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Almighty Bruce delivers Mac Brown Cup for Maryfield United

Maryfield United 9

Bruce 10, 14, 41, 47, Duncan 25, Johnston 32, 43, 46, Patterson 56

Mearns Youth FC 0

  • Sunday, 21 April 2019
  • North End Park
  • Under 14´s
  • Mac Brown Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Four goals from Jamie Bruce helped Maryfield United end their decade long wait for a trophy as they toppled Mearns in the final of the Mac Brown Cup.

A hat trick from Kyle Johnston and strikes from Arran Duncan and Ewan Patterson ensured it was an Easter Sunday to be remembered for Maryfield.

Maryfield came into the game as firm favourites thanks to a 100% record in the Watson McInally League and they saw both Dillon Gurung and Sol Campbell denied by Ian Strachan in the Mearns goal.

The early stages were played predominantly in the Mearns half as Maryfield searched for the opener, which came after 11 minutes when Jamie Bruce headed home Arran Duncan’s corner at the near post.

Bruce wasted no time doubling Maryfield’s advantage as he latched onto a through ball and slotted a shot past Strachan.

Duncan, who provided the opener, went close to adding a third for Maryfield when he cracked a shot off the base of the post before being denied one-on-one by Strachan.

It would be third time lucky for Duncan, who eventually got the better of the impressive Strachan after 25 minutes with a cool chipped finish to put Maryfield three to the good.

Kyle Johnston grabbed Maryfield’s fourth shortly before the break as he fired the ball over Strachan.

Mearns’s best chance of the first half came in injury time as Kyle Reid cross fell to Matthew Brown in the box, but the midfielder lashed the ball over the bar from close range.

  • Half Time:
  • Maryfield United
  • 4-0
  • Mearns Youth FC

Any thoughts of a Mearns comeback in the second half were quickly put to bed as Maryfield found the net four times in six second half minutes.

Bruce completed the perfect hat trick with a smart turn and left foot finish inside the box six minutes into the second period.

A minute later, Nairn Gaffney rattled the crossbar with a shot from the edge of the box, with Johnston on hand to head in the rebound from close range.

Johnston completed his hat trick shortly after when he swept home Gurung’s low cross from six yards.

Bruce took his tally to four when he knocked the ball round Strachan, and despite the Mearns keeper getting a touch on the ball, couldn’t stop the Maryfield man knocking the ball into the empty net.

Gurung was involved in Maryfield’s final goal of the game as he set up Ewan Patterson for a simple finish 14 minutes from time.

Patterson looked to have doubled his tally with a stinging volley moments later, but Strachan was on hand to beat the ball to safety.

  • Full Time:
  • Maryfield United
  • 9-0
  • Mearns Youth FC

Lineups

Maryfield United
Mearns Youth FC
1. Cameron Landsburgh
3. Callum Patterson
4. Kyle Johnston
5. Nairn Gaffney
6. Frankie Hughes
7. Ewan Patterson
8. David Hughes
9. Arran Duncan
10. Jamie Bruce
11. Sol Campbell
14. Ethan Mitchell
16. Callan Lovett
17. Aiden Davidson
18. Dillon Gurang
19. Sam Rowe
20. Kody Nicoll
1. Ian Strachan
2. Angus Riddoch
3. Jake Sinclair
4. Dougal Makepeace
5. Robbie Burnett
6. Thomas Nichols
8. Josh Robertson
9. Kyle Reid
11. Ben Lunn
12. Jack McQueen
14. Matthew Brown
15. Logan Carmichael
17. Artur Pacut
20. Thomas Wishart
21. Ross Akers
Star Player
Maryfield United
Mearns Youth FC
Jamie Bruce - A perfect day for the Maryfield man with his perfect hat trick firing them to cup glory.
Ian Strachan - Despite the score line, the Mearns keeper was in fine form throughout the game and could have done little about any of the goals.
Magic Moment
Maryfield United
Mearns Youth FC
Bruce's First Goal - Maryfield's opener might not have been the most spectacular goal, but it was the most important as is settled any nerves and allowed them to go on and win the cup.
Strachan's save from Campbell - Early in the game the ball broke for Campbell in the box, and while his strike was good, Strachan's save was better.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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