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Five star Bayside storm to Spring Cup glory

Elgin Star 0

Bayside FC 5

McKenzie 5' 49' Dougal 68' Hall 75' McKean 84'
  • Sunday, 07 June 2015
  • Humbug Park
  • Under 17´s
  • Spring Cup

Matthew Sigsworth | YFS Fife Senior Reporter
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Bayside produced a dominant display as they put five goals past Elgin Star in the final of the Spring Cup at Humbug Park on Sunday.

Two goals for Jordan McKenzie were followed by strikes for Ross Dougal, Daniel Hall and Macartan McKean as Bayside eventually ran out comfortable winner.

There were ominous signs early on for Elgin, as Josh Hopkins made good ground on the left before swinging a cross in that just clipped the top of the crossbar on its way to safety.

Elgin did have an early chance of their own as a good delivery from a corner resulted in a header on goal, but the shot was over and posed no threat to Euan Drummond in the Bayside goal.

There was not long to wait for the opening goal, and it was a well-taken finish from McKenzie that supplied it.  A cute ball played him in between the two centre backs, and he showed great composure to toe poke the ball past the onrushing Justin Paton to get his side off to the perfect start.

It could have been two just moments later following a scramble in the Elgin penalty area, as Paton came to meet a ball and collided with his defender, but Bayside were unable to capitalise and the ball was bundled away to safety.

Elgin were struggling to get a foothold in the game, and Bayside enjoyed long periods of possession in the first 45 minutes.

Andrew Gallagher looked dangerous on the right, and he was next to test Paton with a volley from the edge of the area, but it was a comfortable save and the difference remained just one goal.

Gallagher was again involved on the right as he tried to release McKenzie, but he was stopped by some superb defending from Ewan Bell in the Elgin back line.

Bayside were producing some good football in the wide areas, and this time it was McKenzie who whipped a ball in from the left towards Gallagher in the centre, but as he tried to tee up Daniel Johnston for a shot the ball was hoofed clear as Elgin held on.

After weathering a Bayside onslaught for much of the half, Elgin then began to find some rhythm and started to create chances.

First, a long ball towards Ross Watt looked to have freed the forward, but it just would not drop for him and Bayside were able to clear. Then, Watt took aim from outside the area with a fierce shot that looked to have beaten Drummond, but also cleared the crossbar.

Bayside looked dangerous on the counterattack however, and the pace of Gallagher on the right almost undid Elgin, as he raced clear and sent in a good looking cross towards McKenzie, but Paton was able to come off his line and deal with the danger.

Nathan Duncan then almost produced what would have been a magical goal for Elgin, as he danced his way through half the Bayside team before blazing his shot agonisingly over the bar.

With Elgin committing players forward in search of an equaliser, Bayside came close to doubling their lead from another quick counterattack. After seeing a shot blocked the ball fell to Alex Fraser on the edge of the area, who having beaten the stranded Paton with a delicious lob, could only watch on as his effort was headed off the line by Bell.

There was just enough time left in the half for Gallagher to hit the woodwork for Bayside, but at half time an entertaining game was nicely poised at one nil.

  • Half Time:
  • Elgin Star
  • 0-1
  • Bayside FC

Any hope Elgin had of coming back into the game in the second half were quickly put to bed as Bayside came out firing on all cylinders.

First, Josh Hopkins hit the underside of the crossbar with a superb free kick, before the second goal finally arrived courtesy of McKenzie. With the defenders in front of him standing off, he took aim and fired a rocket towards goal, and this time the woodwork was less kind to Elgin as the ball cannoned in off the crossbar.

The second goal did nothing to dampen the Elgin enthusiasm though, and they created their best chance of the game not long after when Watt went on a mazy run into the Bayside penalty area to get face to face with Drummond, but the goalkeeper produced a great save to preserve his clean sheet.

Elgin had another golden opportunity to claw a goal back when Blair Gibson, not for the first time in the match, sent a sumptuous delivery into the box from a free kick, and as Callum Feasby arrived at the near post he looked certain to score, but his stooping header sent the ball the wrong side of the post.

That miss proved to be the catalyst for Bayside to pull away, and they well and truly put the game to bed with three more goals in the last 20 minutes of the match.

Dougal was next on the scoresheet, as he found space in midfield and was able to launch a right-footed shot that arrowed straight into the top corner.

The game was then put beyond any doubt just moments later as Hall pinged a right-footed shot that looked to take a slight deflection on its way into the bottom corner leaving Paton rooted to the spot.

There was enough time left for Bayside to add a fifth, and it was another terrific finish that put the gloss on a good day's work. McKean was released on the left, and was able to send a delicious chip over Paton and that nestled in the far corner as he wheeled away to celebrate with the joyous fans.

There were celebrations for Bayside at the final whistle, while Elgin were left to rue missed opportunities that could have produced a very different story.

  • Full Time:
  • Elgin Star
  • 0-5
  • Bayside FC


Elgin Star
Bayside FC
1. Justin Paton
2. Ewan Bell
3. Jake Beveridge
4. Dermot McElhinney
5. Callum Feasby
6. Blair Gibson
7. Jamie Laidlaw
8. Jamie Bennett
9. Ross Watt
10. Nathan Duncan
11. Callum Burns
12. Ryan Weir
14. Callum Foster
15. Callum McKinnon
16. Kyle Premdergast
17. Elliott Lonie
1. Euan Drummond
2. Alex Fraser
3. Josh Hopkins
4. Jordan Cameron
5. Andrew Carmichael
6. Adam Daly
7. Andrew Gallagher
8. Ross Dougal
9. Ryan McCluskey
10. Daniel Hall
11. Jordan McKenzie
12. Daniel Johnston
14. Macartan McKean
15. Reece Crawford
Star Player
Elgin Star
Bayside FC
Nathan Duncan - Was in electric form and his dribbling skills almost created a magical moment were it not for the finish! Still, a fine performance from the number 10, he will be disappointed to be on the losing side.
Daniel Hall - Picked up the AFYFC man of the match award, and he get's the YFS star player for his side as well. Composed on the ball, a tenacious tackler and with a keen eye for a pass, he even grabbed himself a goal for good measure.
Magic Moment
Elgin Star
Bayside FC
Nathan Duncan's mazy run was something special, and with the score only one nil at the time had it been finished with a goal then who knows what could have happened!
2-0 is a precarious scoreline, and a terrific save from Euan Drummond to deny Ross Watt made sure his side could seal the game without that doubt an Elgin goal would surely have created. Big match, big save, big moment!
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