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Ardencaple FC 2004’s and Greenock United 2003’s share the spoils in eight-goal thriller

Ardencaple FC 2004’s 4

33, 46, 48, 74

Greenock United 2003’s 4

Wishart 7, MacLean 30, Tyrrell 31, Docherty 67
  • Sunday, 29 October 2017
  • Hermitage Academy
  • Under 14´s
  • Dunbartonshire Football Development League

Greenock United 2003’s retained fourth spot in the Dunbartonshire Football Development League despite dropping their first points of the season in a thrilling 4-4 draw with Ardencaple FC 2004’s. 

Ardencaple went into the game on the back of a 3-3 league draw with Dumbarton Riverside 2004’s, while the away side were in high spirits following their 7-2 thrashing of Dumbarton United 2004’s in their previous league fixture. Greenock did, however, have a Regional Cup outing at the beginning of the month, progressing into the next round of the competition with a fine 5-2 victory over Dalziel Boys Club Blacks 2003’s.

The away side entered the match at Hermitage Academy as favourites, sitting five points ahead of their opponents in a highly competitive league table, and it was United who took the lead in just the 7th minute as forward Stephen Wishart found the net after he was found by defender Campbell. With just one change from their previous fixture - Aaron Gray replacing Jamie Sandford in defence – United were brimming with confidence, and found their second shortly after through Josh MacLean.

MacLean then turned provider for midfielder Nathan Tyrrell just a minute later, adding to his phenomenal four assists in the last league outing against Dumbarton. Just as the game seemed to be slipping from the grasp of the home side, they did manage to pull one back before half time with a well-taken free-kick, ending the half in a 3-1 lead for the away side. 

  • Half Time:
  • Ardencaple FC 2004’s
  • 1-3
  • Greenock United 2003’s

With their tails up, Ardencaple produced a fantastic come-back early in the second half with two quickfire goals in two minutes, simply blowing away United who now found themselves level after 48 minutes of play. 

In an attempt to switch things up, United brought on two fresh faces in the form of Mark Kelly and Josh Low, replacing Kaiden Harvey and Josh MacLean respectively, and it worked wonders as the away side took the lead just ten minutes later. Midfielder McFarlane picked out Josh Docherty, who made no mistake in putting his side 4-3 up in a fascinating encounter.

There was however further drama as Ardencaple managed to find an equaliser late on, ending the thrilling affair in a 4-4 draw. A high scoring game was always expected between two sides who have found the net more often than not this season, with the home side now sitting on 12 league goals for the campaign, and the away side having scored 22 times in their four games in the competition.

Greenock now sit eight points off top of the table Glasgow Red Star Athletic 2004’s, yet importantly have two games in hand to reduce the deficit, while Ardencaple remain in fifth place with five points from their four games so far this season. Up next for United is a league trip to Helensburgh FC 2003’s, while Ardencaple will have their work cut out as they face Lochgilphead Red Star 2004’s, a side yet to lose in their four league matches to date.

  • Full Time:
  • Ardencaple FC 2004’s
  • 4-4
  • Greenock United 2003’s


Ardencaple FC 2004’s
Greenock United 2003’s
1. Witherow
2. Gray
3. Harvey
4. Campbell
5. Burke
6. Tyrrell
7. McFarlane
8. Woods
9. MacLean
10. Wishart
11. Docherty
12. Low
14. Ahlfeld
15. Sandford
16. Kelly
17. Gisby
Star Player
Ardencaple FC 2004’s
Greenock United 2003’s
Josh MacLean Forward MacLean continued his fine form in front of goal, scoring the second of the game before adding an assist to top off an impressive display.
Magic Moment
Ardencaple FC 2004’s
Greenock United 2003’s
Summoning the energy from 3-0 down to fantastically bring it back to a 3-3 draw just minutes into the second half.
After conceding three goals in quick succession and losing their comfortable lead, the away side's heads could have easily dropped, yet they found the courage and determination to bounce back and once again take the lead late on.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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