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Balgonie beat Kirkcaldy to bag league title

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Kirkcaldy Athletic
Balgonie Scotia
Forsyth 1
Dowie 52


U16 AFYFC Division One
Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy

By Graham Swann
YFS East Region Reporter
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Balgonie Scotia U16s have been crowned champions of the AFYFC Division One after a deserved victory over Kirkcaldy Athletic.

It was a horrible morning weather-wise in Kirkcaldy as the rain threatened to spoil both teams’ style of play.

The visitors knew that three points would see them clinch the league and they could not have started this game any better. The match was less than a minute old when Balgonie grabbed the opening goal of the game. Kirkcaldy did themselves no favours as the defence hesitated when ball was played into the penalty box. Fraser Forsyth took advantage by muscling between the centre backs and he prodded the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.

It was a dream start for Balgonie but gradually Kirkcaldy came back into the match despite that early setback. The rain became more persistent and as a result the game turned somewhat scrappy. There were a fair few strong challenges flying around too, but the referee kept his cards in his pocket.

The visitors almost scored a second goal on 28 minutes. Another defensive mistake allowed Kyle Hendry to run onto a loose pass but he fired his shot wide of the goal.

Half Time: Kirkcaldy Athletic 0-1 Balgonie Scotia

Balgonie kept up the pressure into the second half and five minutes after the restart they won a free kick. Craig Payne floated the ball into the box and onto the head of Hendry who headed the ball towards the six yard box but Kirkcaldy cleared the danger just in time.

On 52 minutes Balgonie made it 2-0 after another defensive error. The ball was delivered in from a free kick and Kirkcaldy goalkeeper Ben Graham rose to collect the ball. However, he dropped the ball and Balgonie’s Kieran Dowie had the easy task of tapping the ball into the empty net. There were claims for a foul on the Kirkcaldy stopper, but the goal stood.

It was Balgonie’s title to lose now as the home side looked for a way back into the game. They were struggling to threaten in the final third though as Balgonie kept pushing for more goals.

Ryan Kelly found himself in a good position on 65 minutes but his effort was pushed wide by Graham.

With ten minutes to go, Kirkcaldy won a free kick in a decent position. Darrell Anthony struck it but his right foot effort was parried wide by the goalkeeper.

As the game neared the end, Balgonie nearly scored a third goal. Ross Paterson and Neil McAllister linked up well and the latter fired a shot on target but he couldn’t beat Graham in the Kirkcaldy goal.

McAllister came close again a minute later. After beating two men with some good skill, he cut inside but his shot was once again comfortably held by the goalkeeper.

The referee blew for full time to signal the start of Balgonie’s celebrations in the rain as they sealed the league title. Kirkcaldy showed some promise but lacked a real cutting edge and were reduced to creating only half chances through set pieces. Balgonie were deserving winners in a match that wasn’t always pretty on the eye. They took advantage of the chances that came their way to seal victory and become league champions.

Full Time: Kirkcaldy Athletic 0-2 Balgonie Scotia


Kirkcaldy Athletic Balgonie Scotia
1. Calvin Carruthers
2. Liam Macduff
3. Ryan Rowan
4. Aiden Sutherland
5. Jack Parsons
6. Jamie Mckay
7. Shane Dempster
8. Marc Forbes
9. Kieran Barclay
10. Mark Milne
11. Darrell Anthony
12. Stuart Filipovic
14. Steven Peggie
15. Robert Bowie
17. Daniel Macgregor 
20. Ben Graham
1. Gregor Nee
3. Craig Payne 
4. Scott Warrender
5. Euan Forsyth
6. Neil McAllister
7. Steven Philp
8. Lee MacKenzie
9. Fraser Forsyth
10. Kyle Hendry
11. Ross Paterson
14. Ryan Kelly
15. Callum Hutchinson
17. Owain Coutts
18. Kyle O'Donnell
19. Kieran Dowie
67. Sean Snaddon
Ryan Rowan had a good game at left back and was very vocal in instructing his team to press forward and keep the ball on the deck.
Kieran Dowie looked comfortable throughout the match and was in the right place at the right time to score his side's second goal which made things more comfortable for Balgonie.
Lee Hendry, coach of Balgonie Scotia, said: "It's been a long hard season but the hard work has paid off. They have been the best team in the league."
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