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Airdrie hit eight past Syngenta

Airdrie United 8

McPharland 8, McMeekin 15, Stuart 38, Kaska 50, 78 McGhee 65, 68, 77

Syngenta Juveniles 1

Clark 75
  • Saturday, 16 September 2017
  • Airdrie Sports Centre
  • Under 15´s
  • Central Scotland League A
Airdrie Utd faced Syngenta Juveniles at Airdrie Sports Centre, only a few weeks after playing them in a thrilling cup tie that finished 5-5. If this game was half as exciting as that one, it would be one to remember.
Airdrie came into the match off the back of two defeats, after going through their league cup group campaign undefeated. Syngenta would be confident of defeating their opponents, as they were 4-0 up after only 20 minutes in the previous encounter. 
The home side started the brightest and should have taken the lead after only three minutes. Dominik Kaska had a free header inside the six yard box from a corner but his effort at goal was brilliantly cleared off the line by a combination of Harry Thomson and the Syngenta Goalkeeper Robbie Love.
Airdrie were the dominate side all over the pitch in the opening stages, and Cameron Stuart had an effort at goal that went just over.
Airdrie took a deserved lead only eight minutes in. Jordan McPharland's cross (or maybe it was a shot only he knows!) ended up in the back of the Syngenta net with the goalkeeper helpless.
Syngenta were really struggling to get a foothold in the game, and it was only a matter of time before Airdrie doubled their lead. Liam McMeekin finished well past Love in goal after a nice move with 15 minutes on the clock.   
A highlight of the first half was a great piece of skill from Christopher McGhee for Airdrie, as he beat his marker easily before and almost created a third for McMeekin.
Airdrie continued to be on top throughout the first half an hour, and could have easily made it three after 26 minutes but McMeekin wasn't as composed as he was with his first goal and his effort went just wide of the post. 
John Hamilton then had another chance for the home side to pull clear of their opponent and he would have felt that he should have scored having been played through but his shot went inches wide of the post. 
Sygenta were really holding on however with their first notable chance of the game, they were extremely unlucky not to score. Thomson picked the ball up on the edge of the box and his left footed strike from almost 25 yards out smashed off the cross bar and Airdrie were able to clear.
Stuart eventually made it three for Airdrie on the stroke of half time but Syngenta will feel it was a soft goal to concede. Stuart's fired low shot from a free kick under the wall to put his side 3-0 up at half time. 
  • Half Time:
  • Airdrie United
  • 3-0
  • Syngenta Juveniles


Syngenta improved greatly in the second half and they had the first chance of the second half when Kai Collinson had a decent strike from outside the box that went just wide. 
The away side were putting a lot of pressure on Airdrie and looked likely to score but just couldn't pull a goal back to make the game interesting. 
Airdrie scored against the run of play after 50 minutes to effectively put the game to bed as the ball broke to Kaska in the box. His shot rebounded off the post and he was there to score into an empty net to make it 4-0.
It was a long way back for Syngenta but they didn't give up, as they continued to create chances and work hard for each other.
McGhee won a penalty for Airdrie after more fantastic skill to beat the Syngenta defence. He picked himself up and scored the penalty to put his team 5-0 up after 65 minutes.
McGhee made it six only minutes later after good work on the left hand side from Connor Breslin and he had an easy tap in at the back post.
Syngenta didn't give up even with the score line becoming slightly embarrassing and they deservedly got on the score sheet with five minutes to go. Sam Clark rifled his shot into the bottom left corner, giving the goalkeeper no chance.
Airdrie were not finished yet however and neither was McGhee as he went on to complete his hat-trick with a fantastic strike into the bottom right corner to make it 7-1 to Airdrie. He looks like a player for the future.

The scoring was rounded off by Kaska who got his second of the game to make it 8 for the home side,
Airdrie can be delighted with their display and their were excellent performances from their players all over the pitch. The score line may flatter them but it was an impressive performance from the home side.
As for Syngenta they will be extremely disappointed with the final score as they didn't deserve to lose as heavily, and there were a few positives to take from an otherwise dreadful day for the away team.
  • Full Time:
  • Airdrie United
  • 8-1
  • Syngenta Juveniles


Airdrie United
Syngenta Juveniles
0. Connolly Duncan
1. Callum Nelson
2. Miles Lambe
3. Jordan McPharland
5. Cameron Stuart
7. Adam Smith
8. Taylor Hay
9. John Hamilton
10. Cole McKinney
11. Christopher McGhee
12. Liam McMeekin
14. Kyle Arthur
15. Jai McGill
16. Connor Breslin
17. James Jarvie
25. Dominik Kaska
33. Lewis Brown
1. Robbie Love
2. Niall Craig
3. Cameron Hamilton
6. Sam Forsyth
7. Harry Thomson
8. Lochlan Bryce
9. Sam Clark
12. Harris Bolton
14. Kyle Bedborough
16.Kai Collinson
17. Ryan Myles
19. Kyle Hutton
Star Player
Airdrie United
Syngenta Juveniles
The home star player was certainly Christopher McGhee for Airdrie, who scored a fantastic hat-trick. His third goal was particularly impressive as he picked the ball up in the middle of the park, beat a few Syngenta defenders and fired in a left footed strike into the bottom corner. His ability on the ball and skill to go by players was impressive, and he certainly has a bright future.
The star player for Syngenta was Harry Thomson, who drifted in and out of the game at times but on the ball looked very composed and had a good range of passing. He was extremely unlucky not to score in the first half as his shot came off the cross bar. The young player can improve but he should be proud of his performance.
Magic Moment
Airdrie United
Syngenta Juveniles
The magic moment for Airdrie was the skill shown by McGhee throughout the match to beat the Syngenta defenders on numerous occasions, and notable piece of skill resulted in him being brought down for a penalty late in the second half.
The magic moment for the away side was scoring a goal! On a bleak afternoon for Syngenta, they scored a fantastic goal and this attacking play proves that they can cause teams problems.
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