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Gairdoch edge out Pro Football Academy in tight game

Pro Football Academy 0

Gairdoch United 1

McCue 45
  • Saturday, 27 October 2018
  • Logans Road Park
  • Under 14´s
  • 2005's A League

Professional Football Academy played host to Gairdoch United at Logan’s Road Park in this close and exciting encounter.

The game started at a fast pace as both teams were eager to get in front early and also to warm up on a chilly morning in Motherwell.

The first good chance fell to Professional Football Academy when Connor Swan found some space at the back post but his volleyed effort from a tight angle went just over the bar. 

The best chance of the first half fell to Scott Honeyman of Gairdoch. In the build up there was some excellent play on the left wing by Josh McCue and his cross was put it on a plate for Honeyman but his side-footed effort went just wide. 

The away side were able to create another good opportunity just before halftime and this time it was McCue with the opportunity to score himself but his shot from just inside the box was well saved by Aidan Glavin in the PFA goal.

  • Half Time:
  • Pro Football Academy
  • 0-0
  • Gairdoch United

Gairdoch continued to be the better team at the start of the second half and it they took the lead after 45 minutes, also through the best player on the park. 

McCue found himself in some space at the edge of the box and he was able to time his run into the box perfectly and his brilliantly timed volley went straight into the top corner giving the goalkeeper no chance and putting his side into a deserved lead with half an hour remaining.

It was up to PFA to mount a immediate response but they had struggled for most of the game to create any clear cut chances and break down a solid Gairdoch defence.

The away side were again the better team in the second half and they were able to win numerous free kicks to slow the game down and see the game out. 

One of those free kicks resulted in McCue again forcing Glavin into a smart save down low.

Ultimately Gairdoch were able to see the game out, despite some late pressure from PFA, and they can take good confidence from their solid away performance.

  • Full Time:
  • Pro Football Academy
  • 0-1
  • Gairdoch United

Lineups

Pro Football Academy
Gairdoch United
1. Aidan Glavin
2. Kai Smith
3. Anton Kelly
5. Lewis Campbell
6. Daniel McClenaghan
8. Fraser Moss
9. Connor Swan
10. Barry Lee Rowlands
11. Roman Martin
14. Sam Bradley
15. Kai Bruce
17. Mark Kelly
18. Scott MacDonald
67. Liam Glavin
1. Arron Christie
2. Ryan Cruse
3. Mackenzie Paterson
4. Kyle Smith
5. Lewis Hamilton
6. Ceide McEelhenney
9. Ross Bell
10. Scott Honeyman
11. Callum Thomson
12. Keegan Bryce
14. Archie Spowage
16. Josh McCue
17. Campbell Green
Star Player
Pro Football Academy
Gairdoch United
The star player for Pro Football Academy was their goalkeeper Aidan Glavin, who was able to keep his team in the game until the very end through some excellent stops, in particular denying Josh McCue from adding further goals to his tally for the day.
The star player for Gairdoch United was Josh McCue, who was the standout player on the park from both teams. He was a constant threat and created several good chances for his teammates. His ability to test the goalkeeper on numerous occasions was impressive and he was able to cap off his performance with a wonderful goal.
Magic Moment
Pro Football Academy
Gairdoch United
The magic moment for Pro Football Academy again came from their goalkeeper Aidan Glavin from his excellent save to deny McCue in the first half.
The magic moment for Gairdoch United was their winning goal from McCue, the cross was well timed to pick him out and McCue struck his volley straight into the top left hand corner out of reach of the goalkeeper. It was a fine finish to win the game.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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