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Lornshill Academy U14s win League Play-off in 10 goal thriller

Lornshill Academy 6

Grangemouth High School 4

Neish 24, Heeps 34, Shaw 47, Campbell 54
  • Tuesday, 20 March 2018
  • Ochilview Stadium
  • Under 14´s
  • FVSFA League Play-offs U14s
It was Lornshill Academy who became Forth Valley U14s league champions at a sunny Ochilview stadium in Stenhousemuir and they did so in some style. Opposition Grangemouth High School ran them close towards the end of the first half but Lornshill proved much too strong and won the game 6-4.
 
The first corner of the game brought with it the first goal, a Tom Hatelyesque corner floated into the box by Lornshill’s number 3 saw him score straight from the corner kick, a deep ball curler over the keeper and nestled inside the back post. A wonderful goal.
 
Lornshill doubled their advantage fifteen minutes into the match with some lovely build up play which led to number 6 rounding the keeper and laying it off to number 17 who smashed it past the helpless keeper from close range.
 
In the early stages of the game it was nearly all Lornshill with the Grangemouth defence struggling to cope with the counter-attack but Grangemouth eventually found their feet and started to create some chances of their own.
 
The game had a healthy audience with classes from both schools backing out the main stand in support of their school and the players seemed to thrive off the atmosphere their fellow class mates created.
 
Grangemouth finally converted one of their earlier chances when Kyle Neish broke through the defence thanks to a lovely through ball to take it past the keeper and put Grangemouth on the target on the 24th minute of the match.
 
Grangemouth almost got the equaliser straight from kick off when a free kick from Ciaran Heeps was just headed over the bar from Connor Ramsey.
 
Lornshill almost made Grangemouth pay for their missed opportunity when they ran up the park, catching the defence off guard before shipping it to the wings. Number 17 crossed the ball into 12 who just put it past the left-hand side of the post.
 
But it was to be Grangemouth to find the next. Heeps picked up a loose pass from outside the box and unleashed a screamer to take it over the head of the helpless keeper and draw the match.
 
As half time approached it seemed as if the teams would head into the break on level pegging but another wonder strike from Lornshill’s number 12 made sure that wouldn’t be the case. Picking up another slack pass from the right wing, he brought it onto his left and let rip from some distance to restore their lead.
  • Half Time:
  • Lornshill Academy
  • 3-2
  • Grangemouth High School
Straight from the second half Lornshill piled more misery onto Grangemouth when number 17 slotted home a ball from the wing, a fantastic delivery from the number 6.
 
Lornshill weren’t done yet, eight minutes into the second half, another corner by number 3 is converted by number 17 who easily knocked it by the keeper, unmarked in the middle of the box with the keeper in no-man’s-land. The score was now 5-2.
 
But like so many times in the match the scoreline wouldn’t stay that way, Grangemouth seemed to have found a second wind when Cameron Shaw slotted a lovely cross past the keeper who went the wrong way.
 
Grangemouth had their tales up and shortly after they found their fourth, Sam Campbell headed home a corner as he towered above the Lornshill defence.
It was Grangemouth who were asking all the question in their search for an equaliser with 25 minutes played of the second half. But they were just lacking that final product and they were punished for this.
 
In the 27th minute Lornshill struck a blow and effectively put a nail in the coffin for Grangemouth’s title hopes when a mix up in the defence and the keeper led the Lornshill left back to slip in to get the ball and fire into an empty net.
 
Lornshill’s sixth goal seemed to extinguish any hope of another Grangemouth fightback and as a result the game finished 6-4.
 
A thrilling contest which had goals galore, a fitting league play-off final which saw Lornshill Academy champions of the league, a well fought performance.  
  • Full Time:
  • Lornshill Academy
  • 6-4
  • Grangemouth High School

Lineups

Lornshill Academy
Grangemouth High School
Jamie Auld
Aidan Bonner
Ritchie Dawson
Devon Thomson
Ross Faichney
Cameron Grey
Kieran Stenhouse
Josh Irvine
Lewis Kidd
Murray McEwan
Lennon Reid
Rhyse Thomson
Dylan Williams
Max Candish
1. Cody Thomson
2. Connor Stowe
4. James Black
5. Connor Ramsey
6. Benjamyn Drummond
7. Kyle Neish
8. Luke Munro
9. Cameron Shaw
10. Ciaran Heeps
11. Tom Spiers
12. Sam Campbell
16. Jude Maxwell
17. Brodie Dooley
Star Player
Lornshill Academy
Grangemouth High School
Number 17 for Lornshill played a blinder, involved with nearly every chance as well as scoring a couple as well. Did his bit to see his team victorious. He even bagged himself a hattrick.
Sam Campbell, although he was on the losing side he had a good game, was instrumental in almost every Grangemouth attack.
Magic Moment
Lornshill Academy
Grangemouth High School
The first goal, a thing of sheer beauty. Perfectly weighted ball with the right amount of swerve to end up over the keeper and into the back of the net.
Ciaran Heeps' goal, he picked it up in front of onrushing defenders from a loose pass and hit a rocket past the helpless keeper to bring the game to a draw at the time.
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