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SYFA West too strong for Melbourne in annual friendly

SYFA West 4

Gallagher, Furay, Oates, McGrath

Melbourne Football Stars 0

  • Saturday, 21 September 2013
  • Toryglen Football Centre
  • Under 19´s
  • Challenge Match

Forde McGhee | YFS West Region Journalist
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Round about the this time last year the SYFA West were lining up to face Melbourne Football Stars at Toryglen and again this year it was a repeat with both teams moving up to the 19's age group this was sure to be a cracker. Last year both sides were even at the end of the ninety minutes but this year was a different story, SYFA West ran out 4-0 in a game that showcased two great footballing sides with maybe the Scot's being a bit more brutal in front of goal.
SYFA West started off well with Steven Oates and Zander Barclay upfront holding the ball up to give midfielders time to support, Kyle Gallagher in particular was offering the two front men help often getting the ball on the left and taking his man on in the open stages.
The Aussie's were also looking dangerous more so on both flanks especially with Jia Xang Hi Criss taking on Dario Pigetellio and a couple of times getting the better of the little full back. Neither side really creating clear cut chances but looking dangerous never the less.
West were awarded a free kick on the right hand side at edge of the penalty box and there was only one man fit to take it from there and that was Kyle Gallagher who is well known for being dangerous from those sort of ranges but previously had one blocked by the Melbourne keeper, The little winger certainly didn't disappoint as well as he curled the ball over the wall and in to the back of the net to give his side the lead.
The travelling side looked to try and pull a goal back and when Jia Xang Hi Criss showed great fight to wriggle space in the box it looked like the little tricky Australian winger was about to pull the trigger but not before West centre half Deji Akinyemi could power his way through and clear any danger of the area.
Kyle Gallagher then tryed to creat space to have a shot but was dispossessed but the Aussie's failed to clear properly and the ball eventually fell to Kiera Furay at the edge of the box who smashed home with some power past the keeper to double West's lead. 
Just before half time Furay was involved again in the attack this time from the edge of the box he picked his head up and picked out the run of Connor Brannigan who then turned fantastically but his shot afterwards was palmed away by the Melbourne Star keeper, this was the last action of the half and West went in the much happier side.
  • Half Time:
  • SYFA West
  • 2-0
  • Melbourne Football Stars
The second half was started of rather quietly with neither side creating real clear cut chances and most of the football being played between both midfield's who were looking to at any chance steal the ball from each other and try counter attack.
The first chance of the second period produced another West goal, when a slip from a Melbourne defender let in Matthew Cleland who made his way into the box and then cut the ball back to Jonathan McGrath who stayed composed and took his time to slot the ball into the back of the net with ease.
Throughout the game Stephen Oates looked dangerous for West and just before the end of the game he was awarded with a goal for his hard work and the forward got it pretty easy after Jonathan McGrath's attempt was flapped right to his feet by the keeper and all he had to do was roll the ball home which was a breeze for a forward of his caliber.
The game ended 4-0 and you could see Melbourne Star were disappointed, even although this was only a friendly.
The Aussies still have lots to look forward to though as with their time in Scotland they still have to train with Rangers FC coaches at Murray park play, play another game vs Aberdeen FC and they will also be in Edinburgh touring where they will have a coaching session at Spartans Academy with Donald Park of the SFA so still lots to look forward to for the young Aussies before they depart Scotland and head to England.
  • Full Time:
  • SYFA West
  • 4-0
  • Melbourne Football Stars


Melbourne Football Stars
Jacob Keane- EKFC Gold
Calum McMaster - Hamilton Ac. Inverclyde
Deji Akinyemi - Rutherglen Glencairn U21
Kyle McQueen - Maryhill Juniors
Tom McKiltrick - Gourack YAC
Lee Martin - Bailieston Juniors
Thomas Nisbett - Kings Park
Kieran Furay - Maryhill Juniors
Matues Law - Blantyre Vics
Jack Henderson - EKFC Gold
Zander Bently - Maryhill Juniors
Stephen Oates - EKFC Gold
Jonathan McGrath - Gourack YAC
Kyle Gallagher - Tower Hearts U21
Connor Brannigan - Bailieston Juniors
Dario Pigetellio - Kings Park
Matthew Clelland - Kings Park

1. Dallas Coleough
2. Ahay Girgin
3. Alexander Uossis
4. Billy Ellen
5. Adam Gallo
6. Peter Constantinou
7. Anthony Trajkoski
8. Jia Xang Hi Criss
9. Wassif Hajje
10. Lewis Smirlis
11. Yeong Jin Boom
12. Dean Kypreos
14. Jamie Gozel
15. Seb Lock
16. Josh Raymond
17. Justin Tan
18. Connor Edwards
19.Anmar Yousif
24. Anthony Valenti

Star Player
Melbourne Football Stars
Kieran Furay, worked hard all game grabbed himself a goal and got in about the action.
Jia Xang Hi Criss looked really dangerous at times down the left flank and earns man of the match
Magic Moment
Melbourne Football Stars
Kyle Gallagher's wonderful free kick.
The team spirit showed by the Australians who kept fighting right till the end and earned themselves a lot of respect.
Club Views
Melbourne Football Stars
Peter Glancey, coach of SYFA West, said: "I'm happy with the boys performances they went out there and gave it their all and got the result they deserved on the day."
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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