With a place in the Scottish Cup final at stake, it was a tight game which saw Lewis United Youth secure the win with a 3-1 victory against Syngenta Juveniles. Lewis United’s goal scorers were Barry Smith and Craig Mackie, while Syngenta’s Blair Philips scored their only goal.
Play got underway with Syngenta dominating in the attack. Blair Philips and Dominic Croy set up a nice interchange of passes but Connor Dickie swept in to clear the danger. Yet only minutes later, Croy was on the attack again, beating two defenders to get into the box but his shot hit the side of the net.
Lewis United started to mount their own attacks, with Craig Mackie making several breaks. His shot from the edge of the box on the right hand side hit the side of the net and Syngenta were able to rally their defences.
Croy set up another interchange of passes, this time with Hamish Anderson, but Lewis United defended well and set up a counterattack through Richard Binnie. However Syngenta held their own defence to ensure that they wouldn’t concede any scores.
The play continued end to end as a free kick to Lewis United was taken quickly and Lewis Masson took the ball out wide but the Syngenta defence put pressure on and forced the ball out of play.
Syngenta’s Lewis McArther took a shot from halfway which Lewis United goalkeeper, Reece Duncan, caught. Minutes later, Lewis United were awarded a free kick around 30 yards out. Dylan Leslie’s strike found the box but Mackie’s header sent the ball over the crossbar.
It looked as though Syngenta would open the scoring as a throw in by Croy was well placed to the box but Lewis United cleared the danger and Binnie made ground with the ball, shooting from the edge of the box. However the ball went wide and the score remained unchanged.
Lewis United had a free kick from 60 yards but Syngenta defended well and Croy once again had a chance, beating several defenders, but was unable to find the net.
Leslie and Mackie made a great run, supporting each other, but neither could find the space to shoot. Eventually Marc Lawrence was able to take a shot but Syngenta goalkeeper, Kyle Fullerton, kept it out, with Mackie taking one more shot which sailed wide of the net.
Syngenta responded, putting pressure on the Lewis United defence. Cameron Scott sent it through but Croy couldn’t get to the ball before the defence cleared the danger. They set up another interchange of passes but Dickie was able to intercept and passed to Leslie, who made good yards but couldn’t penetrate the Syngenta defence.
In what was to be the last play of the half, Croy demonstrated great control of the ball and sent it back to Michael Philpson, who shot from 30 yards. He hit the crossbar, sending the ball over the top of the goal and both teams went in at half-time, still waiting to get on the score sheet.