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Quality goals help Lewis overcome tricky Deveronvale test

Lewis United Youth 5

Wilson 25, Cowie 29, McDonald 31, McGinigal 52, McLaren 65

Deveronvale 1

Strachan 55
  • Sunday, 22 February 2015
  • Potterton
  • Under 13´s
  • SoccerWorld League A

Scott McPherson | YFS North Region Journalist
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Lewis United continued their one hundred per cent winning record in the league this season, this time at the expense of Deveronvale. The hosts triumphed 5-1 thanks to goals from Bradley Wilson, Jack Cowie, Caie McDonald, Blair McGinigal and Matthew McLaren. Deveronvale pulled a goal back late on through Jodie Strachan.
The game was a chess match for the opening 10 minutes, with very little to split the two teams. Early on it looked like this game was set for a tight, low scoring affair.
The best chance of the opening proceedings fell to Lewis United’s Bradley Wilson. The ball fell to the striker eight yards from goal but he blasted his half-volley over the bar.
Both teams were making an effort to play the ball out from the back. The full backs of both sides were pulling wide on every goal kick to give their goalkeeper an option other than kicking long.
The tight match was opened up on 25 minutes thanks to a piece of quality from Jack Cowie. His glorious cross from the right eliminated the Deveronvale defence and left Wilson with the simple task of nodding in from a few yards.
Cowie was at it again when he scored himself to make it 2-0 after 29 minutes. His shot from 25 yards beat goalkeeper Logan Golias with the help of a deflection. 
Lewis were buoyant at this point and weren’t afraid to shoot when they got the chance. Right back Caie McDonald strode forward and his cross/shot from 25 yards flew into the top corner giving Golias no chance.
A seemingly tight game had been eradicated by three quality goals.
  • Half Time:
  • Lewis United Youth
  • 3-0
  • Deveronvale
Deveronvale came out fighting in the second period and were unlucky not to score twice shortly after the interval. Good work on two separate occasions by Matthew Smith allowed his captain Caden Beaton to have two shots cleared off the line by the Lewis defence after ‘keeper Jordan Dutch was beaten.
The home side then punished their guests for not taking their chances by making it 4-0. Blair McGinigal’s free kick from the edge of the box beat the wall and the goalkeeper to find the back of the net.
The visitors did eventually get the goal their performance had deserved. A short corner allowed Jodie Strachan to curl in an in-swinging cross which beat everyone and nestled in the far corner of the goal.
Lewis added some gloss to the scoreline a few minutes from time. Good work up the right by Joe Sutherland saw him cut the ball back for fellow substitute Matthew McLaren who swept the ball into the corner from 10 yards.
The victory means Lewis now have six wins from six league games and keep pace with rivals Banks O’Dee Albion. While Deveronvale sit fifth in the table with four victories from nine matches played.
  • Full Time:
  • Lewis United Youth
  • 5-1
  • Deveronvale


Lewis United Youth
1. Grant Middleton
3. Daniel Middler
4. Blair McGinigal
5. Caie McDonald
6. James Gomes
7. Jack Cowie
8. Ben Morrison
9. Jake Horne
10. Bradley Wilson
11. Joshua Gerrard
12. Joe Sutherland
14. Dylan Stoddart
15. Matthew McLaren
16. Stuart Smith
18. Jordan Dutch
1. Logan Golias
2. Austin Mackie
3. Declan Mathieson
4. Kian Mutch
5. Kyle Barclay
6. Flora Bruce
7. Matthew Smith
8. Blair Beaton
9. Neil Gillies
10. Sunny McGrath
11. Caden Beaton
12. Jodie Strachan
14. Cameron Moar
15. Flyn Chisnal
16. Connor Downie
Star Player
Lewis United Youth
Jack Cowie produced two moments of quality to help his side take an all important lead in what had been a close game before his interventions.
Matthew Smith and Sunny McGrath were both lively going forward, but the accolade goes to defender Flora Munro. She worked right across the back line making tackles, interceptions and organising her fellow defenders.
Magic Moment
Lewis United Youth
Caie McDonald's goal to make it 3-0 was not only a brilliant long range strike, but gave his team a comfortable lead going into the interval.
Jodie Strachan's goal was the least Deveronvale deserved from the game.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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