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Thistle FC desrvedly into next round of U14s Winton Trophy after defeating Byron Dons

Byron Dons 0

Thistle FC 9

Robertson 8, Mathieson 12, Walker 13, 14, Johnston, 36, 46, 59, 66, Bridgeford 40, Rai 44, 68, Bloomer 60
  • Sunday, 04 February 2018
  • Northfield Academy
  • Under 14´s
  • Winton Trophy

Thistle FC secured their spot in the fourth round of the Under 14s Winton Trophy after defeating Byron Dons at Northfield Academy. Byron came into the match as underdogs against a strong Thistle team, but an impressive result for them against Mintlaw BC in the previous round gave hope for an interesting clash.

Byron started off quickly and had a terrific opportunity to go ahead. A quick bit of footwork from Ewan Milne saw him draw a foul on the edge of the Thistle penalty area. Milne took the resulting free kick, hitting it hard towards the left of goalkeeper Jamie Anthony Shingler who made an impressive save, tipping it onto the post. Byron’s Layten Henderson came close with the rebound but a deflection sent it narrowly wide of the goal.

Not to be put off by Byron’s strong start, Thistle replied with a quick goal. Good play down the right hand side saw the ball come to Connor Robertson in the box who finished the chance low into the bottom corner where the keeper could not reach it.

Robertson had another chance as he struck the ball from long range, forcing Byron keeper Thomas Kiloh to tip the ball onto the bar. Unfortunately for him, the ball bounced back into play, allowing attacker Reece Mathieson to double the lead for Thistle.

Thistle continued to put pressure on the Byron defence as a shot from Conor Claire forced a good save from Kiloh, only for Thistle’s Ronan Walker to tap it in on the second attempt thanks to his quick reactions.

Walker got his second goal of the afternoon soon after and in similar fashion. A shot, this time from Robertson, was once again met by a strong parry from Kiloh but Walker was quick to the rebound, putting the ball past the keeper from close range.

Byron came close to creating a goal scoring opportunity through Milne. He showed impressive skill, turning past two defenders at the opposition by-line before being stopped by a strong tackle before he could set up one of his teammates.

Although Thistle looked to be the stronger team as the half time whistle blew, Byron had shown that they were not willing to go down without a fight, meaning that there was still life left in the game for the second half.

  • Half Time:
  • Byron Dons
  • 0-4
  • Thistle FC

This time it was Thistle who started the half quickly, adding to their lead. Impressive build up through the midfield saw Ethan Johnston slipped in one on one with the keeper. He showed great composure as he rolled the ball low into the bottom corner, making it difficult for the keeper to save.

Johnston looked like he was going to score again after a surging run into the Byron defence. However a fantastic tackle from defender Matthew Dalgarno saw Byron win back possession from a dangerous situation.

A cross from Thistle’s Luca D’Ambruoso out on the right wing gave them their next goal. The ball was played towards the back stick and despite the best efforts of the Byron defence, could not be stopped from being rifled in by Euan Bridgeford.              

If not for some fantastic saves from Kiloh, Thistle could have gone even further ahead. A close range shot from striker Beeses Rai was met by a fantastic save as Kiloh got down quickly to his right to trap the ball. Only minutes later he pulled off another impressive stop as he dived to put a long range effort from Bridgeford round the post.

It was D’Ambruoso who set up Thistles next goal as well. Once again he whipped a dangerous ball towards the back post which was met by Rai who showed good skill to put the ball into the back of the net.

Johnston’s name came up on the score sheet once again thanks to an impressive goal. Using his considerable strength and pace, he burst through the Byron defence before sending the ball into the back of the net.

Although they were behind, Byron never showed any signs of giving up. Calvin Rajbhandari showed considerable technical ability by dribbling past a number of players before he was brought down for a free kick in the opposition half.

As the game came into the final ten minutes, Thistle remained tenacious in their play as Johnston scored a spectacular long range goal in order to claim his hat-trick. Standing well outside of the opposition box, Johnston’s lofted effort was excellently placed in order to beat the keeper and give him his third of the day.

Thistle added another goal as Ciaran Bloomer was played though one on one with the keeper. Staying composed even under pressure, he shot the ball low into the bottom corner of the net, leaving the keeper no chance of saving it.

Byron keeper Kiloh never looked disheartened and continued to make some impressive saves until the very end. Thistle forward Rai took a powerful shot from inside the box which seemed like it was destined to hit the back of the net, only to be matched by an outstanding save from Kiloh to tip the ball over the bar.  

Not satisfied with his hat-trick, Johnston continued to push on and managed to grab himself another impressive goal. He once again showed considerable strength and pace as he burst through the Byron defence and smashed the ball high into the back of the net.

It was Rai who rounded off the afternoon for Thistle as he grabbed a goal late on. A ball was played fast along the ground to him at the back post where he tapped the ball into the net with a simple and composed finish.

At the end of the game which was typified by the respectful attitudes of both teams, Thistle came out deserved winners through showcasing an impressive style of quick moving football. Byron, however, need not be disappointed as they showed considerable strength and determination in continuing to fight on till the dying minutes of the game.

Many thanks to both teams for putting on an entertaining match and good luck to Thistle FC for their match in the next round of the cup.

  • Full Time:
  • Byron Dons
  • 0-9
  • Thistle FC


Byron Dons
Thistle FC
1. Thomas Kiloh
2. Owen Garner
3. Matthew Dalgarno
4. Stephen Peters
5. MacKenzie Milne
7. Calvin Rajbhandari
8. Igor Wodecki
9. Layten Henderson
10. Ewan Milne
11. Artjoms Ozolins
12. Corey Adams
14. Liam Farquharson
15. Connor MacKenzie
16. Josh Merchant
18. Suhan Pahari
1. Jamie Anthony Shingler
2. Ronan Walker
3. Euan Bridgeford
4. Luca D'Ambruoso
5. Ryan Alexander
6. Aidan MacRae
7. Reece Mathieson
9. Beeses Rai
10. Lucas Park
11. Conor Claire
14. Robert Reid
15. Connor Robertson
16. Logan Duncan
18. Ciaran Bloomer
20. Jan Polanski
21. Ethan Johnston
Star Player
Byron Dons
Thistle FC
Star Player for Byron Dons is Thomas Kiloh. The goalkeeper pulled off a number of outstanding saves at various points in the game. His ability to stop shots from close range which seemed destined to go in was spectacular, particularly as Thistle piled on the pressure in the second half.
Star Player for Thistle FC is Ethan Johnston. Johnston capped his overall impressive performance with four goals of the highest quality. He showed great strength and speed through the middle of the park and his long range goal is one to be remembered.
Magic Moment
Byron Dons
Thistle FC
Magic Moment for Byron Dons is Ewan Milne’s early free kick. It was a spectacular strike which, if not for a wonderful save, would have been buried into the top corner of the goals. On another day, if it were to have gone in, it may have changed the complexion of the game.
Magic Moment for Thistle FC is the opening goal from Connor Robertson. At a time when Byron had been looking dangerous in the opening minutes, Robertson’s composed finish into the bottom corner allowed his team to settle down and play some of their best football.
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