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Fife ease to victory over SISFA in National Trophy

Scottish Independent Schools FA 0

Fife Schools FA 3

Kay 10, Todd 53, Milne 55
  • Wednesday, 25 October 2017
  • Saughton 3G
  • Under 18´s
  • SSFA National Trophy - Group B
Goals from Fife’s Skipper Harris Kay, Matthew Todd and Hamish Milne saw maximum points go to the visitors in the SSFA National Trophy group B tie. Powered on by an influential performance by Matthew Todd, Fife picked up their second win out of as many games in Group B.
Independent began this tie the brighter of the two sides and for the opening 5 minutes had Fife camped inside their own half. This early pressure was almost rewarded when Sam Walker’s delivery from the corner flag was met at the front post by Chris Stafford but a last-ditch block from Harris Kay ensured the score remained 0-0. After riding the storm of the opening few minutes, the Fife midfield began to make their presence felt with Matthew Todd helping link midfield and attack. Fife continued to pile on the pressure with Ryan Connelly looking lively up front, winning his side their first corner of the game after 11 minutes. Todd swung the ball into the box and it was met by the head of Captain Harris Kay to give the Fife side a 1-0 lead.
Fife came close to doubling their lead when Ross Cuthbert dispossessed Max Bendle inside the Independent box but Scott Robeson was out quickly to produce a smart save.
Independent began to battle back and after 17 minutes Sam Walker was brought down at the edge of the box following some good passing and footwork. But, Walker’s shot from the free kick was saved comfortably by Craig Richardson in the Fife net.
Independent continued to drive forward in search of an equaliser and following some close control Cameron Dow worked himself some space at the edge of the area and produced a great driven effort matched by a smart save from Richardson, but he could only parry the ball into the path of Sam Walker who was already beginning to wheel away in celebration as he watched Richardson come out of nowhere to produce a phenomenal diving save to keep his team in front.
After 30 minutes, Fife appeared to be winning the midfield battle and following some more quick passing Lewis Crosbie slipped in Connelly who done well to beat his man but his low shot across goal failed to trouble Robeson.
Crosbie was once again in amongst the action when he was taken out by Chris Mullen near the side line following some good footwork. The resulting free-kick was played deep into the box by Matthew Todd and the ball was met by the high-rising Ross Cuthbert who could only direct his header over the bar.
As the first half drew to a close, Fife had one more chance to extend their lead as Todd’s shot for outside the box was deflected into the path of Lewis Crosbie whose low effort from 8 yards drifted inches past the post.
  • Half Time:
  • Scottish Independent Schools FA
  • 0-1
  • Fife Schools FA
Independent kicked off and the second half was underway, there was an early chance for Fife as a misplaced pass found Ross Cuthbert 25 yards out on the left side, his long shot was over the keeper’s head but landed wide of the goal. Goal kick Independent. 
Independent were coming more in to the game after half time but they found their deficit doubled after Matthew Todd catches the keeper off his line and chips him from 25 yards. Fantastic awareness from Todd. 2-0 Fife after 53 minutes.
Straight from kick off Independent were on the attack with Christian Graham taking it past three men down the left side taking inside on his right and hitting it high and over the bar from a difficult angle. Promising attack from the orange and black side. 
Fife were quickly back on the attack with Darren Ormiston but he was fouled by Independent’s Nathan Brown. Free kick to Fife, The ball played was a dangerous one looking like it was going in but it was saved well down to his left by Robeson but the ball falls to Hamish Milne in space for him smash the ball past the keeper into the back of the net. 3-0 Fife with 55 Minutes gone.
Straight away Fife were back looking for their 4th goal, Matthew Todd took the shot from the edge of the box but it was comfortably pushed over the bar by Scott Robeson. The corner was cleared but Todd found himself on the ball again on the edge of the centre circle. Todd took a touch out and played a fantastic through ball to put Lewis Sawers one-on-one with the ‘keeper but the linesman flagged for offside. 
Max Bendle was the first player of the match to be booked for tugging Lewis Crosbie on the left wing. The free kick was played in to Darren Ormiston who took it into the left side of the 6 yard box but Nathan Brown made a very good last ditch block to deny Fife their 4th goal of the evening.
Shortly after Independent won a free kick and Ryan McCarthy Lee was booked for kicking the ball away. The ball was then played into the box from the centre circle and was headed away by strongly McCarthy. 
Independent had their best chance of the game when Sam Walker played a beautiful ball into the box but Cameron Murray hit it just wide on the volley. A fantastic cross that deserved a goal at the end of it. 
The closing 10 minutes saw continued pressure from Independent forcing a decent save from Craig Richardson down to his left side. The ball was played right back in and falls to a defender but his volleyed clearance was sliced high and towards his own net, the ball was cleared off the line and out for a corner. The corner comes to nothing but independent won a free kick minutes later. Sam Walker struck the ball sweetly over the wall and on to the underside of the bar, Independent players called for a goal but the ball did not cross the line. It remained 3-0 Fife. 
  • Full Time:
  • Scottish Independent Schools FA
  • 0-3
  • Fife Schools FA


Scottish Independent Schools FA
Fife Schools FA
1 Craig Richardson
2 Gregor Jordan
3 Kyle Walls
4 Harris Kay
5 Hamish Milne
6 Ryan McCarthy Lee
8 Ross Hain
9 Ryan Connelly
10 Matthew Todd
11 Lewis Sawers
12 Ross Cuthbert
13 Cairn Dow
15 Lewis Crosbie
17 Darren Ormiston
1 Scott Robeson
2 Chris Stafford
4 Nathan Brown
5 Dino Leddie
6 Max Bendle
7 Cameron Murray
8 Cameron Dow
9 Sam Donachie
10 Robbie Davidson
11 Sam Newman
12 Sam Walker
14 Ben Reilly
15 Christian Graham
Star Player
Scottish Independent Schools FA
Fife Schools FA
Sam Walker was SISFA's danger player throughout the match and he showed this with a fantastic cross to Murray and his free kick right at the end which hit the bar, he was very unlucky it didn’t hit the back of the net.
Matthew Todd was the best player on the pitch for both sides by a distance. He scored early on in the second half with a lovely lob and was creating chance after chance throughout the entire game.
Magic Moment
Scottish Independent Schools FA
Fife Schools FA
Sam Walker's cross from the right side of the box was inch perfect and it also created their best chance of the match. Murray was fairly unlucky with the finish getting the power behind the volley just putting it wide.
Despite scoring three goals Fife’s Magic moment was their goalkeeper Craig Richardson’s outstanding double save to keep Fife’s lead in the first half. If he hadn’t been there it could’ve been a very different match.
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