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Gunners stun table topping Vale

Vale of Clyde 3

Sharp, Hamilton

Arsenal BC 4

Davis (2), McGlinchey, Boyle
  • Saturday, 21 September 2013
  • Toryglen Football Centre
  • Under 21´s
  • West of Scotland Division 1

Forde McGhee | YFS West Region Journalist
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Arsenal put a dent in Vale of Clyde's title fight this weekend as the Gunners defeated the home side 4-3 in a thrilling match to watch on a cold Saturday morning. Vale went in to the game sitting comfortably top of the First Division but Arsenal knowing that a win on the day would lift them to 4th and sitting only eight points behind the league leaders.
Right from the off it was the away side who started off the more lively playing some good football in the middle of the park trying to take the game to Vale early on and they almost went in front when John Davis was left with to much time in the box but managed to smash his attempt over the bar.
With both sides going at it with everything the first twenty minutes there was sure to be an early goal and my prediction was right it was the Gunners who opened the scoring when some poor defending from Vale meant that Jamie McGlinchey was left unmarked at the back post from a cross and the Arsenal defender smashed the ball home in to the roof of the net to break the deadlock.
After the goal the Vale management and sideline were not happy and were still trying to get the side to wake up, they also felt like the Arsenal keeper should have been dismissed after a coming together with Paul Hewwit who looked to be through on goal if not taken down by the goalkeeper but the referee only awarded a free kick and booked Shaun Boyle. From the resulting free kick Vale tried something from the training ground but it failed awfully when after being laid off Darren Simpson fluffed his shot and a chance to maybe pull a goal back.
Shortly after the visitors added a second goal with a brilliant piece of counter attack football which ended in Marc Rogers racing through one on one with the keeper and dinking the ball over him in style to double Arsenal's lead.
Things weren't looking good for the league leaders who were two down and just couldn't come on to a game in this action packed first half although a little moment of magic helped build up there confidence and pull a goal back for Vale when Joseph Bradley whipped in a fierce free kick across the box which was guided home slightly by Andrew Sharp.
Vale of Clyde were hoping to hold a couple of minutes to half time so they could go in and re group and get feedback from the coach being only one down now but Arsenal had other ideas and just before half time they once again doubled their lead in bizarre fashion when a long punt from goalkeeper Shaun Boyle was not dealt with at all by the Vale defense and somehow ended up in the Vale net to send them in two down and the break.
  • Half Time:
  • Vale of Clyde
  • 3-1
  • Arsenal BC
Vale came out fighting at the start of the second half and twice nearly pulled a goal back firstly when Paul Hewwit fired just wide into the side netting then moments later when Ross Clifft's control and shot were brilliant but was saved equally as well by the Gunners keeper.
The match was starting to come to life for Vale until 20 minutes in when a ball in to their box wasn't defended properly and John Davis took advantage to tap home and add more misery to the host's already bad day.
Matthew Hamilton decided to try his luck from 30 yards out and chipped the keeper to bring the score back to 4-2, the Vale continued to fight to try at least get a point and were handed more hope just before the end when they brung it back to 4-3 but that wasn't enough and the visiting Arsenal would return home happy with a very vital 3 points in the bag.
The result sees Arsenal recover ground on the current pacesetters - Vale of Clyde, Pollok Juveniles and EK Rolls Royce. The promotion race can also not discount Antonine BC nor East Kilbride FC, who could catch up should they go on a run in their considerable amount of games in hand.
  • Full Time:
  • Vale of Clyde
  • 4-3
  • Arsenal BC


Vale of Clyde
Arsenal BC
2. Mark McGowan
3. Greg Robertson
4. Thomas Houston
5. Dylan Hendry
6. Ross Clifft
7. Darren Simpson
8. Francis Owen
9. Paul Hewwit
10. Robert O'Donnell
11. Andrew Sharp
14. Matthew Hamilton
15. Joseph Bradley
16. Christopher Phee
18. Jay Stevenson
1. Shaun Boyle
2. Cameron McIntosh
3. Jamie McGlinchey
4. Kevin Moran
5. Gavin McNichol
6. Alexander White
7. Paul Caulley
8. John Davis
9. Paul McCamley
10. John McBearty
12. David Storrie
14. David Smith
15. Marc Rogers
16. Danny Hardie
18. Nicky Handley
19. Andrew Getty
Star Player
Vale of Clyde
Arsenal BC
Dylan Hendry worked hard all game and was at times a problem down the left hand side for Arsenal
Arsenal worked well as a unit on a whole but their star player was John Davis who bagged two goals on the day
Magic Moment
Vale of Clyde
Arsenal BC
Matthew Hamilton's fantastic 30 yard chip.
Shaun Boyle's punt which resulted in a goal.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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