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Riverside Reds 3

McLaren 3, Sanda 11, Hill 52

Alloa Saints 1

Barclay 75
  • Saturday, 31 May 2014
  • Recreation Park, Alloa
  • Under 16´s
  • Donnie McColl Memorial Cup - Final
Riverside Reds faced off against local side Alloa Saints at Recreation Park, home of Scottish Championship side Alloa FC in the Donnie McColl Memorial Cup Final.
Both teams served the watching fans a treat. Riverside went a goal up early in the match, before Saints could get a chance to calm the nerves.  Joe McLaren scoring in the third minute.
Charlie Sanda also got on the scoresheet just 8 minutes later in the 11th minute, a supreme shot that beat the keeper, who could do nothing about it.
Riverside were in cruise control by this point and were content to build up play from the back, playing the ball on the deck and playing some neat free flowing football, Louis Stewart skewing a shot wide after some really good wing play by Luca Berits. Both Stewart and Berits looked strong and were the main creative force of the Riverside team.
Saints however were determined to get back into this game and Daniel Wilson, a tall strong player was in the thick of every play that Saints made, however with no real penetration of the Riverside defence. Alloa did eventually get a few shots on target but nothing that was seriously going to cause Riverside keeper Chris Oar and problems.
The first half saw very impressive performances from Riverside’s Berits, Stewart, McLaren and Hill, whilst for Saints Middleton and Wilson both looked strong and composed.
  • Half Time:
  • Riverside Reds
  • 2-0
  • Alloa Saints
Saints started the more brightly of the two in the second half, I am unsure what the coach said in the dressing room, but whatever it was it kicked this Saints team into life. Saints threw everything at Riverside who at times wobbled, but managed to stay composed enough to limit Saints to some early long range shots. The will of the strong Kieran McKay and brilliant wing play from Mark Barclay saw Saints push Riverside deeper and deeper.
In the early stages of the second half, Riverside knew that Saints were a team growing in confidence and they had to do something about it, Stewart took the ball for a run down the left flank, crossing the ball into the penalty box, it was cleared but only as far as the on-rushing Jack Hill who Riverside looked comfortable yet again, and Charlie Sanda had the ball in the Saints net again, just for the linesman to deem him offside, much to the dismay of Sanda.
Riverside replaced the effective Stewart and Berits with Clint Jespal and Ryan Moran. It was a surprise substitution by Coach Ron Bukman, who was determined to try and let all his subs get game time, with the game looking out of reach for Saints. Saints however were determined to try and make amends and started to push back at Riverside, forcing Riverside to at time defend rashly.
Mark Barclay grew in confidence as did Kieran McKay, Daniel Wilson, Justin Reynolds and Ryan Middleton. Barclay grabbed an excellent worked goal firing his shot low across the face of the Riverside goal, and low into the keepers left hand post.
Riverside held on for the win, and ran out worthy 3-1 winners, but Saints can take heart from this performance, it just wasn’t meant to be their day.
  • Full Time:
  • Riverside Reds
  • 3-1
  • Alloa Saints


Riverside Reds
Alloa Saints
1. Chris Orr
3. Cameron Hawthorn
4. Nathan Stirling (C)
5. Luca Berits
7. Gregor Henderson
8. Fergus McQueen
9. Ryan Moran
10. Louis Stewart
12. Matthew Hastings
14. Scott McCoull
15. Charlie Sanda
16. Clint Jespal
17. Dean Shirra
19. Hamish Cholerton
20. Joe McLaren
21. Jack Hill
1. Lewis Murray
2. Ryan Middleton (C)
3. Rory Geddes
4. George Sarrou
5. Daniel Wilson
6. Dylan Christie
7. Ryan McCallum
8. Michael Gillespie
9. Kieran McKay
10. Justin Reynolds
11. Mark Barclay
12. Gregor Whyte
14. Jordan Spiers
16. Euan Lindsay
17. Jordy McLaren
18. Sean McLelland
Star Player
Riverside Reds
Alloa Saints
This is a really difficult choice, as quite a few players names could be here, I was very impressed by Berits, Hill and McLaren, however for sheer creativity I will give it to Stewart
By far the best player on the Saints team was Daniel Wilson, always in the thick of the action and a fine example of composure and determination.
Magic Moment
Riverside Reds
Alloa Saints
Although not resulting in a goal, Louis Stewart was unlucky not to get onto the score sheet, some brilliant play by Berits on the right wing, the ball was crossed over to Louis Stewart who just hit his shot wide, but it was a magical moment of link up brilliance between these two players.
Mark Barclay's goal was well taken and Saints deserved to at least get a goal for their efforts, on another day I would have expected to see Saints crowned victors.
Club Views
Riverside Reds
Alloa Saints
Interview to follow.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.

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