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Eastend Colts complete comeback to win cup

Eastend Colts FC 3

Donaghy 33’, 41’, Singleton 50’

Torrance FC 2

J. Greenhill 22’, Campbell 29’
  • Sunday, 22 May 2016
  • Ochilview Park
  • Under 14´s
  • CSFA League Cup
The second match on the sunny Sunday finals day was to prove a treat. Both sides brought a sizable and enthusiastic backing to Ochilview Park, which added excitement to the occasion and helped to keep this reporter on the edge of his seat.
 
In a game of two polar opposite halves, the gritty refusal from both sides to quit highlights the potential character building rewards of football on young players. The first half was the better half for Torrance, who were able to settle into their rhythm much quicker and take a 2-0 lead over the Eastend Colts.
 
The second half saw a complete turnaround from the Colts who were able to create an effective barrier in midfield, which allowed Torrance few chances to add to their goal tally. More importantly their attacking potential came through, which saw them eventually take a one goal lead. This finally tally of 3-2 is an adequate reflection of a game which appeared one-sided at times but was, in reality, a hard won effort.
 
After a tentative start in which both sides struggled to find their rhythm, Torrance took the lead after a superb setup by Sonny Campbell put Jordan Greenhill through for the opening goal.
 
As the half progressed Torrance were able to put together the better passing moves on the field. Their play was rewarded by a second goal, this time coming from some persistent play on the left by Campbell who then slotted it through. However, the final moments of the half would be a preview of what was to come.
 
The final decisive play of the half saw Colts striker Kian Donaghy score from a precise right side cross. The score might have been level were it not for several saves from Torrance goalkeeper Fraser Trearty.
  • Half Time:
  • Eastend Colts FC
  • 1-2
  • Torrance FC
From the start of the second half the Colts kept up the attacking momentum with Torrance receiving little breathing space.
 
The equaliser came as Donaghy scored his second goal, an accurate slot into the bottom right hand corner with three defenders closing on him.
 
The comeback was finally completed by the Colts as captain Lee Singleton scored with a powerful header from a corner.
 
Their lead could have been extended were it not due to an offside call and a continued display of confident goalkeeping from Fraser Trearty, who made four stops in the remainder of the match.
 
Although Torrance were able to regain some of the offensive momentum shown in the first half, they could not breach the Colts tightly knit defence. At the final whistle, amongst the conflicting emotions, there was a sense that both sets of players had been part of a classic match.
  • Full Time:
  • Eastend Colts FC
  • 3-2
  • Torrance FC

Lineups

Eastend Colts FC
Torrance FC
1. T. J McCluskey
2. Aaron Shanley
3. Jonathan McFarlane
4. Lee Singleton
5. Rhys Kelly
6. Ryan Higgins
7. Kai Louden
9. Kian Donaghy
10. Deryn Corrance
11. Ryan Taylor
12. James Walker
14. Jacob Kennedy
16. Thomas Burns
18. Dean Lappin
19. Kieran Gray
21. Brook McFarlane
1. Fraser Trearty
2. Daniel Trearty
3. Jordan James Agabor
5. Stephen Beaton
6. Grant Greenhill
7. Paul McCallum
9. Jordan Greenhill
10. David Grieve
11. Christopher Hammond
12. Kyle McCaughan
14. Callum Donald Mclean
15. Ahmed Muthana
16. Sonny Campbell
17. Johnny Ryan Glenn
Star Player
Eastend Colts FC
Torrance FC
Kian Donaghy - The consistent goal-poaching attacking presence of this exceptionally talented striker was essential to keeping Eastend in the match when Torrance seemed to be establishing their dominance. In the second half, besides scoring his second goal, he helped free up other players for goal scoring opportunities, which allowed the Colts offense to dominate the second half of the game.
Fraser Trearty- In contrast to his Colts counterpart, Treaty has been chosen for his efforts in keeping down the score. In the second half when it appeared as if nothing was going the way of Torrance, their gallant goalkeeper maintained tower of strength to his struggling side. The repeated saves, blocks, and catches under pressure undoubtedly kept Torrance in the game until the final whistle.
Magic Moment
Eastend Colts FC
Torrance FC
Singleton's goal - The comeback was complete! A magic moment if ever there was one.
Jordan Greenhill's goal - An exquisite opening goal in the game. A super setup from Campbell as well.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
Last modified on Thursday, 26 May 2016 20:33
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