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Moment of magic earns Glenburn narrow victory

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Hurlford B.C. Under 19s
 vs
Glenburn M.W. Under 19s
 
 
 
Competition: West of Scotland Youth Football League
Venue: Richardson Park, Hurlford
Date: 08/04/2012
 
 
 
Author: Ross Mitchell
 
 
 
 
 
 
Third placed Hurlford hosted league leaders Glenburn in a top of the table clash with the home side looking to end Glenburn’s 100% league record this season.  

Hurlford playing in their red strip kicked the game off but it was Glenburn, in blue, who started the better of the two.  An early corner was floated in from the left hand side which allowed and attacker to get a free header which went just wide.  

The away side continued to try and force an early opening goal.  One of their midfielders created some space in the centre of the park around 25 yards out.  He took a left footed shot which was tipped around the post by the Hurlford goalie.  From the resulting corner, similar to their earlier effort, a ball was played to the back post.  The same attacker as from the first corner of the match got free of his man again and won the header, this time cracking the post with his effort.

Hurlford managed their first attack of the game around 25 minutes into the game.  Their striker did well in a crowded box to turn out and was able to lay off his team mate running onto the ball.  The midfielder’s shot was mis-hit and went wide.

Glenburn went back on the attack and with the final noteworthy action of the half went close.  A ball was laid into the path of their striker who was on the right hand side of the box.  The shot was taken first time and hit crisply but Hurlford’s keeper got down well and saved the shot.

At half time the game had been very even.  Hurlford have not produced many clear cut chances but have given Glenburn a good match.  Glenburn have made plenty of chances and should have taken at least one of them during the first 45 minutes.     

Half Time:  Hurlford B.C. 0 – 0 Glenburn M.W.   
 
Glenburn kicked off the second half but within 5 seconds Hurlford had won the ball.  Hurlford’s midfielder drove forward and unleashed a ferocious shot from 35 yards which was very well held by Glenburn’s keeper.

Glenburn won themselves a corner 10 minutes into the second half which was taken from the right hand side.  The ball was drilled in and found its way to the penalty spot where Glenburn had a striker waiting for the ball.  He controlled the ball well but put his shot over the bar.

The next 10 minute period of the game was dominated by set pieces – mainly corners – for both teams which came to nothing. 

Glenburn were able to create a chance from one the corners they forced but it was not taken.  The corner was driven into the area and from around 8 yards out, Glenburn’s attacker flicked a header just wide.

Hurlford responded well and created the first chance from open play in around 15 minutes.  Their midfielder picked the ball up around 20 yards out and was able to cut onto his left foot.  He took a powerful shot which was well saved by Glenburn’s keeper well.

The home side forced a corner which they caused problems in the Glenburn defence with.  The cross came in from the right hand side and was won at the back post by their striker who put his effort just wide.

Glenburn with their next attack were able to take the lead.  The ball was crossed in from the right hand side to the penalty where their attacker controlled the ball very well.  He created space for himself and struck a powerful into the top corner which left the keeper with no chance.

Hurlford responded very well and created a few good chances which could have made the scores level.  A shot came in from around 20 yards out on the right wing.  The keeper could only palm the ball out and Hurlford’s striker was first to react to the rebound.  He slipped as he shot and the ball went wide from inside the 6 yard box.

With the final attack of the game Hurlford should have equalised.  Everyone had pushed forward for a free kick and the ball was played into the back post.  An attacker headed the ball back across goal where their centre back was unmarked, he powered a shot towards a goal but it was straight at the goalkeeper and he saved the attempt.  If the ball was placed a yard either side Hurlford would have scored.

At full time, Glenburn won 1-0 and kept up their 100% in the league this season.  Hurlford had played very well and were a match for the league leaders for the whole game.  They were only undone by a brilliant piece of skill which was the away side’s goal.   

Full Time:  Hurlford B.C. 0 – 1 Glenburn M.W.
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