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Glenburn progress in dramatic semi final match

Written by  Craig Peck
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Hurlford BC Under 19s
Glenburn MW Under 19s
Competition: President's Cup - Semi Final
Venue: Hurlford
Date: 25/03/2012
On a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon in Ayrshire, two strong sides from the West of Scotland Youth Football League squared up at Hurlford in the semi final of the President's Cup.
Hurlford started the game strongly, as it was basically their last chance of winning a trophy this campaign, and took the lead early on through a 25 yard free kick, which was struck poorly but bobbled over the outstretched hands of the Glenburn goalkeeper. Hurlford 1 Glenburn MW 0.
This sparked Glenburn into life, with some great football and dominance to follow, but lacking the crucial final ball. Hurlford looked dangerous on the counter, but Glenburn's defence stood firm. This pattern continued, with Glenburn continuing to flex their muscles with no final product until Hurlford broke up the park once again, and gaining a free kick in a similar position to which they scored their previous effort from. Hurlford squandered the free kick, but the ball broke favourably for their right back who was then tackled heavily by the same Glenburn player who was swiftly shown a second yellow card, and that was Glenburn down to 10 men.
As the first half wore on, Hurlford failed to take advantage of their extra man and it was Glenburn who looked the most likely to score. Around 35 minutes in, a corner was taken and eventually stabbed into the roof of the net by the Glenburn number 2. Hurlford 1 Glenburn MW 1.
The game then descended into a poor, scrappy affair for the remainder of the first half, which finished all square.
Half Time: Hurlford BC Under 19s 1-1 Glenburn MW Under 19s
Both teams came out firing at the beginning of the second half, with Glenburn squandering many chances to take the lead, even though they had a man less. Their reliable number 5 missed a penalty early on in the second half after a heavy challenge from the Hurlford keeper on the Glenburn number 9, with the keeper luckily escaping with only a yellow card.
However, the flash point of the second half came at roughly the 60 minute mark when Hurlford's centre back went down with a head knock, claiming an elbow from Glenburn's 27 goal striker. He lay on the ground for a short period of time, with the referee failing to stop play, and when the referee finally checked to see if he was OK, the Hurlford defender was shown a straight red card for verbally abusing the experienced official.
Neither side created any clear cut chances for the remainder of the game, which was scrappy and competitive but lacked the killer final ball from both sides.
After 90 minutes the score remained Hurlford 1 Glenburn MW 1.
Full Time: Hurlford BC Under 19s 1-1 Glenburn MW Under 19s 
Straight from kick off in the first period of extra time, Glenburn hit the Hurlford crossbar from a speculative effort from their number 7, looking to add to his afternoon's tally. Following that effort, Glenburn went on to dominate possession but with no real chances being created it was a similar story for the side from Prestwick who lacked the crucial cutting edge. 
As the half wore on, Hurlford started to regain a foothold in the game and went ahead through a good finish from their number 11 after a scuffed shot fell favourably to him. Hurlford 2 Glenburn MW 1.
The Glenburn players were stunned, and went on to dominate the remainder of the half, narrowly missing the target on several occasions. They eventually equalised with around 5 minutes to go through a well placed shot from their number 7, a recent acquisition from Ayr United.
The second period of extra time begun in a similar vein to the first period. However, Glenburn won more corners and were looking more and more likely as time passed, with some great corners being swung into the box. On two seperate occasions, Glenburn players spurned glorious opportunities to kill the game off, firstly with their substitute and number 16 blazing over from around the penalty spot, then their number 11 failing to connect with the ball on the Hurlford goal line. 
Glenburn failed to make their dominance count and were reduced to nine men when their number 7 got a second yellow for tugging the shirt of a Hurlford player, much to his and the Glenburn touchline's dismay.
Despite being down to nine, Glenburn continued to dig deep and were rewarded 6 minutes from time when their number 11 made up for his earlier miss to seal the win! He received a second yellow for his celebrations, and Glenburn were reduced to EIGHT men!
Hurlford rallied, they created a few half chances, but Glenburn hung on for the win which sees them through to their second cup final of the season.
Final Result: Hurlford BC Under 19s 2-3 Glenburn MW Under 19s (AET)
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