Cleland BC are through to the final of the Janice Morton Memorial Cup after firing ten goals past Rossvale Milan on a beautiful sunny day at the Milton Sports Club. Four goals from Connor Phairs was the icing on the cake of what was a remarkable team performance.
The first few minutes of the game were a frantic, end-to-end affair, with Dillon Cooper hitting the post for Rossvale and Dominic Small forcing a save from keeper Mark Dickson at the other end for Cleland, all in the first two minutes.
The scoring was opened in the third minute for Cleland with a delightful goal from Dean Cornes. With two defenders on his tail, the striker kept the ball in the air from a long pass with two touches before volleying in to the back of the net from the edge of the box.
Rossvale, however, hit back immediately – Patrick Buchanan firing an overhead cross on to the head of the Milan number ten Alan Orr.
Connor Phairs then fired Cleland back in to the lead with a strike in to the bottom corner, making it 2-1 after just nine minutes.
The match decidedly calmed down after the first ten minutes, giving everyone in the crowd time to catch their breath. The game settled in to a steady rhythm, with Rossvale generating some good build-up play in the middle of the park. Cleland favoured a more direct approach, keeping the Rossvale defence on their toes, with centre-back Derek Walker playing particularly well to keep Cleland at bay. Mention must also go to Rossvale full-back Greg Powell for clearing a header off the line to save his team.
Cleland then went on to score the next two goals, setting up a comfortable 4-1 lead before the break. Goal machine Phairs found space on the right after a ball was splayed from the middle of the park and comfortably slotted the ball in to the bottom corner.
The fourth came from a great pass from Cornes, gliding a pass to his teammate Aidan Rooney to put the ball away.