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Tears and triumph as Glentyan Thistle win cup final

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  • Wednesday, 28 May 2014
  • Ralston Community Sports Centre
  • Under 16´s
  • PJ&DYFL Division Cup - Final

Dean Robertson | YFS West Region Journalist
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Kieran Muir
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The game between Arthurlie Juniors U16 and Glentyan Thistle U16 saw a dramatic late winner lead to Glentyan Thistle lifting the trophy in the final of the highly attended PJ&DYFL Divisional Cup at a rainy Ralston Community Sports Centre.
It was Glentyan Thistle in there yellow kit that got the match under way and they would have the first effort of the game when a short free kick was passed to Gary Reid and he saw his first time shot go wide of the post.
It would be Arthurlie Juniors in there blue and white kit that would have the next effort of the game when a skilled run form Kyle Harte won Arthurlie a throw in. The throw in lead to a long range effort from Scott McKinlay that was save by Thistle’s goalkeeper Stuart Tannock.
The game would settle into a spell of midfield play as both side looked for the next opportunity on goal. It would be Arthurlie that would find the next opportunity on goal as they increased there attacking efforts when Craig Campbell had a wide shot saved by the diving goalkeeper.
Thistle look to match the increased attack from Arthurlie with a few efforts of their own. The first being a shot from the half way line by Jamie Sidbotham that was saved easily by Arthurlie’s Stuart Hall. The next being a skilled turn to beat the defender before forcing the goalkeeper into a save from a wide angle by Gary Reid.
Arthurlie started to pilled on the pressure and look the more attacking side as they search for the first goal of the game. Arthurlie’s Declan McWilliams caused problems for the Thistle defence on the wing before his cross in was cleared but the clearance didn’t remove the danger as Jack Duffy was able to have effort that ended up over the bar.
Although Arthurlie look the more attacking side at this point in time it was Thistle that came closest to scoring the opener next when a weak defensive clearance from Arthurlie lead to a Thistle shot by Ciaran Duncan from just outside of the box that went just over.
Arthurlie piled the press back on Thistle after their chance as the first half came to a close. Arthurlie would have the last few efforts of the half, the effort that nearly opened the scoring came when a free kick by Jack Duffy went just inches over the bar.
  • Half Time:
  • Arthurlie Juniors
  • 0-0
  • Glentyan Thistle
Arthurlie got the second half underway. Both side start the second half well and both found them self with chances at goal from free kicks. Arthurlie were the first to have their chance on goal as Jack Duffy’s free kick found the head of Mark Swan but the Thistles goalkeeper saved headed effort. Thistle then had a chance from a free kick of their own when Ciaran Duncan’s free kick forced the goalkeeper into a punch save before the defence cleared.
At the hour mark the game had evened itself out as both sides’ defences were key as they time after time cut out attacks and stop each other from causing trouble for the goalkeepers.
Both side looked for the goal that would allow the one hand on the trophy as the second half moved into the last 20 minutes. Both side increased there attacking effort, Thistle’s Gary Reid found himself in on goal and had the chance to give his side the lead but it would be the Arthurlie goalkeeper that would come out on top as he rushed out to gather the ball. Seconds later the ball was up the other end as Matthew McGuiness had an effort for Arthurlie which was tipped by the Thistle’s goalkeeper just wide.
Juniors captain Kyle Harte then had a long range effort saved before a Thistle free kick found the head of Jamie Sidbotham who head the ball wide of the post. Sidbotham then found himself with another headed effort but this one went way over the bar. Thistle found them self with a period of pressure as another head effort came when Ciaran Duncan’s ball into the box found Jamie Sidbotham who headed the ball inches wide of the post.
Arthurlie had the next effort of the game when Ross Gordon put in a low cross witch found the sliding Mark Swan who steered the ball just wide.
Play was then stopped due to injury as the two sides number 17 clashed and both players were down. It was Arthurlie’s Josh Opray who won the battle of the number 17 but was also showing a yellow card as the referee decided that he had fouled Jamie Sidbotham.
With only minutes left the first and only goal of the game was score and it was Thistle who scored it. A long ball in from Ciaran Duncan bounced in front and then over Arthurlie’s goalkeeper and was heading goalwards, but it was Gary Reid who smashed the ball into the net just to make sure that the trophy was going home with Thistle.
Arthurlie tried hard to get a goal back and it wasn’t to be and Glentyan Thistle were crowned Divisional Cup champions.
  • Full Time:
  • Arthurlie Juniors
  • 0-1
  • Glentyan Thistle


Arthurlie Juniors
Glentyan Thistle

1. Stuart Hall
3. Johnny Gent
2. Mattew McGuiness
4. Jack Duffy
5. Scott McKinlay
6. Declan McWilliams
7. Ross Gordon
8. Kyle Harte
9. Craig Campbell
10. Callum Hunter
12. Mark Swan
11. Scott Young
17. Josh Opray
45. Jordan Chalmers

1. Stuart Tannock
2. Lewis Graham
3. Ciaran Duncan
4. Smudger Smith
5. Josh Bannon
6. Craig Nicholl
7. Robbie Clark
8. Antony Reilly
9. Craig Wylie
10. Gary Mcgreish
11. Jack Keith
14. Gary Reid
16. Richard Smart
17. Jamie Sidbotham

Star Player
Arthurlie Juniors
Glentyan Thistle
Kyle Harte the captain. Played great create chances for his side and was involve in all areas. Put in a true captions performance.
Jamie Sidbotham played great. Was involved in all attacks and won the battle of the air every time.
Magic Moment
Arthurlie Juniors
Glentyan Thistle
The wonderful wing play. Both wingers cause real problems and create many chances for there side.
The desire of Gary Reid to win as he nearly broke the net to make sure the ball was over the line.
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