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Syngenta pip Glenboig to secure semi final spot

Syngenta Juveniles 1

Croy 33

Glenboig United 0

  • Sunday, 01 February 2015
  • Little Kerse 3G
  • Under 17´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup - Quarter Final

Liam Dickson | YFS Central Region Journalist

Dominic Croy’s first half strike was enough to see Syngenta Juveniles overcome Glenboig United in a tense and fiery Scottish Cup Quarter Final at Little Kerse.
His goal proved to be the decisive moment in a match in which both Goalkeepers were called into action on numerous occasions.
Right from the off, both teams showed their intent to go out and win the match; a long range Croy effort fizzed just over Glenboig ‘keeper James Whyte’s crossbar whilst his opposite number Kyle Fullerton had to be quick to clear his lines as attackers Thomas Cochrane and Paul Archibald put him under pressure.
The rest of the first half continued in much the same vein with Syngenta creating the clearer goal scoring opportunities, but Glenboig continued to look extremely dangerous on the counter – particularly through the pacey Cochrane. If it wasn’t for the exceptional defending of Blair Philips in particular, then Glenboig surely would have threatened Fullerton’s goal on more occasions.
For Syngenta, Scott Munro thought he had scored when he slotted the ball past the outrushing Whyte but his effort was hooked off the line by a last ditch clearance. Defender Jack Henderson also came close when he headed just over from a free kick.
Eventually, indecisiveness at the heart of Glenboig’s defence allowed Croy to dispossess the defender and nip in to score low at the near post in what proved to be the match’s most vital moment.
Glenboig’s heads didn’t drop though; just minutes later a fantastic moment of individual brilliance from Declan Gallagher saw him bring the ball down, beat a man and play in Cochrane over the top. Despite being through on goal, the bouncing ball wouldn’t sit down for him and as a result he couldn’t keep his first time effort under the crossbar. 
  • Half Time:
  • Syngenta Juveniles
  • 1-0
  • Glenboig United
The second half was just as open as the first although a string of niggly fouls did nothing to help the rhythm of either team.
For the most part, Syngenta restricted Glenboig’s search for an equaliser to a series of long range efforts that missed the target or failed to trouble Fullerton - although he had to be quick off his line to tip away a looping Archibald header as he bore down on goal.
At the other end, an inviting low cross from Munro was only inches away from connecting with incoming Hamish Anderson whilst Croy chased down and blocked an attempted clearance from Whyte which resulted in the ball being cleared off the line during a scramble.
The match appeared to be petering out before some great play from Glenboig produced a heroic and tie-winning double save from Fullerton, firstly blocking a powerful Archibald shot from the edge of the box before somehow raising his right arm to tip the rebound over from close range.
It set up a frantic finish as Glenboig threw everything at Syngenta in an effort to force extra time but, to the relief of the home players and their support, the referees whistle brought an end to the match with their clean sheet intact.
  • Full Time:
  • Syngenta Juveniles
  • 1-0
  • Glenboig United


Syngenta Juveniles
Glenboig United
1. Kyle Fullerton
2. Blair Philips
3. Jordan McKean
4. Jack Henderson
6. Ryan Laidlaw
7. Michael Ross
8. Dominic Croy
9. Lewis Mcarthur
10. Cameron Scott
11. Scott Munro
12. Liam Dillon
14. Hamish Anderson
15. Lucas Dinis
17. William Picken
1. James Whyte
2. Calvin Townsley
3. Gavin Millar
4. Scott Schoneville
5. Anthony McGlone
6. Christopher McKerron
7. Thomas Cochrane
8. Declan Gallagher
9. Paul Archibald
10. Michael Gray
11. Mitchell Robertson
15. Andrew Chrystal
16. Jack Fulton
18. Aaron Neil
19. Robbie Stewart
Star Player
Syngenta Juveniles
Glenboig United
Although Dominic Croy was a threat all afternoon, Blair Philips was the standout player at the back
Thomas Cochrane never gave the Syngenta defence a moment’s peace as he ran tirelessly
Magic Moment
Syngenta Juveniles
Glenboig United
The tenacity shown by Dominic Croy to dispossess the Glenboig defence and send Syngenta into the Semi-Finals
Declan Gallagher’s fantastic piece of skill in the middle of the park to bring down the ball and play in his teammate for Glenboig’s best chance of the first half
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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