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Alva Academy beat St Mungos to win the league play-offs

St Mungos High School 1

McAlpine (20')

Alva Academy 4

Fisher (13'), Hutchinson (15'), Smith (35'), Hale (72')
  • Tuesday, 20 March 2018
  • Ochilview Stadium
  • Under 15´s
  • FVSFA League Play-offs U15s
Alva Academy were crowned FVSFA league champions at a sunny Ochilview stadium in Stenhousemuir in a 4-1 victory over St Mungos High School. An impressive first half performance coupled with a well drilled second half proved too much for St Mungos, who despite getting a goal back was unable to derail the eventual champions.
 
It was St Mungos who got off to the brighter start; a corner kick which met a Saints head bounced off the bar and was cleared by the defence who had an early wake-up call. Another corner a few minutes later nearly broke the deadlock but an unfortunate touch off of the knee led to a goal kick to Alva.
 
Seven minutes into the game, St Mungos continued to look the brighter side with an overhead kick attempt squandered in by the thankful keeper.
 
Despite all this St Mungos pressure it was Alva who took the lead, a screamer from the right wing in what looked to have been a cross, ended up chipping the keeper and finding the net. Jack Fisher didn’t care though, a superb goal to put his team in front.
 
Minutes later Alva doubled their lead, Adam Hutchison went on a mazy run, taking on several defenders before firing it past the on-rushing keeper with a composed finish into the back of the net.
 
St Mongos nearly fired straight back with Luke McAlpine picking up the ball from the switched off defence, but keeper Jason Foord produced a good save to stop the attacker.
 
With just under twenty minutes played, Alva seemed to grow into the game, looking the more confident on the ball and most dangerous to score. The St Mungos player’s frustration seemed to get the better of them and they began to resort to long balls which led to nothing.
 
Alva added a third just before half time to add more frustration to the St Mungo’s players. Kris Kelly played his way out of trouble with some trickery before squaring it to Dylan Smith who made no mistake in side-footing it past the keeper and putting Alva 3-0 up at the break.
  • Half Time:
  • St Mungos High School
  • 0-3
  • Alva Academy
The first half saw Alva begin the better side by playing well and making the most of their chances, St Mungos started brightly but dwindled towards the end by letting frustration get the better of them, a long half time team talk followed.
 
The second half started relatively quietly before St Mungos got the first real chance of the half. Luke McAlpine found space on the wing before dragging his shot just wide of the post, St Mungos looked to have finally found their feet.
 
Just over 15 minutes played of the second half saw another big chance for St Mungos. Liam Johnston linked up well with McAlpine who again dragged his shot just wide of the post. Momentum seemed to have been with the boys in green.
 
All their early pressure payed off for St Mungos who got on the scoresheet with twenty minutes played of the second half. McAlpine got his goal after a break from the midfield in which he successfully rounded the keeper and found the net at the second time of asking.
 
St Mungos seemed to have really grown into the game and continued to search for their second goal to reduce the deficit and put real oressure on Alva.  
 
But the St Mungos defence was almost caught out when Kelly latched onto a loose pass and looked to take it round the keeper, but the on-rushing Marc Thomson had it covered.
 
Kelly was at it again when he laid it off to team mate Allister Hardie but he was unable to keep his shot down and the ball blazed over the bar.
 
With just under 30 minutes played the St Mungos players seemed off the pace with some picking up knocks throughout the game and struggled to get back into the game.
 
Alva took full advantage of this and had the chance to effectively put the game to bed but Aidan Gallagher could only find the side netting.
 
St Mungos eventually found a second wind and were really unlucky not to get another goal back. Liam Fagan picked the ball up from near the corner flag and skillfully took it by three Alva defenders before squaring it into the box for a defender to clear his lines.
 
Approaching the 35th minute of the second half St Mongos dug in deep in search for a chance to get back into the game and they nearly got it.
 
There was late drama as a great ball from a free kick deflected off a sea of bodies before hitting the post and coming out to Liam Johnston who was unable to find the target from close range.
 
In the dying moments of the game Alva added the final nail to the coffin with the notorious strike partnership of Hutchinson and Kelly linking up again to lay it off to Cameron Hale to pass it into an empty net.
 
A well-deserved with for Alva who outplayed St Mongos for the most part of the game and were well organised throughout as well as clinical in taking their chances. St Mungos however looked like they never really got going, despite this they had their chances to get back into the game but unfortunately for them they didn’t take them.
 
Alva Academy U15s were subsequently crowned Forth Valley League Champions.
  • Full Time:
  • St Mungos High School
  • 1-4
  • Alva Academy

Lineups

St Mungos High School
Alva Academy
1. Mark Thomson
2. Danny Lyon
3. Lewis Jack
4. Michael Beattie
6. Michael Gallagher
7. Liam Johnston
8. Liam Fagan
9. Robbie Simpson
10. Luke McAlpine
11. Luke Cosbie
15. Cameron McKenzie
16. Martin Strain
17. Kayi Birnie
1. Jason Foord
2. Jack Fisher
3. Ajay Hugill
4. Lewis Hutchinson
5. Scott Abel
6. Dylan Smith
8. Alister Hardie
9. Kris Kelly
10. Adam Hutchinson
11. Blair McEwan
14. Aidan Gallagher
15. Cameron Hale
Star Player
St Mungos High School
Alva Academy
Liam Johnston was always lively on the wing and created numerous chances and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.
Kris Kelly was instrumental in almost every Alva attack, held up the ball well and always looked a threat on the ball, linked up well with teammate Hutchinson to create some good and vital chances.
Magic Moment
St Mungos High School
Alva Academy
McAlpine's goal, caught the defence off guard and was played through by a lovely through ball in which McAlpine rounded the keeper and finished into an empty net.
Jack Fisher's goal, debatable over whether it was a cross or a shot, but it doesn’t take anything away from the beauty of it. Keeper had no chance.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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