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Eight is great in Burgh 19's victory over Glenvale

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Glenvale FC
 vs
Johnstone Burgh BC
 
 
 
U19's Paisley Johnstone & District YFL
 
18 March 2014
 
 
 
For the first time in over two months Johnstone Burgh 19s had their full squad available for selection and the pay off was an impressive league performance at the home of old rivals Glenvale; with the Johnstone side racking up the biggest scoreline in this seasons PJD YFL first division by recording an 8-1 win. 
 
With Burgh at full strength and fired up to play for their places in next weekends League Cup Semi Final the players were fast out of the traps and set about causing Glenvale major problems right from the off. 
 
Despite playing into a strong wind, the speed of passing and movement from the Burgh midfield and frontline allowed them to get at the heart of the Ferguslie Park based sides defence several times in the early part of the game and they were soon rewarded with a goal after just 8 mins when striker Craig Buchanan lobbed the keeper and as the Vale defence sprinted back his strike partner Lewis MacDonald followed in to make sure of the opener by volleying the ball into the empty net. 
 
5 minutes later Burgh had doubled their lead when after good work from Paul Robertson a cross was swung into the Vale box which beat their defenders and found Andrew Skinner at the back who cleverly switched the ball to his right foot before striking a powerful shot past the keeper into the far corner. 
 
Half time: Glenvale 0-2 Johnstone Burgh
 
The second half started with Johnstone Burgh continuing to dominate and with their defence never troubled full backs Kennedy and Cairns were able to get forward at will and support the attack. Ryan Ralston had been dominating in midfield and Buchanan, MacDonald and Skinner were causing no end of problems for the Vale defence. 
 
With the wind behind them now it wasn't long before numbers 3 and 4 were added when MacDonald and Buchanan both finished off fine passing moves. 
 
The Johnstone side started to introduce fresh legs on the hour mark and the problems only increased for a now deflated Glenvale side. Calum Craig struck the goal of the game and number 5 with a 30 yard shot rising into the top corner.
 
Recent Vale signing Target and new Burgh recruit Ryan Collins was starting to cause them problems with his runs from deep, first setting Buchanan up for his second goal before notching cleverly himself after a skilful dribble into the box. 
 
Buchanan finished off a great days work by netting a fine individual effort for number 8 and his own hat trick. 
 
Glenvale were rewarded with a late consolation goal 8 minutes from time when their substitute striker finished with a side foot from inside the box. 
 
Burgh had outstanding performances from every player to set them up nicely for this weekends keenly anticipated Semi Final tie with league title holders Gleniffer Thistle. Glenvale players gave their all but met an on form Johnstone Burgh side who were just too good for them on the day. 
 
Man of the match was Burgh's Craig Buchanan with a fine hat trick.
 
Full Time: Glenvale 1-8 Johnstone Burgh
 
 
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