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Syngenta secure season quadruple in style with victory over Clyde

Syngenta Juveniles 4

Gray 26, 47, McQueen 68, 71

Clyde FC 1

Jackson 60
  • Sunday, 18 June 2017
  • The Falkirk Stadium
  • Under 17´s
  • FVDA League Cup

Syngenta Juveniles claimed their fourth trophy of the season with a 4-1 victory over Clyde in the FVFDA League Cup final.

The Dyes were the dominant side throughout and in the early stages Robbie McCafferty’s live wire tendencies were causing all sorts of problems. 

Within a minute of kick-off, the winger broke down the right and cut a deflected ball across goal, which evaded his teammates by a matter of inches.

McCafferty then combined with Flynn Gray and delivered a teasing ball into the box but again there was no connection. 

In the 8th minute, the wide player’s pace created the space to hang a cross to the back post, which was volleyed just over by Grant Forrester. 

The early pressure paid off with 26 minutes on the clock and Syngenta fans were not to be surprised by the culprit. Roman Blazejewski’s clever flick-on was anticipated by none other than Gray, who slotted home the opener and continued his fine season.

In the final five minutes of the first half, there was a flurry of chances. Blazejewski showed the presences of mind to control the ball in the penalty area and lift the ball over a defender’s head to Gray who exchanged with McCafferty before blasting over. 

On the half, a defensive slip presented Clyde with a glorious opportunity to level with Iain Laver free at the back post. However, much to the relief of Syngenta, Allan Dickson was alert to produce a strong two-handed stop and ensure it was 1-0 at the break. 

  • Half Time:
  • Syngenta Juveniles
  • 1-0
  • Clyde FC

The referee had barely sounded his whistle for the second half and the Dyes had doubled their lead. In the 47th minute, a free-kick from deep was nodded into the path of Gray, who calmly finished. 

Clyde pulled themselves back into the final on the hour mark, when Sean Fagan was adjudged to have to have fouled Steven Dunseath on the edge of the box. Jacob Jackson stepped up to take the set piece and curled a beautiful striker around the wall and into the bottom right corner. 

But the piece of technical brilliance only seemed to poke the bear, as on 68 minutes Fagan played in Michael McQueen, who showed trickery and neat close control to work the ball onto his right foot before burying into the bottom left corner. 

At 3-1, Syngenta sensed blood. Fagan released McCafferty on the right, who drove towards goal but was prevented by a smart save from the goalkeeper at his near post. 

They got a fourth in the 71st minute when a deflected ball fell into the path of McQueen, who adjusted himself well to shoot on the turn and score. 

At that point, the Falkirk side seemed content to maintain the possession and see the game out until minutes from time, Fagan received the ball in a deep position and rode three challenges before his effort was stopped by the leg of the goalkeeper. 

 

 
  • Full Time:
  • Syngenta Juveniles
  • 4-1
  • Clyde FC

Lineups

Syngenta Juveniles
Clyde FC
23. Allan Dickson
2. Hayden McLean
3. Mitchell Speirs
4. Adam Green
5. Aaron McMillan
6. Robbie McCafferty
17. Grant Forrester
8. Alex Thomson
9. Michael McQueen
10. Roman Blazejewski
11. Kyle McGuire
12. Conor Whitehead
13. Callan Stone
15. Josh Brown
22. Flynn Gray
25. Sean Fagan
1. Thomas Colston
2. Jacob Jackson
3. Daniel Burrows
4. Ryan Archibald
5. Iain Laver
6. Ryan Bennie
7. Blair Hastings
9. Adam Gardiner
10. Lewis Croy
11. Jae Convery
12. Paul McIntyre
14. Ryan McCarthy
16. Steven Dunseath
17. Taylor Platt
18. Derrick Hunter
Star Player
Syngenta Juveniles
Clyde FC
Robbie McCafferty was at his dazzling best on the wing with jinking runs and dangerous balls into the box. A real asset to this Syngenta side.
Iain Laver showed heart, aggression and desire despite the fact proceedings weren't going in his team's favour. A strong performance.
Magic Moment
Syngenta Juveniles
Clyde FC
Syngenta's third goal scored by Michael McQueen was a piece of individual brilliance which had it all from trickery and direct running to skill and composure.
Simply put Jacob Jackson's free-kick was a peach deserving of winning any cup final but unfortunately, it was not to be his side's day.
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