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Glenvale see off Clarkston to clinch title

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Glenvale FC
Clarkston AAC
Under 14s PJDYFL - D3
29 March 2014
Glenvale FC clinched the Paisley, Johnstone and District third division title on Saturday morning with victory over Clarkston in Beith.
Having been top of the table since early October the players, coaches and parents were finally able to say that Glenvale are the Champions and after winning 20 of their 22 games to date, with only 1 defeat it's certainly a well deserved title. 
Glenvale made their now customary slow start to the match and after 10 minutes gave away a free kick 20 yards out and directly in front of goal. Clarkston took full advantage and their player scored the goal of the game, hammering the ball past the defensive wall and goalkeeper, Thomas Mellon into the net.

Glenvale were able to create a number of chances of their own, but as half time approached a mixture of poor finishing and good goalkeeping had allowed Clarkston to hold onto their lead. However with a minute until the break, Glenvale were awarded a free kick wide on the left, 30 yards from goal. The ball was swung into the penalty area by sweeper Cameron Hastings and was knocked back to Man of the Match Kyle Park, who fired it high into the net. 
Half Time: Glenvale FC 1-1 Clarkston AAC
Coach John Allan had some harsh words for his team at half-time, but they seemed to do the trick as Glenvale scored three more goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

The first came from captain for the day Ross Larkin, who's low cross deceived everyone and sneaked in at the far post after 2 minutes. 

Minutes later a ball from the left was met in the 6 yard area by Johnny Horner, who gave the goalkeeper no chance and made the score 3-1.

Larkin got his second and Glenvale's fourth direct from a free-kick after 15 minutes of the second period and at that point there was little doubt that the team were going to go on to clinch the title.

Credit to the Clarkston team, though as they refused to give up and scored a second goal of their own with 10 minutes remaining, when their striker evaded a tackle in the area and beat the goalkeeper from 12 yards.

That proved to be the final goal of the game and the 4-2 victory took Glenvale's lead at the top of the table to 24 points, with their nearest rivals having only 7 games left to play. .
Full Time: Glenvale FC 4-2 Clarkston AAC
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