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Young Falkirk lift cup thanks to wonder goal

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Young Falkirk
Stenhousemuir ITC
Wright 53


U14 Robert Paterson Cup - Final
Recreation Park, Alloa

Scott Binnie

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Young Falkirk Under 14's lifted the FVFDA Challenge Cup thanks to a stunning strike from Matthew Wright from inside his own half.

It was a tight game throughout and if not for some nervous finishing, the scoreline could have been much higher for both sides.

Brandyn Lennon was the first to test the goalkeeper, firing in a looping shot from 30 yards out that had the Young Falkirk goalkeeper Mark Gordon at full stretch.

Falkirk’s Sean Favier was then almost through on goal after a nice pass from the midfield, but goalkeeper Jack Wilsdon beat him to the ball and cleared.

Lennon drew another good save from Gordon, this time from a free kick wide on the left hand side.
From the resulting corner, Sean MacKenzie’s volley was just over the bar.

Favier was close again after 10 minutes, sending in a curling strike from just inside the box that was comfortable saved.

Finley Hamill’s lovely right wing run ended in a pass across the face of goal that just evaded MacKenzie’s outstretched leg before at the other end, Favier had a good shot saved by Stenny goalkeeper Wilsdon.

Young Falkirk should have been in front after 28 minutes, Ciaran Barr breaking down the right wing before passing inside to Alex Thomson; Thomson rolled the ball to strike partner Favier who pulled his shot over from eight yards out.

Connor McIlreavy was the hero for Stenhousemuir seconds later, clearing off the line after a Falkirk cross looked to be diverted into the goal by George MacDonald.

MacDonald then saw his 20 yard shot scrape the top of the bar after great work on the right from Conor Robertson, the former distinguishing himself as one of the top performers.

Stenny were able to break and Falkirk goalkeeper Gordon had to charge off of his line to deny McIlreavy’s storming run.

A good Falkirk move then ended with Thomson sending in a stinging shot that Wilson did well to catch.

Half Time: Young Falkirk 0-0 Stenhousemuir in the Community

The second half started particularly cagily, both teams struggling to break down the opposing back lines despite some clever play from both midfields.

A good move and pass from Anthony Campbell saw Barr in space on the right hand side of the Stenny penalty box but his scuffed shot was wide of the near post.

Stenhousemuir skipper Lennon had a great shot saved by Gordon, allowing a throw in to come across his body before releasing a solid effort at the top corner.

It was 1-0 to Falkirk on 53 minutes, Matthew Wright’s superb long pass from inside his own half evading the Stenny defence and flying into the net, a truly stunning strike.

Hamill went close to equalising for Stenhousemuir after the hour mark, his close range effort was right at Gordon after good work on the right flank.

It was Hamill again seconds later, receiving a lofted through ball from the midfield before sending a lobbed strike past the post.

Favier almost killed the game for Falkirk but Rhys Watters cleared the ball off the line when a goal seemed certain; Neven Subotic eat your heart out.

MacKenzie went close right at the death, his 18 yard strike creeping just past the far post seconds before the referee blew full time.

Full Time: Young Falkirk 1-0 Stenhousemuir in the Community


Young Falkirk Stenhousemuir ITC
1. Mark Gordon
2. Sean Favier
3. Fraser Swan
4. Anthony Campbell
5. Jonathan Morgan
6. Fraser Campbell
7. Conor Robertson
8. George MacDonald
9. Jay Buist
10. Matthew Wright
12. Ciaran Barr
14. Tom Quinn
15. Taylor Buchanan
16. Alex Thomson
17. Jamie White
19. Jack Wilsdon 
2. Aidan McKay
3. Connor McIlreavy
4. Finley Hamill
5. Jamie McCormack
6. Jordan McAin
8. Lewis Gray
9. Rhys Watters
11. Murray Wilson
12. Brandyn Lennon
14. Ross Hamilton
16. Nathan Kidd
18. Sean MacKenzie
18. Kyle Innes
George MacDonald had a fantastic game on the left flank, always causing the opposition defence problems and he was a key outball for Falkirk on the break.
Brandyn Lennon was a behemoth in the middle of the park, dominating play and he was very unfortunate not to hit the back of the net with one of a number of long range efforts.
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