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Beith Juniors seal three points with second-half fightback

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Beith Juniors
 vs
PFD United
 
 
 
U14's Paisley, Johnstone & District YFL
 
26 February 2014
 
 
 
 
Beith played host to PFD Utd at the Astro turf on Saturday in a game seen as a must win for both sides, with each harbouring aspirations of topping the table in May. PFD won the reverse fixture in Clydebank back in October so everyone was aware of the task in hand.
 
Beith started the first half with the wind at their back and were in front within 5 minutes when Blane McLaughlin fired past the huge PFD keeper, after great set up by Tony Gallagher and Bradley Armstrong.
 
The next 10 minutes or so were a bit of a midfield stalemate with tackles flying in from both teams. Blane, Graeme Crawford and Jack Craig  were going to toe to toe with their opposite numbers while Scott Brown emerged from his back 4 duties on occasions to let PFD know that Beith were not going to be bullied.
 
However, in 15 minutes PFD managed to equalise following a defensive lapse, with Cammy King left cruelly exposed and helpless in Beith’s goal. This sucker punch seemed to knock the wind from Beith’s sails for a while and their passing game fell apart for a while which resulted in more action for the resident defensive trio of Lewis Steele, Matthew Sloan and Lee Salisbury.
 
At this stage PFD appeared to have the upper hand but it was Beith who still had the better of the chances, most of which were crosses whipped in from the wide areas, flashing across the face of the goal with no takers. Ryan Brown in particular was unlucky on a few occasions, missing out by a matter of inches each time.
 
With the game heading for stale mate at half time, PFD carved out a neat passing move, finished off by a 20 yard strike which held up in the wind and dropped into Cammy’s postage stamp corner to give PFD the advantage as the boys headed off for some refreshments and a stern team talk.
 
Half Time: Beith Juniors 1-2 PFD United
                            
Trailing at the start of the 2nd half, shooting into the wind in a must win game against strong opposition, the omens did not appear to be good. However, what was to follow was a joy to behold and served as proof that this bunch of boys can indeed be title contenders. Tackles were flown into all over the park, personal and team battles were fought and more often than not, won. Beith had collectively rolled up the proverbial sleeves. If ever the old adage that hard work brings success required proof, this second half was it.
 
The roar that greeted the equaliser, from a free kick won by Ryan Steele and scored by Scott was testament to the team’s effort as much as the goal itself and was only a warm up for the one which was to follow the winner,  when Ryan S scored a beauty from the edge of the box with 10 minutes to play.
 
This was a good old fashioned, rip roaring game and Beith were worthy winners.
 
Full Time: Beith Juniors 3-2 PFD United 
 
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