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Mossend pull off major shock to win LFDA Cup on penalties against Blantyre

Blantyre SAC Black 2

Livingston 22, 82

Mossend BC 2

Watson 33, 87
  • 2-2, Mossend win 4-2 on penalties
  • Sunday, 14 May 2017
  • John Cummings Stadium
  • Under 15´s
  • LFDA CUP U15s Final
Blantyre began the match as big favourites, having already won the league cup only a few weeks ago and winning 15 out of 15 games in the league this season. Mossend had lost the previous encounter to Blantyre in the league 4-0 and sit 6th in the league. 
Blantyre started the match against Mossend by kicking from right to left, but Mossend started the brightest in the initial stages but only had a poor cross into the box to show for it. 
Shay Livingston looked sharp for Blantyre and some initial good work by him won successive corners but nothing came of them.
Despite all the pressure in the opening stages coming from Blantyre, the first big chance was to fall to Mossend after 5 minutes.
Lee Dixon was played through and had a great chance to open the scoring against the run of play but a wonderful tackle from captain Jay Swan prevented him from hitting the target. 
Aaron Henderson was to have Blantyre's first chance after 6 minutes but the Mossend keeper Gary Joe McMullan made himself big and pulled off the first of a string of saves to keep his side in the game. 
From the resulting corner Blantyre thought they had scored but the linesman correctly flagged for offside after a mistake from the keeper. 
Mossend again had a wonderful opportunity after 11 minutes with Lee Dixon attempting to get there in front of the Blantyre goalkeeper, David Malarky, but couldn’t quite get there. 
Blantyre started to dominate possession as the game settled down and the best chance of the match was to fall to them after 17 minutes. Excellent play from Jack Murphy resulting in him crossing for Bradley Craig however he blazed over when it seemed easier to score. 
Blantyre eventually got a deserved goal to open the scoring 22 minutes in, the ball was flicked on from Henderson, Craig this time squared it to Livingston and he couldn’t miss from only six yards out. 
Blantyre began to take control of the final and only a few minutes later should have been two up if it wasn’t for a top save from the Mossend keeper following a good strike from Jack Murphy. 
It was one way traffic for most of the first, as Blantyre were getting down Mossends left side a lot and were causing them a lot of problems. 
30 minutes in, Craig sent Henderson clean through but he blazed his chance over bar, with Mossend hanging on.  
McMullan made a fine double save only moments later to prevent Blantyre going clear and if they were 3 or 4 up, nobody could have argued. 
However, Mossend somehow managed to find a hugely unlikely equaliser, thanks to some fantastic work from Brendan Markey on the right hand side, he cut it back for striker Liam Watson who poked it home to spark big celebrations in the 33rd minute for the Mossend fans. 
McMullan made another good stop as Mossend went into halftime the much happier side after being under the pump for most of the first half. 
  • Half Time:
  • Blantyre SAC Black
  • 1-1
  • Mossend BC
The second half began with both teams looking nervous, as the game was finely posed but Blantyre were still slightly on top, passing the ball well. 
The first chance in the second half fell to Mossend after 48 minutes, as Reece McGuire forced a good save from the Blantyre goalkeeper following good work from Lee Dixon.  
A few minutes later Blantyre created a good opportunity as substitute Aaron McDougall's cut back was parried out and Henderson could only blaze his chance over the bar. 
There was a rather strange moment midway through the second half, as Euan Lindsay came back onto the field after being injured without the referee telling him to and a free kick was awarded to Blantyre, however nothing was to come for it. 
The second half proved to be much more of an even contest and on the 70th minute, Mossend had a brilliant chance to score a potential winner as Jaden Anderson went clean through but Malarky made a decent save. 
Blantyre also had a chance to win it in normal as McDougall was sent through by Livingston but couldn’t find the finish he was looking for. 
In injury time at the end of the half Mossend had a free kick but Malarky held onto the ball and extra time was needed to split the sides. 
  • Full Time:
  • Blantyre SAC Black
  • 1-1
  • Mossend BC
The game had to be decided in extra time, and Blantyre started quicky as substitute Logan Buick produced another fine save from McMullan. Blantyre took the lead only two minutes into extra time, as substitute Brendan Owens flick resulted in Livingston going through on the goalkeeper and he managed to squeeze his shot in to send Blantyre 2-1 up with his second shot of the game. Despite this big blow, Mossend found character to garab another equaliser and there was a familiar theme to it. Again Markey produced some terrific work on the left side this time to put a perfect cross into the box for Watson to sweep home his second goal of the game 8 minutes into extra time. Mossend would not give up. The second half of extra time started with Watson having a great chance to complete his hat-trick and put Mossend in front for the first time but fired over after good work again from Markey. Mossend finished the game stronger but could not find a winner and the match ended 2-2, therefore the match had to be decided on penalties. Penalty shoot-out: The first three penalties were expertly put away by both sets of teams, as both sets of goalkeepers couldn’t get near them. However Craig missed the first penalty of the shootout with McMullan making a great save to deny him. Lindsay scored his goal penalty and this meant that Henderson had to score or Mossend were champions. Unfortunately for Blantyre his penalty went wide and the Mossend players went wild, to win 4-2 on penalties. Mossend thoroughly deserved the win for the character they showed against a very talented Blantyre side, who have a bright future.

Final Result: 2-2, Mossend win 4-2 on penalties


Blantyre SAC Black
Mossend BC
1. David Malarky
2. Justin Muir
3. Aidan Kelly
4. Oliver Grenfell
5. Jay Swan
6. Jack Murphy
7. Aaron Henderson
8. Shay Livingston
9. Bradley Craig
10. Josh Cameron
11. Kyle Kennedy
12. Brendan Owens
14. Aaron McDougall
17. Callum Coghill
18. Logan Buick
1. Gary Joe McMullan
2. Kieran Hogg
3. Lee Dixon
5. Robbie Skinner
6. James Alexander Stewart
7. Brendan Markey
9. Jay Parker
10. Reece McGuire
11. Jaden Anderson
13. Nathan Bradley
15. Oliver Young
16. Jay Campbell
18. Liam Watson
21. Euan David Lindsay
Star Player
Blantyre SAC Black
Mossend BC
The star player for Blantyre was Shay Livinston, who grabbed two goals for his side and created several other good chances for his team. His general play was excellent, he showed a good range of passing and was composed enough to finish his second goal of the game.
The star player for Mossend was their goalkeeper Gary Joe McMullan, although Brendan Markey can be proud of his performance too with two assists and Liam Watson with two goals. McMullan produced save after save to keep his team in the match particularly in the first half, and his stop in the penalty shootout was vital.
Magic Moment
Blantyre SAC Black
Mossend BC
This came from Blantyre's captain Jay Swan, who prevented a certain goal with a great interception in the first half.
There was two magic moments for Mossend from Brendan Markey, who produced two wonderful assists to ultimately set up the victory.
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