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Holytown comeback stuns Drumsagard in LFDA cup final

Drumsagard AFC 2

Ramsey 11 15

Holytown Colts 3

Black 19, McFadden 36, Ward 65
  • Sunday, 07 May 2017
  • John Cummings Stadium
  • Under 13´s
  • LFDA Cup

Holytown Colts defied all odds to come from two goals down against Drumsagard AFC and emerge victorious in the U13s LFDA Cup Final.

A Lucas Ramsey double gave Drumsagard a two-goal cushion, but goals from Lennon Black, Aiden McFadden and Shaun Ward turned the game around in dramatic fashion.

A scrappy start to the game saw plenty of throw-ins, and the first real opening of the game saw a high Ramsey shot held well by Holytown keeper Robin Dingwall.

Ward turned superbly in the Drumsagard box but could only fire a tame effort at Nathen Coyne’s goal, before Ramsey glanced a header wide of the target.

Black had to be on his toes in the Holytown defence to prevent Josh Carroll finding space in behind, but could do nothing to thwart the opposition’s attack moments later.

A short headed back-pass from Scott McCallum allowed Craig Queen in on goal, but his effort could only strike the post. However, Ramsey was on hand to tap into an empty net and give his side the lead.

The striker doubled his own and his side’s tally just four minutes later, latching onto another under-hit Holytown back-pass and calmly slotted past Dingwall into the bottom right corner.

Ward had a great opportunity to pull a goal back for his side just moments after falling two behind, but after rounding Coyne and with the goal at his mercy, he couldn’t find the necessary power and saw Drumsagard defenders rush back to clear his tame effort.

Queen had a shot deflected just over the bar, but it was Holytown who found the net next, Black bulleting a header into the bottom corner from a delightful Sean Clark corner.

Jamie McLaughlin nearly found himself through on goal soon after, but was cynically fouled right on the edge of the penalty area. Clark fired the resulting free kick inches over the bar, before a stunning pass from Blair Shillady and a deft knockdown from Queen saw a fierce effort fly just over from Ramsey.

A sore looking but manageable injury to Connor Gracey and a half-chance for Shillady were the last actions of the first half, with the score remaining 2-1 heading into the break.

  • Half Time:
  • Drumsagard AFC
  • 2-1
  • Holytown Colts

Holytown equalised right at the start of the second half; a stunning Jay Goode pass found Aiden McFadden, who scored at the second attempt after seeing his initial shot parried by Coyne.

Queen then had an effort saved comfortably by Dingwall, but got the better of the keeper minutes later when he was sent through on goal. However, his shot again struck the post, before a heroic block from Black prevented Ramsey from claiming his hatrick.

Strong challenges from Shillady and Ross Lines added flare to the game as the second half progressed, and the latter was lucky not to be sent off for a push on Shillady himself after already being booked.

It was all Drumsagard after Holytown’s equaliser, and it took a brilliant tackle from Jamie Linden to prevent Queen from scoring after he was sent through on goal once again.

Kyle Ross headed high over the bar from a floated Lewis Wark free kick, and Ward had a shot saved by Coyne after a good run and cross from McLaughlin.

However, Ward was his side’s hero with five minutes to play. With the crowd’s hearts in their mouths, he sent a spectacular free kick high into the net from 20 yards out, giving Coyne no chance.

A nervy ending to the game saw some last-ditch defending from Holytown, but they repelled the threat Drumsagard posed and held on to secure the victory and spark wild celebrations as they lifted the trophy.

 

 

  • Full Time:
  • Drumsagard AFC
  • 2-3
  • Holytown Colts

Lineups

Drumsagard AFC
Holytown Colts
1. Nathan Coyne
2. Alexander Ballantyne
3. Kyle Gillespie
4. Connor Gracey
5. Liam Drummond
6. Liam Miles
7. Josh Carroll
8. Kyle Ross
9. Craig Queen
10. Blair Shillady
12. Lucas Ramsey
15. Robert Naismith
16. Lewis Wark
17. Aedon Slicer
18. Taylor Murray
19. Ben Allison
1. Robin Dingwall
2. Ross Lines
3. Jay Goode
4. Lennon Black
5. Scott McCallum
6. Alex Zadok
7. Jamie McLaughlin
8. Sean Clark
9. Aiden McFadden
10. Shaun Ward
11. Matthew Melia
12. Lennon Campbell
14. Sean Mcgrory
15. Jamie Carrigan
16. Jamie Linden
17. Daniel McCormick
Star Player
Drumsagard AFC
Holytown Colts
Craig Queen- the sheer number of chances he created for both himself and his team-mates was outstanding. A great all-round performance.
Lennon Black- marshalled his defence well throughout the game, producing a number of vital blocks himself. Powerful header got his side back into the game.
Magic Moment
Drumsagard AFC
Holytown Colts
Ramsey's second goal- good instinct from the youngster to latch onto a defensive error and produce a clinical finish.
Ward's free kick- a goal worthy of winning any final; a fine strike giving the goalkeeper no chance.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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