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Lewis United progress after an exciting encounter with Whitburn Thistle

Whitburn Thistle 2

Mcardle 8, Graham 56

Lewis United Youth 5

Mckerron 6 & 57, Home 40, Morrison 45, Sutherland 63
  • Saturday, 25 October 2014
  • King George Park
  • Under 13´s
  • Scottish Cup
Whtiburn Thistle hosted Lewis United Youth of Aberdeen in the third round of this years Trans World Soccer SYFA Cup at King George Park in Whitburn on this cold, windy day. 
I knew I was to be in for a good treat watching this game having heard of the ability of the young Whitburn team and from knowledge that Lewis United are a club who continually produce good teams year after year. 
The game got underway with the wind blowing heavily as these two outfits looked to play the kind of football everyone wants to see. Fast flowing football with the ball on the deck. Both teams were having a good share of possession, making it difficult for the other team to get a hold of the ball. 
Four minutes in Aidan Mcardle played through Kyle Mallon who's resulting effort looked to be going in, but Jordan Dutch in the Lewis goal produced a great save to keep the scoreline 0-0. 
However, the deadlock was broken six minutes in as the very impressive Reece Mckerron found space in the Whitburn box to turn and shoot high past the stand in Whitburn goalkeeper Kian Rennie to make it 1-0 to Lewis United. 
What an exciting start to this match, which kept on giving as two minutes later Mcardle equalised for Whitburn after fantastic footwork from Ross Mullen saw the ball played to Mcardle who dispatched his shot in the top corner past Dutch to make the scoreline level. 
Both sides continued to play very neat football and with nothing to choose between the sides it looked as though either side could win this tie. Reece Mckerron was dictating a lot of Lewis' play, holding the ball up well and playing in the wingers, always looking dangerous. 
Whitburn looked like they were about to see themselves go 2-1 up as Mcardle played through Mallon and as he was about to strike, a fantastic last ditch tackle was made by the Lewis right back just in the nick of time. 
The next chance fell to Lewis United on the twenty minute mark as Jack Cowie hit a firm shot, high towards goal which was held well by Rennie in the Whitburn goal.
Two chances fell to Whitburn just before half time as Mullen saw an effort of his fly past the keepers post, much to his relief. The next came as a scuffle in the Lewis box almost saw Mcardle capitalise, however the danger was cleared.
Half time saw the sides go in with one goal a piece and with nothing to choose between the two.
  • Half Time:
  • Whitburn Thistle
  • 1-1
  • Lewis United Youth
The second half saw much more of the same of the first half as both sides continued to produce an excellent level of football in this Scottish Cup tie.
Shortly after the restart Lewis United went 2-1 up, as Jake Home finished expertly after he placed the ball in the bottom corner past the despairing Rennie. 
Five minutes after this, Ben Morrison scored a fantastic goal with a long range effort which gave Rennie no chance, to increase his sides lead, a great effort from the big midfielder. 
Things got worse for Whitburn as Lewis United were awarded a penalty after their striker was brought down in the box and Reece Mckerron cooly slotted the ball home to put Lewis up 4-1. 
However Whitburn did not let their heads drop and seeked to get themselves back into this tie, pressing for a lifeline.
This lifeline came on the fifty sixth minute as Zak Gourley put in a dangerous ball to the Lewis United box from a free kick which saw the ball evade everyone except for Luke Graham who tapped the ball in to make the scoreline 4-2.
Whitburn came close again as a good freekick from Callum Gray was saved well by Dutch after Mcardle was brought down just outside the box. 
Unluckily for Whitburn after some good pressure, they saw Lewis United go 5-2 up after Joe Sutherland scored the goal of the match with Rennie once again having no chance as the ball flew into the top corner on the sixty third minute.
Three minutes later Dutch in the Lewis United goal produced the save of the game as he tipped ball round the post after a great effort from Mullen who was so unlucky not to see his shot go in, a fantastic save from the keeper, down to his left.
With a few minutes remaining Luke Graham saw his attempt cleared off the line by Daniel Middler as the ball was slowly rolling towards the Lewis United goal. 
There were to be no more goals in this encounter as the game finished 5-2 to Lewis United. It was a game that was very evenly contested throughout despite the scoreline with both teams playing excellent football which was a joy to watch.
In the end, Lewis United just had the killer finishing touch in front of goal, scoring some excellent goals and they just showed that bit more hunger and desire to win the tie. 
  • Full Time:
  • Whitburn Thistle
  • 2-5
  • Lewis United Youth


Whitburn Thistle
Lewis United Youth
2. Ben Nimmo
3. Callum Gray
4. Aiden Mcardle
5. Jonathan Dunn
6. Luke Graham
7. Zak Gourlay
8. Jay Campbell
9. Ross Mullen
10. Matthew Boules
11. Kyle Mallon
12. Cameron Strang
16. Rory Elliot
17. Kian Rennie
1. Jordan Dutch
3. Daniel Middler
4. Blair McGinigal
5. Kyle Steel
6. James Gomes
7. Jack Cowie
8. Ben Morrison
9. Jack Home
10. Bradley Wilson
11. Joshua Gerrard
12. Joe Sutherland
13. Reece Mckerron
14. Dillon Stoddard
16. Stuart Smith
Star Player
Whitburn Thistle
Lewis United Youth
Ross Mullen was excellent for Whitburn, always looking dangerous and creating a few chances as well as setting up a goal.
Reece Mckerron was a stand out, he dictated a lot of Lewis United' play and looked excellent on the ball, as well as scoring twice.
Magic Moment
Whitburn Thistle
Lewis United Youth
Mcardle' equaliser was a fantastic goal to get his side back in the game.
Joe Sutherland' goal of the game really was a cracker, what an effort it was. No chance for any keeper.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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