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Jerviston edge past Newton in scrappy cup final

Jerviston FC 2

Boyle 20, Main 43

Newton FC 1

Stewart 65
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2014
  • John Cumming Stadium
  • Under 17´s
  • LFDA League Cup Final
Both Jerviston and Newton showed a nervous disposition as they were forced to wait an extra thirty minutes to start their game as the game before them went all the way to penalties.
 
But soon enough the teams took to the pitch surrounded by the beautiful countryside and fields of Carluke as the sun beamed down on what was shaping up to be a competitive LFDA League Cup Final.
 
Much of the opening 15 minutes saw a tetchy midfield battle with Adam Greer controlling the possession for Jerviston when they had the ball, but in truth, Newton dominated the ball without actually creating anything for their strikers to feed off of.
 
Much of the Newton play was attempted down the right wing but was cut out by the Jerviston defence time and time again for throw ins which often led to more sideways passing and meaningless possession.
 
Newton grew complacent on the ball and Jerviston pounced on this slack play and created a fantastic chance as the ball was won with many Newton players committed forward to try make something of this early confidence.
 
The ball was hoofed down the right wing and Declan McAuley made chase, outsprinting Jamie Doyle as he desperately tried to regain the shape of Newton’s defence but to no avail, the ball was crossed at a fantastic height for the unmarked Gareth Kerr but his volley was saved at point blank range by Lewis Cameron and tipped over for a corner.
 
Fantastic opportunity to spit in the face of Newton’s dominance.
 
Jerviston now had the wind in their sails and continued to batter the Newton back four with Declan McAuley’s bad touch gifting the ball to the ‘keeper after the ball breaking in the box.
 
They took the lead after 20 minutes when they won a free kick on the right corner of the box.
 
With players lining up in the box, the Newton goalkeeper Doyle expected a high cross into the box but Conor Boyle spotted this and caught him out at his near post, giving the boys from Motherwell the lead.
 
Newton finally created something for themselves as the ball broke for Sam Kent 25 yards out who rounded the charging Jerviston ‘keeper but with his view obstructed by a defender, he tried to swivel and find a pass but lingered on the ball in a crucial position and was soon fouled by a trio of Jerviston players led by Adam Greer.
 
The resulting free kick was hammered into the wall and cleared.
 
Jerviston should’ve made it 2-0 when Reiss Stewart split open the Newton midfield and defence with a pinpoint pass to Gareth Kerr whose low drilled shot from the right was tipped past the post by Lewis Cameron.
 
The Jerviston goalkeeper Aidan Allan once again found himself in an awkward position after initially clearing a route one display from Newton but the ball landed to Jamie Main with the empty goal at his mercy and Allan nowhere to be found.
 
An equaliser seemed a given but Conna Rice bailed out his ‘keeper with an excellently brave block, the ball was still live but Allan re-joined the conversation and dove in front of the rebound shot from Main, maintaining the clean sheet for now.
 
Newton soon again took a hold of the match with the possession that they had enjoyed for much of the opening minutes.
 
They won a free kick 25 yards out which David Thompson struck with tremendous ferocity, forcing Allan to tip it over for a corner.
 
The ball was then sent right on top of Allan from the corner and Jamie Main made up for his missed opportunities just minutes before and nodded the ball home to bring the teams in even at half time
  • Half Time:
  • Jerviston FC
  • 1-1
  • Newton FC
The second half opened much scrappier than the first with both teams not wanting to expose themselves.
 
These opening 10 minutes spelled out what the rest of the match was to hold: Tetchy. Cautious.
 
Lacking in quality in the final third. There was actually a goal early on in the half but it came more from bad luck than skill.
 
As Callum Fergus looked to get Newton up the pitch following a weak Jerviston attack, he battered the ball off his own teammate David Thompson causing it to fall nicely at the feet of Reiss Stewart who showed great composure to stroke the ball into the far-right corner of the net and regain the lead.
 
Jerviston then devoted the next 30 minutes to sitting behind the ball and clearing their lines as Newton tried an aerial onslaught to get them back in the game.
 
Newton won a free kick just inside the Jerviston half which was sent long into the packed box, somehow Scott Williamson found himself unmarked and managed to get a foot onto the ball but the post denied him and the frustration was clearly setting in amongst the Newton players as they were looking to be losing this final.
 
Newton’s only hope seemed to come in the form of Ewan Macleod who was substituted on soon after Jerviston’s second.
 
The winger was a new lease of life for their attack as he time and time again carried the ball down the left wing, terrorising his opposite fullback and getting into good crossing positions but the rest of his team were clearly not onthe same page as him as his good work down the channel often came to nothing when itwas brought back into the middle of the pitch.
 
Despite Macleod’s attempts to rally his team late on, the final whistle blew with Jerviston only just deserving their win. 
 
This game could have gone either way with the opportunities which arose but Jerviston’s solid second half defensive display guaranteed them the win and the silverware.
 
 
  • Full Time:
  • Jerviston FC
  • 2-1
  • Newton FC

Lineups

Jerviston FC
Newton FC
1. Aidan Allan
2. Conor Boyle
3. Jack Burnett
4. Brandon Ferrie
5. Adam Greer
6. Robbie Houston
7. Gareth Kerr
8. Jamie Lester
9. Declan McAuley
10. Fraser Miller
11. Mark O’Rourke
12. Euan Scott
13. Declan Sloan
14. Reiss Stewart
15. David Taylor
1. Lewis Cameron
2. Jamie Doyle
3. Callum Fergus
4. Jack Grant
5. Josh Hall
6. Dean Holden
7. Sam Kent
8. Andrew Lindsay
9. Ewan Macleod
10. Jamie Main
11. Fraser McLean
12. Jonathan McLean
13. Callum Millar
14. Kyle Moffat
15. Conna Rice
16. Ryan Smith
17. David Thompson
18. Scott Williamson
Star Player
Jerviston FC
Newton FC
Reiss Stewart broke up the Newton play well and stroked the ball around well acting as a real creative pivot for Jerviston when they got up the pitch. He gave the ball to Gareth Kerr on a plate in the first half who should have finished off the chance but also took his own openings, showing great calmness beyond his years to score the winning goal early into the second half.
Despite only coming into the game with half an hour to go, Ewan Macleod spurred his team on with great pace and skill down the left wing to get Newton up the pitch but was largely let down by his teammates who couldn’t keep up with him. Who knows how the game would have panned out if he had started?
Magic Moment
Jerviston FC
Newton FC
Conor Boyle’s cheeky free kick to the near post ended a convincing period of Newton possession by catching out the opposition ‘keeper with a great clean strike.
David Thompson’s strike from 25 yards out may be forgotten because it came just before Newton’s equaliser but Thompson’s sledge hammer of a right foot had the goalkeeper scrambling to get an equally strong arm and tip it over for a corner which the team would subsequently score from.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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