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Currie Star deservedly progress at the expense of Arthurlie Juniors

Currie Star F.C 2

Lazim (25) Kane (89)

Arthurlie Juniors F.C 0

  • Saturday, 25 October 2014
  • Meggetland Sports Complex
  • Under 17´s
  • Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup
A tight affair saw Currie star  deservedly advance into the next round of the Scottish Cup, after defeating a battling Arthurlie Juniors side. A ferocious wind swept across the Meggetland pitch, which hindered both teams attempt to play football in a match of few clear cut chances.
The home side started the brighter looking more assured in possession than their West coast counterparts, and they were first to threaten. The impressive Daniel Jardine, who was ubiquitous in all things positive for Currie, threaded an intelligent through ball for the lively Arran Singh, however the striker was well marshalled by the Arthurlie defence as he advanced on goal, who recovered well to avert the danger.
Despite Currie imposing themselves on the game it was Arthurlie who registered the first shot of the tie. Their battling captain Kyle Harte won the ball in midfield before releasing Callum Hunter in the inside right channel, despite being forced wide the striker managed to get a shot away however his cross come shot from the right hand side of the box sailed wide, abeited by the blustery conditions. 
Currie continued to be the ascendants in the tie however, the aforementioned Jardine was the architect once more. His neat through ball again found the intelligent and well timed run of SIngh, however this time the striker was forced wide and the resulting effort from the left hand side of the box was gather comfortably by Cameron Craig in the visiting goal. 
Singh was found in behind again this time in the inside right channel, as the energetic stirker made his way towards goal, he was caught in possession by a measured tackle. This only succeeded in prodding the ball in the direction of Singhs on rushing strike partner Samer Lazim who had looked equally dangerous thus far, providing a dangerous amalgamation of pace power & skill.  His right footed effort though was well saved by Craig, 
Lazim was not to be denied for long though, shortly afterwards he opened the scoring in this tight affair. Dominic Kane burst down the right flank before hitting the byline and delivering a precise cut back for Lazim, who made no mistake dispatching a right footed effort with authority past the helpless Craig giving his side a warranted advantage.
The goal did not immediately alter the flow of the game, as Currie continued to press. This time Lazim cut in from the right hand side before finding Calum McDonald who in turn fed Singh, however he could only send the resulting shot over the bar. 
Arthurlie became more apparent as an attacking force as the half wore on , without creating any guilt edged chances. After Ross Gordon had won a corner on the right hand side, the ball was delivered into the back post. Currie dealt with the danger routinely,  before the clearance found Harte on the edge of the area and after his initial attempt was blocked the midfielder let fly again with a right footed volley but it didn’t trouble Callum Thompson in the Currie goal, as the ball sailed over.
The opening 45 meandered towards half time, with the home side still looking the more potent in attack, however goalmouth action became harder to come by in the swirling gale.
Arthurlie had a succession of corners before the interval, but could not find a route to goal as the half time whistle sounded. Currie would have been satisfied with their work so far, leaving Arthurlie to try and devise a way to breach the home sides defence after the interval.
  • Half Time:
  • Currie Star F.C
  • 1-0
  • Arthurlie Juniors F.C
Currie were the first to threaten in a more turgid second half. Jake Henderson found Domenico Pacitti in behind on the left wing, who delivered a low cross into the danger zone. Singh was to be the recipient however he could only curl a left footed effort over the top from 10 yards. 
The second half continued in the same vein as the first, with Currie looking sharper in the final third, and Arthurlie still lacking ideas in the attacking department. 
Arthurlie captain Harte continued to try and drive his men forward. he broke with determination down the right for the away side, before attempting a attempting a cross/shot, which landed on the roof of the net. 
Declan McWilliams then had a long range effort at goal for the visitors. After a spirited burst down the left flank, he came inside before dragging a left footed effort wide of the target. 
The second half wore own, with Arthurlie trying to impose themselves on the game, buoyed by the fact there was just a goal in it. This spirit and determination didn’t immediately succeed in cultivating an equaliser however, as Currie nearly doubled their visitors arrears.
Jardine was again the creator, feeding another beautifully weighted through ball, this time the recipient was Donnie Campbell. He proceeded to skip past the oncoming Craig in the away goal, but simultaneously pushed himself wide & the resulting effort found the side netting, 
Arthurlie chances of grabbing an equaliser were lessened as the match entered the final stages. The referee adjudged Scott Young of raising an arm, punishing the striker with a straight red card; a decision hotly disputed by the visiting bench. 
The away side continued to press despite their numerical disadvantage, however could not find the opening they so desperately craved. As they went on the search for the equaliser, pushing an extra man forward they succumbed to conceding a second goal.
The auspicious tactic of utilising the pace of Lazim in behind was to be the catalyst for the killer second. After receiving a great ball from Dominic Kane, the striker advanced on the keeper before rolling an effort round Craig towards the gaping net, Kane had followed up to apply the finishing touch ensuring his teams advantage was doubled, and confirming Curries progress into the next round. It appeared Kane may have been in an offside position before scoring, frustrating an already agitated away bench. 
This was to be the last noteworthy action of the game as the final whistle sounded. In the end it was a deserved victory for Currie who had the guile to breach the Arthurlie defence, whilst remaining resolute at the back despite some spirited attacks from the away side.  Arthurlie cannot be faulted for their effort, they approached the game with alacrity however this wasn’t to be enough to culminate an all important goal.
  • Full Time:
  • Currie Star F.C
  • 2-0
  • Arthurlie Juniors F.C


Currie Star F.C
Arthurlie Juniors F.C

1 Callum Thompson.
2. Callum Brown
3. Domenico Pacitti
4. Jackson Barker
5. Jack Blaney
7. Daniel Jardine
8. Calum McDonald
9. Dominic Kane
10. Arran Singh
11. Sean Watt
12. Phillip Blaney
14. Jake Henderson
15. Aidan Quinn
17.Donnie Campbell

19. Samer Lazim

45. Liam Boath

1. Cameron Craig
2. Matthew McGuiness
3. Jonathon Gent
4. Jack Duffy
5. Scott McKinlay
6. Declan McWilliams
7. Ross Gordon
8. Kyle Harte
9. Scott Young

12. Ross Wood

10. Callum Hunter 
14. Sam Garner
16. Dean Inglis

Star Player
Currie Star F.C
Arthurlie Juniors F.C
Daniel Jardine - A class above in the centre of the park today, had the ability and confidence tovreceive the ball in tight areas, as well as executing a multitude of excellent through balls. Top midfield display.
Sam Garner - May not have had the same impact as Jaridne in the centre of midfield, but if their was going to be anyone who found a killer pass for the visitors it was Garner.
Magic Moment
Currie Star F.C
Arthurlie Juniors F.C
Lazims authoritative finish to open the scoring, set his team on the way to victory,
Kyle Hartes volley from outside the box was struck well and on another day may have found the net.
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