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Record breaker Alcorn fires Pitfour to East Region Cup glory

Blue Brazil 1

J. Reid 47

Pitfour FC 2

Finnie 42, Alcorn 44
  • Tuesday, 05 June 2018
  • The Canniepairt, Tayport
  • Under 15´s
  • East Region Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Ally Acorn’s 74th goal of the season clinched the East Region Cup for Pitfour. The striker’s hat-trick seven days earlier against Monifieth saw him break the club’s record for the most goals scored in a season, and he converted Ben Clos’s cross after Kai Finnie had headed Pitfour in front moments earlier.

Blue Brazil had clinched the Fife Cup 48 hours previous and they had the first chance of the match when the ball was played into Jack Reid at the edge of the box, and he forced Archie Kelly-Barton into an early save with a stinging strike.

Ally Alcorn dispossessed a Blue Brazil defender on the by-line, but he couldn’t hit the target with his effort. Ben Clos should have opened the scoring after four minutes when he met Kai Finnie’s free kick, but the unmarked winger headed wide.

There was nothing between two the two sides which meant clear cut chances were at a premium throughout the first half. Clos darted into the box six minutes before the break and forced Owen Martin into a smart save with his legs.

  • Half Time:
  • Blue Brazil
  • 0-0
  • Pitfour FC

After a cagey first half, Pitfour were nearly ahead in the first minute of the second half. Alcorn latched onto a loose ball, but his effort was cleared by Ben Easton.

The resulting corner was helped back into the box by Ross Cameron and Kai Finnie looped a header over Martin into the net.

Things got better for Pitfour moments later when Clos raced down the right and cut the ball back for Alcorn, who fired a low shot under Martin.

After a lacklustre first half, the game had burst into life in the second half. Kelly-Barton pulled off a fingertip save to keep out CJ Thompson’s free kick. The resulting corner eventually fell back to Jack Reid, whose cross sailed into the back of the net. Whether it was intentional from the Blue Brazil man only he knows, but he handed his side a precious lifeline.

Kelly-Barton was quick off his line to deny Euan Stewart and the ball broke the way of Lee McGill, who lifted the ball over the bar.

Pitfour broke from a corner and after clever play from Alcorn, Clos fired wide. The effects of the long season were beginning to take their toll on both sides as numerous players started going down with cramp.

Alcorn had the chance to settle the tie 13 minutes from time but lifted his shot over the bar. In injury time, Blue Brazil won a free kick 20 yards from goal. Thompson had the responsibility, but saw his effort deflected behind.

Given they had just one day between cup finals, this was a strong showing from Blue Brazil who gave their all but just came up short. They matched Pitfour for the majority of the match but were punished in the first five minutes of the second half. Despite that, this result doesn’t detract from what has been an excellent season from them.

As for Pitfour, this was a case of third time lucky for them after two domestic cup final defeats. There was nothing between the teams, but they took their chances when they arrived and ensured that they finished the season on a high.

It was no surprise that their winning goal was scored by Ally Alcorn, who broke the club’s goal scoring record that stood since 1965. To try and add context to his 74-goal haul, only four clubs in the G Taylor League scored more goals than he did this season.

  • Full Time:
  • Blue Brazil
  • 1-2
  • Pitfour FC

Lineups

Blue Brazil
Pitfour FC
1. Owen Martin
2. Liam McCormack
3. Brandon Smith
4. Ben Easton
5. Owen Reid
7. Lewis Black
8. CJ Thompson
9. Euan Stewart
10. Sean MacNamara
11. Greig Watson
12. Adam Wilson
14. Connor Reid
15. Jack Reid
16. Ethan Bauld
17. Brandon Yorke
1. Archie Kelly-Barton
2. Rory Harrower
3. Dylan Wright
4. Ben Clos
5. Kairn Brand
6. Charlie Edward
7. Ross Cameron
8. Andrew Allan
9. Ethan Thom
10. Oliver Farquharson
11. Matthew Glen
12. Jordan Turnbull
14. Jamie McRae
15. Alistar Alcorn
16. Jacob Edwards
17. Rory Cromwell
18. Kai Finnie
Star Player
Blue Brazil
Pitfour FC
Owen Martin - It was a strong team showing from Blue Brazil, but Martin made a couple of important saves that kept their cup dream alive until the very end.
Ben Clos - The Pitfour winger was at his best once again with his direct running causing Blue Brazil all kinds of problems.
Magic Moment
Blue Brazil
Pitfour FC
Reid's Goal - Was it a cross or was it a shot? Only the Blue Brazil man knows, but it handed his side a valuable lifeline.
Alcorn's Goal - A superb run and cross from Clos to give Alcorn a simple finish.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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