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Lewis United came from a goal down to lift the U17 Trans World Soccer SYFA Cup, beating Rossvale Thistle 2-1 in a fantastic spectacle at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium.
United lined up in a 5-4-1 formation with a back three of Connor Dickie, Barry Smith and Lewis Jopp, while Dylan Leslie was the most attacking forward. For Rossvale, the U16 winners last year, all bar three of this years squad featuring in the match day squad.
With the first chance of the match, Rossvale took the lead. A reversed pass from Jack Crumlish was inch perfect for Adam Martin who slotted home at the second attempt to open the scoring
The Aberdeen side were dealt a blow when, after just seven minutes, Michael Philipson was required from the bench after an injury to their starting eleven.
With just eleven minutes played, Lewis United got themselves back on level terms. Dylan Leslie’s out-swinging free kick was met by the head of the rising Lewis Massn, who’s downward header powered past Graeme Milne in the Rossvale goal.
Marc Lawrence, anchoring the Lewis midfield, was pivotal for the North region side as they looked to stamp their authority on the very open game.
Midway through the first half, the comeback was complete when Richard Binnie put Lewis 2-1 ahead. After a great overlap down the right, the ball fell to Binnie at the edge of the area and his left footed shot flew into the net via the underside of the crossbar as the travelling support went wild.
The lively Leslie was first into referee Matthew Dean’s book, picking up a caution for a shirt pull as the game opened up, with Rossvale choosing to resort to route one football.
With just seconds of the first half remaining, Rossvale stopper Milne was called into action, twice saving at the feet of Binnie as the half time whistle sounded.