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Strathclyde crowned champions in fine style

University of Strathclyde 1s 4

Longcake, Shearer, Wightan, Aitken

Glasgow Caledonian University 1s 0

  • Wednesday, 12 March 2014
  • Stepps Playing Fields
  • College & University
  • BUCS Scottish 3A

Forde McGhee | YFS West Region Journalist
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University of Strathclyde's first team wrapped up the title in the best fashion beating second placed Glasgow Caledonian 4-0 at their home park at Stepps playing fields.
 
An early goal gave Strathclyde huge confidence and from there on they just go better and better, you could tell this was a team on for and they celebrated like true champions at the end of the game.
 
The soon to be league winners came out the traps flying opening the scoring within the first ten minutes when a great mazey run fro Brandon Longcake resulted in the big forward firing a shot past the keeper from the edge of the box.
 
Caledonian started to let some refereeing descions get to them and failed to concentrate on getting level. The game was halted for a few stoppages of time as the match official had to have words with a few of the away players and even had to end up booking one.
 
The visitors still tried to attack despite seeming to lose a bit of discipline, they created half chances here and there but it all came to nothing.
 
Caley's failure to draw level cost them as just before the half ended Strathclyde doubled their lead going in to the break. Some great work down the right ended up in a great cross going in and Blair Shearer catching his attempt on the half volley to direct it towards goal and beyond the goalkeeper.
  • Half Time:
  • University of Strathclyde 1s
  • 2-0
  • Glasgow Caledonian University 1s
The hosts came into the second half knowing keeping a clean sheet would crown them champions but the way they started was to give the intention that they wanted to add to their lead. Brandon Longcake was running Caledonian ragged down the right hand side and the big forward nearly scored again but smashed the post.
 
Longcake couldn't be stopped and he caused mayhem on the flank but this time the visitors would pay as he beat his marker with some silky skills then composed himself to put in a good delivery to James Aitken who rocketed his attmept into the back of the Caledonian net, surely this was the title wrapped up now for Strathclyde.
 
Caledonian's best chance of the game fell from a poor clearence from a free kick from Strathclyde but none of the away side's players could get on the end of it and convert the ball home.
 
Just before the end Strathclyde secured the title winning victory in style. Some great football in the centre of the park lead to Scott Wightman finishing with ease, to round of a great day for the Strathclyde squad.
 
  • Full Time:
  • University of Strathclyde 1s
  • 4-0
  • Glasgow Caledonian University 1s

Lineups

University of Strathclyde 1s
Glasgow Caledonian University 1s
1. Ewan Mowat
2. Euan Wheeler
3. Dave Pennycook
4. Matthew Millar
5. Lyndsay Murdoch
6. Yiorgos Kanellos
7. Scott Wightan
8. James Aitken
9. Hne Wilson
10. Brandon Longcake
11. Blair Shearer
12.Martyn Stevenson
14. Nathan Leicester
15. Michael Smith
16.Lewis Watson
1. Jack Johnston
2. David Roxburgh
3. Ali Garry
4. Robert Smith
5. David Creighton
6. Russel Parker
7. Stuart Gillies
8. Callum MacLean
9. Grant Middlemiss
10. Shane Campbell
11. Chris Nkakata
12. Jordan McPherson
Star Player
University of Strathclyde 1s
Glasgow Caledonian University 1s
Brandon Longcake was unplayable. The big forward was too much to handle for the visitors
Chris Nkakata always looked dangerous on the left for Caledonian.
Magic Moment
University of Strathclyde 1s
Glasgow Caledonian University 1s
The early opener certainly gave the champions the confidence to push on.
It was an afternoon to forget for Glasgow Caley, and there wasn't much magical to write home about.
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