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Syngenta edge past Airdrie in Central Region Cup final

Syngenta Juveniles FC 3

McArthur 22' Allan 33' McLaughlin 70'

Airdrieonians BC 2

Starrs 17' 23'
  • Sunday, 07 June 2015
  • Ochilview Park
  • Under 13´s
  • Central Region Cup

Rafie Thompson | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Syngenta Juveniles sealed Regional Cup glory with a last minute goal against Airdrieonians BC. The Cumbernauld and Kilsyth DYL champions didn't have it easy though as they had to battle back from behind twice to see of their Central Lanarkshire YFA opposition. In the end though, Kieran McLaughlin's goal was enough to seal victory.

It was Airdrieonians who started the better of the two sides. Centre forward Cole Starrs drove into the box from the right and his shot flew past the keeper only to be crucially blocked by a Syngenta centre half to keep the score at 0-0 after two minutes.

Syngenta had their first chance of the half when Guy Lindsay was put through on goal on 10 minutes. His shot was not as he would have hoped however as it was straight at the keeper.

It was on 17 minutes that Airdrie finally opened the scoring. Cole Starrs did excellently to hold up the ball and in turn played a perfectly weighted pass to Euan Lindsay who did not hesitate to curl the ball first time into the near post from 20 yards.

Five minutes later Syngenta were back in the game through an exquisite free kick from Tristain McArthur. Aaron Whitelaw was brought down on the right edge of the box and McArthur stepped up to the task of taking the promisingly positioned free kick. His great effort flew over the wall and curled into the far corner with the keeper helpless to make his team level.

The teams were separated again through Starrs, who was having increasing influence on the game. He showed great determination to break into the box past defenders after picking up the ball and his powerful finish was past the keeper into the left side of the net from 15 yards to make it 2-1.

Airdrie were piling on the pressure up towards half time. Jed Young made an important save as he stood strong to deny Starrs after he was through on goal from a Jack Hart through-ball to keep the Juveniles in the game.

Young’s save would prove crucial when, after 33 minutes, Eli Allan shot from 25 yards into the roof of the net. Guy Lindsay’s shot was blocked and the ball fell to Allan who needed no invitation to smash the ball in through the fingertips of the opposition keeper.

  • Half Time:
  • Syngenta Juveniles FC
  • 2-2
  • Airdrieonians BC

Syngenta started brightly, carrying their momentum from the first half into the second. McLaughlin smashed the upright when he was played through on goal. His shot was over the keeper but unfortunately for him, not under the bar.

Airdrie were taking the sting out of Syngenta. Their possession saw them slow down the game and try to take the lead again. Starrs was at the forefront of their attack and he had another chance as he drove powerfully into the box with his lightning quick shot expertly saved by the Syngenta keeper who showed great reflexes to stop the shot while keeping them in the game.

The Juveniles nearly conceded from a free kick deep in the opposition half as the ball was cleared to Airdrieonians centre forward Starrs and a counterattack was on. Starrs drove into the box but the Syngenta defence did ever so well to sprint back from their attacking free kick to defend as Starrs’ shot was blocked at the last second in exciting end-to-end football.

The breakthrough for Syngenta came in the 70th minute of the game. It took an inch-perfect through-ball from full back Whitelaw to put McLaughlin through on goal. His finish was calm and collected as he slid the ball through the keeper's legs to win the game for Syngenta in emphatic fashion.

The team in orange held out until the final whistle and there were cheers of joy and relief at the final whistle in what was a great performance which saw the Juveniles come back from being down twice to eventually win the game. Airdrieonians battled hard with Starrs causing many problems for Syngenta but in the end their hard work and effort was in vain as they conceded towards the end of the game.

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  • Full Time:
  • Syngenta Juveniles FC
  • 3-2
  • Airdrieonians BC


Syngenta Juveniles FC
Airdrieonians BC
1. Jed Young
2. Myles Wilson
3. Cameron Ledwidge
4. Zac Brown
5. Cole Cattanach
6. Jack Sharples
7. Aaron Whitelaw
8. Tristain McArthur
10. Rory Hutchinson
11. Eli Allan
16. Guy Lindsay
18. Alex Ross
19. Connor Montgomery
20. Kieran McLaughlin
2. Anthony Skiffington
3. Callum Gutherie
4. Taylor Lindsay
5. Jack Grimshaw
6. Jaecob Fisher
7. Jack Hart
8. Reece Eardley
9. Cole Starrs
10. Taylor Crilly
11. Michael Ralston
12. Keelan McCloskey
14. Kyle Linton
15. Lewis Aytoun
17. Kia speirs
18. Findlay Beck
19. Jordan McLune
20. Euan Lindsay
Star Player
Syngenta Juveniles FC
Airdrieonians BC
Tristain McArthur - Top class player who was a versatile midfielder as well as showing he could produce shots from any range with his two exquisite goals.
Cole Starrs - An extremely clinical player who did all he could to try and win the game for his team. Involved in both of his teams goals showing he can assist and score.
Magic Moment
Syngenta Juveniles FC
Airdrieonians BC
McArthur's free kick - He showed composure, class and great technique to curl the ball into the far corner from the range of that free kick.
Lindsay's goal - A beautiful first-time finish from the edge of the box showed great technique. The pass from Starrs was great and Lindsay kept calm to keep his shot low and into the net.
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