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Cantera canter on to semi finals

Arthurlie Cantera 2

Wilson 68, MacDowall 80

Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 0

  • Sunday, 17 February 2019
  • Seedhill Astro
  • Under 19´s
  • Central Region Cup - Quarter Final

On a blustery day in Paisley Arhurlie Cantera met Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in the quarter finals of the Regional Under 19s Cup.

Both teams saw goals ruled out early on, Rob Roy being called offside whilst Cantera were judged to have ran the ball out of play, to which they were unhappy at the referee's decision. This was to be the best honest sniff at a goal we would see in what otherwise was a stalemate of a first half however, where Cantera were the stronger side they were kept at bay from a strong defensive partnership between Rob Roy's centre backs.

A speculative overhead kick from Cantera's Conor Bolger early on went wide, whilst a tame effort from a one-on-one situation by Rob Roy's Fraser Dawson was easily saved by the goalkeeper. 

The first half saw five minutes of time added on however after Rob Roy's Lloyd Aitken came off second best after putting in a fantastic crunching challenge whilst defending a Cantera attack. Unfortunately Aitken hurt his knee in the process and had to be replaced just before half time.

  • Half Time:
  • Arthurlie Cantera
  • 0-0
  • Kirkintilloch Rob Roy

The second half was immediately more end to end from either team, with Rob Roy's team talk seemingly working as they began to form a series of chances. Luke McNiven hit just wide from the edge of the box, before Dawson found himself failing to capitalise on a one-on-one scenario yet again, with a poor effort being saved by the Cantera goalkeeper Nathan McCrohon who had a strong game.

With Rob Roy failing to take advantage on their opportunities it looked like extra time and penalties may have been looming, however Cantera finally broke the deadlock on the 68th minute when a long ball into the box was trundled home from Robert Wilson who got a toe to the ball before the goalkeeper.

The goal changed the Cantera mentality who continued to attack and put pressure on the Rob Roy defence as the game entered its closing stages. Cantera were rewarded on the 80th minute when Matthew MacDowall floated a speculative effort towards goal from around 25 yards which looped over the goalkeepers head and into the bottom corner of the net. Rob Roy's Callum McCauley perhaps didn't shower himself with glory after failing to keep the shot out, and with a 2-0 lead Cantera were now in the clear.

A few final efforts came including an audacious free kick from around 50 yards by Cantera's Conor Bolger which went well over the bar. However, this was to prove no difference to the end result as Cantera advance to the semi finals after holding on to a deserved 2-0 win. 

  • Full Time:
  • Arthurlie Cantera
  • 2-0
  • Kirkintilloch Rob Roy


Arthurlie Cantera
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
1. Nathan McCrohon
2. Johnathan Gibson
3. Logan Punton
4. Jordan O'Neill
5. Keaton Scott Shirra
8. Lee McCallum
9. Robert Wilson
10. Matthew MacDowall
11. Conor Bolger
17. Lee McTernan
18. Andrew Park
SUBS 7. Brian McCulloch
15. Jay Lunney
16. Euan Andrews
1. Callum McCauley
2. Kyle Ferry
3. Kian Gilday
6. Lloyd Aitken
7. Fraser Dawson
9. Matthew Laing
10. Brogan Watson
14. Luke McNiven
15. Dillon Cooper
19. Mark Ward
20. Cameron Henry
SUBS 4. Lawrence Wade
8. Thomas Andrews
17. Kia McNaught
Star Player
Arthurlie Cantera
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
Conor Bolger - Throughout the first half and the closing stages of the second half where Cantera were on the offensive, Bolger played an important role in creating many of the attacks, with many plays coming in down the right hand side. He had the left back in his pocket for much of the game and played a vital part in Cantera's victory.
Cameron Henry - With Kirkintilloch defending for much of the game the scoreline could have been more than 2 for Cantera if it hadn't been for a solid display from Rob Roy's centre backs. Henry played well under periods of pressure throughout the game and ensured the goalkeeper didn't have as many shots to deal with throughout the game.
Magic Moment
Arthurlie Cantera
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
Matthew MacDowall's goal was the stand out moment of the game for Cantera after floating the ball over the goalkeepers head from outside the box. What looked like a very speculative effort worked out to be a fabulous finish.
Lloyd Aitken put in a fantastic crunching challenge while tracking back for Rob Roy and bravely won the ball. However, unfortunately he had to come off after the tackle after hurting his knee, but he showed his commitment to the play with the challenge.
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