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Maddiston beat Jerviston to win League Cup in emphatic fashion

Jerviston 0

Maddiston 5

Taylor 23, 60, Wilson 30 , Smith 75, Williams 79
  • Saturday, 13 January 2018
  • Ochilview Park, Stenhousemuir
  • Under 14´s
  • Central Scotland League Cup

Jerviston went into this league cup final after defeating Steins Thistle 4-2 in the semi-final, and currently sit fourth in the table having only played six league games this season.

Maddiston beat EDFC 7-1 to reach the final, and are only three points behind their opponents in the league having played the same amount of games. 

Maddiston had a decent opportunity inside the first minute with a dangerous free kick on the right hand side, but the Jerviston defence stood firm. 

Pearce Mooney had the first real chance in the final, as his volley from the edge of the box went just wide of the post after five minutes as Jerviston started the game strongly.

Jerviston were the better team in the opening stages but it was Maddiston who created a wonderful opportunity to take the lead after ten minutes. Some good hold up play from Mark Taylor resulted in him cutting it back for Mason Buchanan but his shot hit the crossbar. Connor Gordon-Paterson's header was then agonisingly saved on the line by Dominic Leary.

The chance sparked Maddiston into life, as they starting to create more chances, dominate possession and their support were cheering them on to get the first goal.

Maddiston scored the goal that their play deserved after 23 minutes, as Taylor was played clean through on goal and he kept his cool to finish smartly under the Jervi goalkeeper to give his team the lead in the final.

Maddiston could have made it two only minutes later as Taylor again found himself with space through on goal as the Jerviston defence struggled to stop him. This time his shot went over the bar, but Leary had fouled the striker just at the edge of the box.

From the resulting free kick Jamie Wilson's low strike beat the goalkeeper to send the Maddiston support wild and this put his side two up on the half hour mark.

Jerviston were struggling to create any chances of note as the Maddiston defence stood firm, which allowed them to go into half time in the final with a deserved two goal cushion.

  • Half Time:
  • Jerviston
  • 0-2
  • Maddiston

Jerviston started the second half in determined mood, putting pressure on straight from the kick off and they should have pulled a goal back almost immediately but Tony Mullen could only hit the post with the goal gaping.

Jerviston were still struggling to pull a goal back but they knew that scoring would set up a tense finish for their opponents. 

With Jervi pushing forward in search of that goal, Maddiston took advantage on the counter attack and Taylor put the game to bed for his team. The striker finished brilliantly over the onrushing goalkeeper to put his side 3-0 up on the hour mark.

Maddiston had chances to extend their lead enough further as Jerviston pushed players forward looking to grab at least a consolation goal.

The Maddiston goalkeeper made a flying save to deny Niall Burke as his team still couldn’t even find a goal for their support to cheer.

Maddiston grabbed a fourth goal after 75 minutes through Aaron Smith as his low finish was enough to beat the Jerviston goalkeeper, to really rub it in to their opponents.

Billy John Williams put the icing on the cake for Maddiston as he made it 5 with only seconds remaining. His cross from a free kick evaded everyone and ended up in the back of the net.

The referee blew his whistle only a minute later to spark wild celebrations from the Maddiston bench, as they celebrated their much deserved league cup triumph with a trophy presentation and various photography duties. Hopefully these youngsters don't forget this day for a long time!

  • Full Time:
  • Jerviston
  • 0-5
  • Maddiston


1. Dominic Leary
2. Liam Duffy
3. Liam Battersby
4. Robbie Tollan
5. Tony Mullen
6. Niall Burke
7. Josh Ferrie
8. Pearce Mooney
9. Liam Knox
10. Sonny Brown
11. Sean Battersby
14. Dillion Bell
15. Mark Fitzpatrick
16. Dylan McClune
20. Callum Brennan
1. Blair Gallagher
4. Callum Hastings
5. Gavin Rae
6. Ben Broadley
7. Connor Gordon-Paterson
8. Jamie Wilson
9. Mark Taylor
10. Aaron Smith
11. Mason Buchanan
12. Tommy Goodwin
14. Evan Park
16. Lewis Brown
17. Ryan McLung
18. Billy John Williams
20. Joe Harrison
22. Taylor Barbero
Star Player
Jerviston's best player on a difficult day for them was Niall Burke, who showed a good level of skill and attacking ability throughout the match. If his team were going to score it was going to be through him and Burke can be proud of his performance.
The star player for Maddiston, and man of the match on the day, was Mark Taylor who was brilliant throughout the final. The big striker could not be contained by the Jerviston defence at all, as he bullied the defenders and showed a good level of pace as well. He finished smartly on two occasions, his second being the most impressive as his chip was expertly measured over the goalkeeper. Taylor would have had a hat-trick if his shot wasn't cleared of the line in the second half.
Magic Moment
It was a challenging day for Jerviston who I am sure can perform much better. However the scoreline flattered Maddiston and 5-0 is harsh on Jerviston.
The magic moment for Maddiston was the third goal by Taylor, as this put his side into a comfortable position and allowed his team to think about lifting that trophy at the end of the match.
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