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Rae strikes late to salvage point for Dundee West

Dundee West FC 3

Clark 29', Fletcher 46', Rae (p) 80+4'

Fairmuir BC 3

R. Flynn 10', 76', Henry 55'
  • Tuesday, 05 September 2017
  • Charlotte Street
  • Under 15´s
  • G Taylor League
Callum Rae’s injury time penalty secured Dundee West a point from a thrilling match with Fairmuir. The back and forth tie swung in Fairmuir’s favour with four minutes of normal time remaining, when Robbie Flynn grabbed his second of the match. But in the fourth minute of injury time, Rae got the equaliser from 12 yards.

These sides met twice in cup competitions last season, with both ties being decided by penalties. Dundee West came out on top on both occasions, and they had the first chance of the match after four minutes. Nick Fletcher won the ball in the Fairmuir box, but saw his effort pushed away by Shaun Watt.

Both sides were cancelling each other out in the opening stages, but Fairmuir landed the first blow after 10 minutes. Morgan Harrow was robbed by Graeme Stewart, who released Robbie Flynn. The striker powered his way into the penalty area, and unleashed a fierce drive past David Boylan into the bottom corner.

Despite being behind, Dundee West were growing into the game. Lewis Hutton saw his snap shot go narrowly wide before Callum Rae cleared Stewart’s goal-bound effort before it could reach the goal line. This would prove to be an important bit of defending from the captain, as five minutes later his side were level.

Fairmuir failed to deal with a corner, and the ball fell to Lee Clark, who stabbed his shot into the net through a crowd of players. It was a scrappy goal, but one that Dundee West deserved.

The remainder of the first half was bereft of clear cut chances as both sets of players tried to assert themselves on the game.
  • Half Time:
  • Dundee West FC
  • 1-1
  • Fairmuir BC
Six minutes into the second half, Dundee West went ahead. Ryley Duncan led the counterattack, and lifted the ball into the path of Fletcher, who sent a superbly hit half volley across Watt into the net.

The lead would prove to be short lived, as Fairmuir equalised nine minutes later. Ruari Henry was fouled by Rae, and the resulting free kick was swung in by Liam Hunt. Henry flicked the ball goalward, and after a slight touch off one of the Dundee West defenders, it ended up in the net.

Despite being pegged back, Dundee West continued to push forward. Watt made a fine save with his feet to deny Godswill Oke, and then kept out Clark’s free kick. The rebound fell to Fletcher, but he shot over under pressure.

Fletcher was sent in behind the Fairmuir defence after 67 minutes, and after a blistering sprint down the right channel, he blasted his shot over the bar. The Dundee West man brought a fine save out of Watt after 72 minutes. His free kick from 20 yards looked to be heading straight for the back of the net, but Watt leapt across his goal to push the ball to safety. 
 
With just four minutes of normal time remaining, a long ball caught the Dundee West defence flat footed. Robbie Flynn was the beneficiary, and he took the ball round Boylan and rolled it into the empty net.
 
Despite only a matter of minutes remaining on the clock, there was plenty of drama to come.

Henry saw his free kick from 20 yards pushed over by Boylan in the last minutes of normal time. Marcel Motyka was given a second yellow card, and Dundee West continued to press for the equaliser. In the fourth minute of injury time, they got their break.

Hunt was penalised for a handball, a harsh decision given the lack of time the Fairmuir man had to react. Rae took the ball and blasted it into the bottom left corner, ensuring that the points were shared.

Both sides will look back on this match as a game they should have taken all three points from. Come the end of the season, both these sides will be at the top of the table, and both may well look back on this match as two points dropped come the end of the campaign.
  • Full Time:
  • Dundee West FC
  • 3-3
  • Fairmuir BC

Lineups

Dundee West FC
Fairmuir BC
1. David Boylan
2. Callum Rae
3. Lee Clark
4. Jude McIntosh
5. Cavan McLaren
6. Brady McGregor
7. Ryley Duncan
9. Luke Miller
11. Lewis Hutton
12. Nick Fletcher
15. Aiden Hutton
16. Ryan Laird
17. Godswill Oke
18. Morgan Harrow
1. Shaun Watt
2. Paddy Boyle
3. Liam Hunt
4. Robbie Flynn
5. Aiden McCann
6. Zain Ferguson
8. Derryn Ferguson
9. Ruari Henry
10. Kai Flynn
11. Marcel Motyka
12. Nairn Macdonald
14. Graeme Stewart
15. Jack Wilkie
16. Mason Anderson
18. Damian Kunc
Star Player
Dundee West FC
Fairmuir BC
Callum Rae - A textbook captains performance from Rae who kept the dangerous Henry quiet, made an important clearance in the first half and sealed a point for his side with the last kick of the ball.
Robbie Flynn - The Fairmuir striker was a real handful for the Dundee West defence. Showed real composure with his two goals and will likely be at the top end of the goalscoring charts this season.
Magic Moment
Dundee West FC
Fairmuir BC
Rae's Goal - Under normal circumstances, Nick Fletcher's goal would take this award but these aren't normal circumstances. As soon as the Dundee West captain grabbed the ball, there was no doubt about the outcome of the resulting spot kick. Great composure under pressure to earn an important point.
Flynn's Second - Excellent composure to sit Boylan down and finish into the empty net. Probably should have been the winning goal, but it wasn't to be.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
Last modified on Thursday, 07 September 2017 11:21
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