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Crosshouse BC under 15s were crowned champions of the SYFA Trans World Soccer Youth Cup Final with a dramatic late victory over Renfrew Victoria at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium. A last gasp winner by Connor Smith sealed the victory for the Ayrshire side in a thrilling contest.
Renfrew Victoria started the better side and were soon on the attack; Ben Harwood broke free from his marker and unleashed a shot from twenty yards out but the ball was well held by Jamie Wilson in the Crosshouse goal.
Crosshouse were next to test the opposing goalkeeper fifteen minutes into the match; the ball was played into Robbie Laidlaw in the box but the midfielder’s glancing header was well saved by the goalkeeper.
Despite Renfrew’s strong start, Crosshouse began to command the match and took the lead twenty-five minutes in; a corner was played into the box and Connor Smith rose above his marker to score from a few yards out.
Almost instantly Renfrew were on the attack; following a monstrous punt down the park by goalkeeper Aaron McKissock, forward Harwood latched onto the ball and poke the shot towards goal but the ball came crashing off the post and Crosshouse maintained their lead.
Despite the missed chance, Renfrew took the lead a few minutes later; Craig Corbett picked up the ball and slotted a pass through to Lennon Houston who expertly finished under the keeper’s legs, much to the delight of the travelling Renfrew fans.
Renfrew seemed to be on the ascendency but were pinned back immediately and found themselves behind again at half time; forward player Jordan Mason launched the ball into the box and Smith rose, once again, to header the ball into the corner of the net.
The first half was then brought to a close and both sides went into the break with a very good chance to claim victory in the cup final.