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Gibson treble gets East Craigie Swifts off to perfect start

East Craigie Swifts 4

Gardener 3', Gibson 9', 56', 71'

Arbroath BC 1

Cairns 43'
  • Sunday, 21 August 2016
  • Craigie Park
  • Under 16´s
  • Maryfield League

Andrew Creegan

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East Craigie Swifts got the new season off the perfect start with a 4-1 victory against Arbroath at Craigie Park. The hosts managed to go through the entire league campaign unbeaten last season, winning 18 games out of 18, and were 2-0 up inside 10 minutes’ courtesy of goals from Keir Gardener and Leon Gibson. Arbroath halved the deficit early in the second half but Gibson would go on to find the net twice more in the second half and secure all 3 points.
East Craigie started the game on the front foot, with Arbroath keeper Arran Lyall tipped away Jordan Conway’s low effort after just 40 seconds. It wouldn’t take long for the hosts to open the scoring. A low cross fell at the feet of Keir Gardener, who sent a well struck effort curling past Lyall after 3 minutes.
The early pressure on the Arbroath goal continued as Conway sent a strike just wide of the goal from the top of the box. Cameron Christie was next to try his luck but his effort was saved by Lyall. However, the consistent pressure was about to tell.
With 9 minutes played Christie picked out Leon Gibson on the left hand side of the penalty area. The striker stepped inside the defender and showed excellent composure too slot the ball under Lyall and double his sides lead. It was a nightmare start for Arbroath who were struggling to get out of their own half due to the relentless pressure.
Christie was continuing to cause Arbroath problems. This time the midfielder played a neat one-two with Gardner but Lyall managed to smother the midfielders shot. Half way through the half, Arbroath made a double change that saw Alex Martin and Cameron Meldrum replace Ben Sellars and Ryan Napier.
This change seemed to spark the visitors into life and they started to put East Craigie under some pressure. After a series of corners Argyle Cairns managed to get a shot away, but his effort was blocked before it could trouble the goalkeeper.
Cairns would have Arbroath’s best chance of the half on the half hour mark. Calvin Wood’s delivery from the wing landed at the feet of Cairns, but his effort on the turn was wide of the mark.
As the half time break approached the game opened up. East Craigie’s Brandon Black sent on a cross from the right that hit the crossbar before going out of play. From this, Arbroath went up the other end of the pitch and nearly scored.
The impressive Cairns managed to get Brandon Prouse in behind and he picked out Craig Tosh. His effort was well blocked by the recovering Aidan Mcirvine. The half ended with Arbroath improving, but still trailing by two goals to nil.
  • Half Time:
  • East Craigie Swifts
  • 2-0
  • Arbroath BC
Whatever the Arbroath manager said in the dressing room at half time, it worked. The visitors started brightly with Meldrum cutting the ball back towards Tosh, but he failed to make a proper contact with the ball, allowing East Craigie goalkeeper Charlie Kennedy too scoop the ball up and clear.
With 43 minutes gone, Arbroath would get the goal that their improved performance had merited. Following a hand-ball, the visitors were awarded a free kick 30 yards from goal. Cairns stepped up and curled the ball into the top left corner of the net, a goal that he and his team’s performance deserved.
With Arbroath now back in the game, East Craigie knew that they had to respond. Conway’s cross picked out an unmarked Gardener, but the forward couldn’t divert his header into the empty net.
Despite Arbroath’s improvement, the fourth goal of the game went East Craigie’s way after 56 minutes. A moment to forget for Lyall who sent his clearance straight into Gardener. The ball bounced and spun into the path of Gibson, who nodded the ball into the empty net.
This was a tough one for Arbroath to take but they continued to press. Matthew Robbie forced Kennedy into a fine save with his effort from the top of the box after 65 minutes. Six minutes later, Gibson would complete his hat-trick. Gibson got on the end of a well weighted pass from Ewan Faulkner and slotted the ball under Lyall.
Despite the result, there will be plenty of positives for Arbroath too take from this game. If not for an unfortunate mistake by Lyall, who apart from that was solid, they may have found an equaliser and perhaps taken something from the game against a very good team. East Craigie on the other hand will know that they can play better than today, but carrying their form from last season into this season was important and it is clear that they will be up at the top of the table come the end of the season.
  • Full Time:
  • East Craigie Swifts
  • 4-1
  • Arbroath BC


East Craigie Swifts
Arbroath BC
1. Charlie Kennedy
2. Aidan Mcirvine
3. Brandon Donnelly
4. Rhys Beattie
5. Leon Gibson
6. Euan Fallon
7. Ethan Bannon
8. Max Flucker
9. Jordan Conway
10. Brandon Black
11. Ewan Faulkner
15. Cameron Christie
17. Ethan Coupar
33. Connal Cormack
88. Keir Gardener
99. Josh Mclaughlin
111. Daniel Edelstone
1. Arran Lyall
2. Matthew Robbie
4. Alex Martin
5. Lewis Greig
6. Calvin Wood
7. Argyle Cairns
8. Ben Sellars
9. Ryan Corbitt
10. Ryan Nappier
11. Max Duff
12. Morgan Buick
14. Brandon Prouse
15. Fraser Fair
16. Craig Tosh
17. Cameron Meldrum
Star Player
East Craigie Swifts
Arbroath BC
Leon Gibson – The perfect way to start the season for the East Craigie frontman. Late goals wrapped up the match when Arbroath were looking like getting a second goal.
Argyle Cairns – Unfortunate to be on the losing side today. Put in a good shift up front and on the wing and scored a stunning free kick.
Magic Moment
East Craigie Swifts
Arbroath BC
Gardener’s Goal – A composed finish that got his team off to the perfect start.
Cairn’s Free Kick – A wonderful goal that gave his teammates the belief they could get something out of the game, and on another day, they may well have.
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