Fixture: West Park United v Rosebank United U13's
Competition: Central League U13
Venue: Turnbull High, Bishopbriggs
Date: Saturday 21st November 2015
As West Park United are still waiting to find out their Scottish Youth FA Cup 3rd round opponents, they continued their Central League campaign against local rivals Rosebank United from Kirkintilloch. Matches between the two teams so far this season have been evenly split with Rosebank winning in the early season League Cup group stages with West Park triumphing away in the league a few weeks ago. A closely fought encounter was expected in their league face-off this time.
West Park were quick off the blocks in this game however and took control of the match early with Cameron Dutton putting West Park ahead by slotting home a loose ball in the box before the defenders could react with the game only a few minutes old.
Dean Mooney doubled West Park's lead with an exceptional finish over the keeper which clipped the underside of the bar in the process, after he found himself running onto a terrific through ball that sliced open the Rosebank defence like a hot knife through butter.
West Park continued to create chances for themselves with precise passing and supporting off the ball runs and continued to press their opponents, restricting any free space and the defence standing firm to any Rosebank attacks.
Cameron added his second from the penalty spot after being fouled, with Dean then following that by also notching his second with a precise finish off the inside of the far post.
The yardstick for attackers was achieved just before half time when Dean achieved his hat-trick from the penalty spot after he was brought down by the last defender from behind as he bore down on goal, with the referee deciding not to punish the defender further by not showing a card.
Half Time: West Park 5-0 Rosebank
The team talk was straight forward with the coaches praising their 1st half performance and challenging the boys to continue their hard work, keep the ball moving, and take their opportunities as they arose. The boys were resolute to press home their advantage on the day and ran out for the second half in a determined mood.
It wasn’t long before West Park extended their lead with skipper Ryan Todd scoring his first after a lung-bursting run from midfield, with a sublime near post finish. Todd then followed this by setting up the next goal with a great square ball from the touchline for Rhys McNamee to tap home from close range.
Ryan went on to complete his own hat-trick with another couple of great runs and finishes to further extend West Park’s lead by scoring the 8th and 9th goals of the game.
Despite the gulf in score, West Park continued to press home their superiority and continually created chances with some great goalkeeping and poor finishing keeping the score down. The West Park defence were eager to keep a clean sheet and protected their goal with Jack Tweedie winning nearly every high ball all day and Anthony Dolci clearing up any loose balls that made it through. The full backs supported both defence and attack with forays up and down the channels.
West Park closed out their scoring with Matthew Archer driving in on goal after collecting another great defence splitting pass from midfield and slotting under the goalkeeper.
The only downside on West Park’s dominant performance on the day was losing a goal in the closing stages and allowed Rosebank to score a consolation but this didn’t dampen the spirits of the boys at the final whistle.
All in all, it was a professional performance from the West Park team ensuring their league campaign continued strongly and it was exciting to watch the whole team playing with such confidence and strong attacking and defensive play.
Full Time: West Park 9-1 Rosebank