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Five goal McDonald steals show as Vale defeat Kilby

Vale of Clyde 6

McDonald (5), Eadie

EKFC Blue 0

  • Sunday, 02 March 2014
  • Glasgow Green
  • Under 19´s
  • Glasgow & District YFL - D2

Forde McGhee | YFS West Region Journalist
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Vale of Clyde kept their lead at the top of the GADYFL this weekend with a 6-0 over a good EKFC Blue side. Vale only showed up to the game with a squad of 12 and without manager James Wilson, but still managed to pull of a fantastic win thanks to five goals from Kieran McDonald under self proclaimed Davie "better than Mourhino" Hadden. EK came in to this game being one of the leagues most inconsistent teams giving the bigger teams a game yet dropping points against the lower ranked clubs, quality was no problem in the Kilby squad it was just whether they had it on the day.
The first ten minutes of the game Kilby looked the most confident playing numerous balls over the top testing Vale central defender Connor Smith and Conor McDowall who both dealt with the aerial threats with ease as the opening stages was dominated with shouts of "Connor/Conor's ball".
Vale made the break through however and any regular at one of their games would have put their mortgage on it being this man, a ball in behind the two centre backs set free Kieran McDonald who burst away with lightening pace to then slot past the keeper and put the home side ahead, shortly after McDonald grabbed his and Vales second with another great finish.
Kilby knew the next goal was crucial as another Vale goal could kill this first half and maybe the game off, they pressed up high trying to play some passing football, they were rewarded when a ball in behind Vales left back let Euan Cameron in on goal but the Kilby players attempt was rattled wide.
Shortly after Vale added their third and no it wasn't McDonald again this time it was his strike partner Chrissy Eadie who volleyed home fantastically as a great long free kick from Conor McDowall floated perfect for the Vale forward who showed great technique to volley past the keeper.
Vale's striker's were doing their job and so were the rest of their team mates as the midfield were content to keep the ball and let EK chase out till half time, before the half ended though there was still something yet to be added to the game and it was another goal by McDonald who had now completed his hat trick in the first 45 minutes.
  • Half Time:
  • Vale of Clyde
  • 4-0
  • EKFC Blue
Kilby's management must have got stuck in at half time as the East Kilbride boys came out in the second half raring to go, they had numerous chances on goal but James McCarthur was equal to every effort keeping the visitors out.
It was evident that McDonald was causing the Kilby defence all sorts of trouble and the quick forward again showed great pace and composure to net his fourth goal of the game and just about put the game to bed.
EK Blue players looked to be getting a bit frustrated as Vale kept up the great passing and moving and a lot of free kicks were given the home side's way. Cameron McCulloch was given his marching orders after receiving a second yellow card this wouldn't make life any easier for Kilby who were now down to ten men.
Just before he was withdrawn from the game McDonald who had took a fair booting from the Kilby players managed to net his fifth again with a fantastic burst off pace and neatly slotting in to the net, not long after Vale's main man was took off.
Chances came few and far between and the biggest chance fell to Kieran Christie for Vale of Clyde but the midfielder fired wide, Kilby will be disappointed not to have took advantage of Vale team who were not lacking in quality but definitely lacking in depth, but on the day they just couldn't stop McDonald.
  • Full Time:
  • Vale of Clyde
  • 6-0
  • EKFC Blue


Vale of Clyde
1. James McCarthur
2. Conor Harvey
3. Jordan Clayton
4. Conor McDowall
5. Connor Smith
6. Dean Shaw
7. James Milne
8. Darren Hunter
9. Kieran Christie
10. Chrissy Eadie
11. Kieran McDonald
12. Grant Flood
1.Alan Sharp
2. John Hooper
3. Tom Jackson
4. Jacob Atchinson
5. Jonathan Aitken
7. Greg Speirs
8. David O'Neil
9. Craig White
11. Ross Wyper
12. Robbie Dunsmore
14. Euan Cameron
16. Kyle Rankin
17. Dale Gordon
19. Cameron McCulloch
Star Player
Vale of Clyde
It has to be Kieran McDonald, 5 goals in one game says it all.
Euan Cameron the Kilby captain tried to make things happen for his side.
Magic Moment
Vale of Clyde
Chrissy Eadie's fantastic volley from the free kick for his goal.
Not much magic from Kilby but Euan Cameron attempt in the first half could have changed the game.
Club Views
Vale of Clyde
Kieran McDonald, Player from Vale of Clyde, said: "Brilliant game, although we only turned up with 12 players it was a great result for us and although I scored 5 it was an overall brilliant team performance and a very good 3 points against a decent team."
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