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Drysdale strike clinches East Region Cup for Pitfour

Glenrothes Athletic 1

Forest 30

Pitfour FC 2

Pollock 3, Drysdale 72
  • Glenrothes Athletic 1-2 Pitfour FC (AET)
  • Tuesday, 29 May 2018
  • The Canniepairt
  • Under 13´s
  • East Region Cup

Andrew Creegan

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Thomas Drysdale’s extra time strike secured Pitfour the East Region Cup. Brodie Pollock gave Pitfour an early lead, but Calum Forest headed Glenrothes level before the break.

It was a first cup final for both these sides, and it was Glenrothes that had the first chance of the game through Finlay Shearer, but Ewan Moncrieff was equal to his free kick in the opening minute.

Pitfour won a free kick on the left of the box and it would prove to be the source of the opening goal as Brodie Pollock stepped up and curled the free kick over Dylan Fleming into the net.

Having made the ideal start to the match, Pitfour were knocking the ball about in a manner far ahead of their years. Pollock was released down the right but saw Fleming keep out his effort.

Despite their dominance in the opening 20 minutes, Glenrothes were forcing their way into the tie, and were rewarded with a deserved equaliser five minutes before the break when Calum Forest headed Ryan Heatherill’s corner past Ewan Moncrieff.

Shearer tested the Pitfour stopper with a strike from 20 yards, but the sides went off level at the break.

  • Half Time:
  • Glenrothes Athletic
  • 1-1
  • Pitfour FC

The first chance of the second half went Pitfour’s way when a corner fell to Connor Scott, but he could only volley the ball over the bar.

At the other end, Shearer was fouled by Marcus McLaren and the resulting free kick was curled against the crossbar by Heatherill. The midfielder tested Ewan Moncrieff with a long-range effort moments later as Glenrothes looked to take the lead.

The game was beginning to open up as both sides looked to go ahead, and Pitfour’s Lewis Anderson nearly benefited when he was slipped in down the left, but Fleming made a smart save with his feet to deny the winger.

Anderson was denied by Fleming once again shortly after before Pollock smashed the ball into the side netting with what proved to be the last chance of normal time.

  • Full Time:
  • Glenrothes Athletic
  • 1-1
  • Pitfour FC
As they did in the first half of normal time, Pitfour found the net early in the first half of injury time. The ball fell to Thomas Drysdale at the edge of the box after a surging run from Euan West, and he drilled a shot past the diving Fleming to give Pitfour the lead.

Glenrothes continued to throw everything they had at Pitfour, but the effects of nearly 90 minutes of football were clear to see as they were unable to test Ewan Moncrieff in the Pitfour goal.

This was a case of so near yet so far for Glenrothes who, after a difficult start to the match, were more than a match for Pitfour. For their first cup final, this was an incredibly mature performance from them as they put on an excellent display of football.

On another day, Ryan Heatherill’s free kick might have found the top corner rather than the woodwork and it may have been them lifting the cup, but one thing that is for sure is that this won’t be their last cup final.

As for Pitfour, this was the perfect end to a strong first season at 11-a-side football for them. Some of the football they played was a joy to watch and was even more remarkable given it was their first cup final.

When Glenrothes began to take the game to them, they showed tremendous character and kept playing their passing football. Next season they will be one of at least four teams that fancy themselves for the DDYFA titles and this showing proves that on their day, they are a match for anyone.

Final Result: Glenrothes Athletic 1-2 Pitfour FC (AET)

Lineups

Glenrothes Athletic
Pitfour FC
1. Dylan Fleming
2. Mathew Johnstone
3. Barryjoe Spears
4. David Cummings
5. Kieran Crumpton
6. Harry Turner
7. Calum Forest
8. Ryan Heatherill
9. Finlay Shearer
10. Louis Patrick
11. Callum Husband
12. Ryan MacFarlane
14. Calum Oniel
16. Leon Keddie
17. Jamie Lyon
1. Ewan Moncrieff
2. Thomas Finnigan
4. Adam Leese
5. Connor Scott
7. Brodie Pollock
8. Cole Dewar
9. Lewis Anderson
10. Charlie Milne
11. Thomas Drysdale
12. Denim Clark
14. Marcus McLaren
16. Finlay Moncrieff
17. Euan West
18. Charlie Scott
19. Niall Crole
20. Ethan Forber
Star Player
Glenrothes Athletic
Pitfour FC
Calum Forest - The Glenrothes captain led by example throughout the match with his never say die attitude epitomising his team's performance.
Lewis Anderson - The Pitfour winger was full of drive and guile down the left hand side with his direct running and quick passing causing Glenrothes plenty of problems.
Magic Moment
Glenrothes Athletic
Pitfour FC
Forest's Goal - A textbook header from the captain to bring his side level.
Drysdale's Goal - A composed strike from the Pitfour man to win his side the cup.
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