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Burnhead secure cup glory on penalties after thrilling comeback

Finnart AFC 2

Benelkaied 13', Mcilveen 27'

Burnhead Colts 2

Wilson 35', Sweeney 75'
  • 2-2 AET (Burnhead win 4-5 on Penalties)
  • Sunday, 24 April 2016
  • Broadwood Stadium
  • Under 16´s
  • Cumbernauld & Kilsyth DYL League Cup
Liam Dickson

Liam Dickson | YFS Central Region Journalist

It took a stunning Rob Black penalty save to finally separate Burnhead Colts and Finnart AFC after a breathless League Cup final.

Headers from Burnhead’s Dylan Wilson and Michael Sweeney, late in each half, forced the game into extra time, and eventually penalties, following early strikes from Finnart’s Adam Benelkaied and Jack Mcilveen, which had put the boys, in bright pink, in a commanding position.

The first was a superb counter-attack; striker Mcilveen held the ball up well, finding Connor Mckenzie who played a lovely first time pass to Benelkaied on the edge of the box. A delightful turn saw him evade his marker and from there he made no mistake as he fired low past the helpless Black in the Burnhead goal.

It was no less than Finnart’s early dominance deserved; they were first to every loose ball in the middle of the park and they showed some delightful touches in and around the Burnhead box. Benelkaied almost doubled his tally for the match following some lovely link-up play between Mcilveen and Martin Scanlan, but when the ball found its way to him, six yards out, his effort was deflected behind for a corner.

But Finnart weren’t to be denied for long. A few minutes later some unselfish play from Scanlan saw him elect to square the ball across the face of goal when in shooting range. His pass found the unmarked Mcilveen who couldn’t miss from six yards out.

It seemed as though it was going to be a long afternoon for Burnhead, who had yet to have much of an impact on the game. However, their first opportunity at goal a few moments after Finnart’s second – Alistair Dewar forcing a good save out of keeper Paul Monaghan when played through on goal – seemed to spark them into life as they began to gain more and more of a foothold in the match.

Their efforts were rewarded five minutes before half time when an in-swinging Lewis Murdoch cross, from the left hand side, was glanced home off the head of Wilson, leaving the game finely poised heading into the interval.

  • Half Time:
  • Finnart AFC
  • 2-1
  • Burnhead Colts

Burnhead came out for the second half with a confidence that was largely missing in the first period, creating a string of half chances that it looked like they may well end up regretting.

In particular, the set-pieces and long throws of Ben Fitzpatrick were causing the Finnart defence all kinds of problems, with one corner from the left hand side that defender Cameron Fyffe somehow managed to sky from three yards out being a real let-off.

As the chances began to dry up, and players began to tire, the game became a bit scrappy as neither team looked as comfortable on the ball as they had done at periods earlier in the match.

It looked as if it would take a set-piece or a moment of individual brilliance to get Burnhead back on level terms and that’s just what they got a few minutes from time as another quality Fitzpatrick corner was glanced in – not dissimilarly to the first goal – at the front post by Sweeney to give Burnhead the goal their second half pressure deserved and take us into extra time.

  • Full Time:
  • Finnart AFC
  • 2-2
  • Burnhead Colts
After a highly competitive and full-blooded regulation time, it was little wonder that the quality began to dip during extra time as fatigue set in with both teams beginning to look resigned to the fact it was going all the way to penalties.

Whilst it wasn’t surprising that the match went to penalties, what was surprising was the quality of the penalties after such a gruelling match. The first nine were all scored; Fitzpatrick, Calum McCaig, Murdoch, Wilson and Alex Miller all scored for Burnhead, whilst Dexter Morrison, Paul McGroarty, Luke Carroll and Kenneth Crampsie had all kept Finnart in touch.

Unfortunately for McKenzie, it was he who had his well-struck penalty brilliantly saved by Black, to the delight of Burnhead who had narrowly come out on top in a pulsating cup final.

Final Result: 2-2 AET (Burnhead win 4-5 on Penalties)

Lineups

Finnart AFC
Burnhead Colts
1. Paul Monaghan
2. Ryan Madden
3. Connor Mckenzie
4. Persley Sojila
5. Paul McGroarty
6. Martin Scanlan
7. Stephen Devlin
8. Kenneth Crampsie
9. Jack Mcilveen
10. Jamie McGowan
11. Kalvin Rooney
12. Luke Carroll
14. Adam BenelKaied
15. Adam Hamilton
16. Lewis Carmichael
17. Dexter Morrison
1. Rob Black
2. Jack Adam
3. Steven Kyle
4. Alistair Dewar
5. Alex Miller
6. Sam Ross
7. Ben Fitzpatrick
9. Lewis Murdoch
10. Calum McCaig
11. Dylan Wilson
12. Michael Stevenson
18. Michael Sweeney
19. Kai Murdoch
20. Cameron Fyffe
Star Player
Finnart AFC
Burnhead Colts
Jack Mcilveen - Held the ball up really well all afternoon and was well worth his goal
Ben Fitzpatrick - Was always trying to get on the ball in the Burnhead midfield and his dead ball deliveries were a constant danger.
Magic Moment
Finnart AFC
Burnhead Colts
Benelkaied's turn and finish to give Finnart the early advantage was definitely the goal of the game
Black's penalty save to win the match for Burnhead was a spectacular dive high to his right
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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