defenders head and fell to Kierin Paterson who fired home to put his side ahead.
 
Knowing half time was just around the corner Glasgow pushed to try and sneak an equalizer and nearly got one twice but brilliant saves from Chris Truesdale in the Lanarkshire goal kept them out. Firstly Truesdale denied Sam Smith who ran threw one on one with him then seconds later the Lanarkshire keeper saved brilliantly with his feet from Chad Meechan who ran clear on goal and looked certain to score, but the home side had their keeper to thank going in ahead at half time.
  • Half Time:
  • Lanarkshire
  • 1-0
  • Glasgow
The second half started off with a bang when Lanarkshire went two up when a mistake from Mikey Hopkins at the back proved costly when Alastair Roy nicked the ball from his feet and showed great pace to run through and then chip the keeper in style.
 
Glasgow now knew they had to press high and get a goal if they wanted to take anything from the match.
 
They nearly pulled a goal back when a great ball in from Ian Seymour was met by the head of Dominic McClaren who headed back across goal only for Kieran Doran to smash over the bar to his team mate's disbelief.
 
Finally Glasgow did pull a goal back however, Ryan Smith's wonderful strike from the edge of the box on the left hand side curled past the keeper and into the back of the net to keep the hopes alive for Glasgow.
 
A few minutes later things got much better for Glasgow again in their pursue for a courageous comeback when Kieran Doran was left unmarked and headed home from a brilliant ball in, Lanarkshire defenders were too busy protesting for offside and allowed the striker far too much time to head his side back into the game.
 
It was a nervy last ten minutes in the game with both sides pressing to get a goal but at the same time trying to keep it tight at the back knowing one goal could kill their dreams.
 
The game was coming to a close but not before a wonder striker from the edge of the box could seal one team's fate, this team was Glasgow. Super sub Ryan Smith smashed home from the edge of the box to send his side lines mad and secure victory for Glasgow.
  • Full Time:
  • Lanarkshire
  • 2-3
  • Glasgow

Lineups

Lanarkshire
Glasgow

1. Chris Truesdale
2. Kierin Paterson
3. Adam Watson
4. Scott Burns
5. Jack Anderson
6. Paul O'Kane
7. Callum Welsh
8. Sam McKenzie
9. Alistair Roy
10. Robbie Young
11. Ryan Clark
12.Luke Watt
13. Kenny Gilies
14. Matthew Murray
15. Lee Foggin
16. Daniel Hillhouse
17.

1. Kieran McWilliams
2. Nathan Gallacher
3. Ian Seymour
4. Mikey Hopkins
5. Dominic McClaren
6. Kyle Chalmers
8. Michael Hardie
9. Kieran Doran
10. Chad Meechan
11. Nathan Moore
14. Noel Makomba Emboua
15. Sam Smith
16. Ryan Smith
17. Craig Connelly 

Star Player
Lanarkshire
Glasgow
Chris Truesdale made some terrific saves and kept his side in the game at times.
Ryan Smith came on and completely changed the game for Glasgow which makes him man of the match.
Magic Moment
Lanarkshire
Glasgow
Not really a moment, but how they tried to play good passing football the whole game even when under huge amounts of pressure.
The introduction of Ryan Smith to the game was most certainly a magic moment.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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