Clydebank BFC Under 16s spoiled the Park Villa Under 16s party as they were able to gain all three points and seal the championship title at McKenna Park in Govan on Sunday afternoon. This match was a title decider, with the home side only needing to avoid defeat to clinch the title. However, Noel Makombo-Eboma scored with ten minutes remaining to seal the win which helped The Bankies win the Glasgow & District Youth Football League Under 16s title.
Clydebank started the brighter of the two sides, with the away side edging the early possession of the ball. However, they almost shot themselves in the foot after a poor goal kick fell straight to the Park Villa. Jack Henderson controlled the ball and threads the ball into the path of Darren Green but he was only able to shoot straight into the hands of a grateful Bankies goalkeeper. Clydebank almost found themselves a goal to the good moments later, but after good play from Boffi Bia-bi down the left, his cutback found Callum Davidson who struck the foot of the post, much to the relief of the home side.
However, Clydebank was able to find the break through after 20 minutes. A free kick from ‘Justo’ was flighted into the box and Bia-bi was able to pounce on the knock down and finish. Villa tried to get back on level terms, but couldn’t test goalkeeper Martin Ross. Regan Shearer was able to flick on a long ball from defence, but Sam Smith was only able to fire, and yet again Smith shot wide after good link up play from Shearer and Darren Green. Smith himself almost provided an equaliser, but after good play down the right wing his cross flashed across the face of goal, with only the merest of touches needed. They were almost punished on the stroke of half time when Joe McGinley drifted inside from the left but his eventual shot lacked accuracy and flew wide.
Half Time: Park Villa Under 16s 0-1 Clydebank BFC Under 16s
After the interval, Park Villa needed to up the tempo, but were almost caught after a long ball from the Bankies defence found its way through to Boffi Bia-bi, but after letting the ball bounce, his shot was straight into the keepers hands, with the shot lacking any sort of power and conviction. Callum Davidson also had an opportunity but after opening up his body, his shot was again comfortable for the goalkeeper.
Villa started to take control and after Jack Henderson wasted a good chance from a free kick from the edge of the box, a direct ball from Dylan Lavelle found Regan Shearer but again the keeper came out on top. However, Villa didn’t have to wait long for their next chance, as they were awarded a penalty kick. After hitting the underside of the bar, Clydebank cleared the ball, but the referee adjudged the challenge to be dangerous and awarded a penalty. The Bankies protested as the official gave the foul for high feet, which usually warrants an indirect free kick. After the protests, Conor McAllister stepped up and found the corner of the net to equalise.
At that point, Park Villa was on course to win the title, but it didn’t stop them trying to get the victory. Michael Mulcahy found Brandon Dowie on the right and his cross was punched clear by the keeper but fortunately landed on the top of the net. As the game progressed it became very even, and Clydebank spurned a great opportunity to regain the lead. Boffi Bia-bi was able to twist and turn and cross into the box, but Noel Makombo-Eboma somehow headed wide even though he was in the centre of the six yard box. Then Villa couldn’t take advantage, when a cross from the right was missed by everyone, Michael Mulcahy found the wrong side of the post and the scores stayed level.
Clydebank eventually found the eventual winner through Makombo-Eboma. He was able to pick up the ball on the edge of the box and after finding space his left footed shot hit the inside of the post and trickled over the line, much to the delight of the management and teammates. Bankies could have made the score more comfortable, after Kieran Conlin found Callum Davidson free inside the box and after controlling his shot beat the keeper Kieran McWilliams, but not defender Evans Lamboh who cleared off the line. McWilliams almost became hero, but after going up for a late corner and receiving the second ball from Sam Smith, his shot went high and wide. The Bankies, who were denied a third when Bia-bi fired straight at McWilliams when through on goal, held on and sealed victory in a riveting title decider!
Full Time: Park Villa Under 16s 1-2 Clydebank BFC Under 16s