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North put home advantage to good use against East

SYFA North 2

Connelly 28, Walker 52

SYFA East 1

Hainn 60
  • Sunday, 13 November 2016
  • Garthdee Sports Centre
  • Under 16´s
  • SYFA Inter Regional Cup

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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It was a very overcast day at Garthdee Sports Centre when South East region under 16s made the journey to Aberdeen to face their North counterparts. An exciting game was in prospect with two evenly matched teams battling it out against each other.

Both teams started the game well with good passing football. The game was played on an all weather surface so it was the right type of pitch to play good passing football and even with a bit of drizzle in the sky it was a joy to watch in the opening exchanges of the game.

There was chances for both teams and it wouldn't be long until the 1st goal would be scored. North Region looked the more threatening out of the two teams. South East Region did have a good opportunity though courtesy of a Logan Cunningham free kick which went over the bar.

The opening goal was scored in the 28th minute after a great ball in from Gregor White was met by Westdykes Euan Walker who had an initial shot blocked by the opposition defence before it came to Banks O'Dee Albions James Connelly who rifled the ball into the net past Joe Russell.

It was a cold afternoon for many including the most enthusiastic of people who watch youth football and there was one more chance before the interval for the visitors through Connal Cormack whose effort went over after a 30 yard hit.

North just deserving of their lead at the interval and both teams taking the long walk to the changing rooms at half time to avoid the wind and rain that tropical Aberdeen has to offer.

  • Half Time:
  • SYFA North
  • 1-0
  • SYFA East

The next goal was going to be vital in this game and it was the North region who got it after a great ball got its way into Euan Walkers feet and he guided the ball home to put the North region in comfort control.

South East Region then reduced the deficit after Ross Hainn slotted home past Matthew Buckham after a good move. There was still 20 minutes left in the game and a lot of potential twists and turns to follow.

North Region were keen for a home victory and they had more opportunities to put the game to bed with Rory Brown having a notable chance on goal whose effort went straight at Joe Russell in the away goal. Russell then had another good save to deny Robert Ward.

There was then a few free kick and penalty shouts towards the end which created a bit of controversy for South East Region after they were chasing a vital point however referee Bob Eden turned away the suggestions and the North region tied the game down to win on home soil.

A good competitive game was just what the doctor ordered with the weather that was on display. It was a real joy to watch for the neutral with some good individual players on show.

  • Full Time:
  • SYFA North
  • 2-1
  • SYFA East


SYFA North
1. Matthew Buckham
2. Finlay Wood
3. Gregor White
4. Murray Esson
5. James Connelly
6. Ewan Reid
7. Shaun Spence
8. Euan Walker
9. Greg Pirie
10. Rory Brown
11. Robert Ward
12. Kai Morrison
14. Ryan Lawrence
15. Dylan Grimbley
16. Adam Carter
1. Joe Russell
2. Marco Valente
3. Josh Davies
4. Jay Watson
5. Logan Cunningham
6. Luke Mackie
7. Liam Woods
8. Dylan Nicoll
9. Lewis Galloway
10. Connal Cormack
11. Lewis Crosbie
12. Connor Dewar
14. Luke Smith
15. John Smith
16. Ross Hainn
18. Steven Abbot
19. Reece Redpath
20. Jake Mitchell
21. Declan Morgan
Star Player
SYFA North
James Connelly: Scored the 1st goal and put in an organised and determined performance at the back. If he keeps it up he will go a long way in the game.
Ross Hainn: South East were very unlucky to lose the game with some good individual performances. Ross edges it for me.
Magic Moment
SYFA North
The first goal through James Connelly, great hit.
Ross Hainn's goal, a good move and a good finish.
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