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Elgin City 20s are NSFA League Champions

Elgin City 3

McGowan 15, Taylor 18, Loveland 71

Clachnacuddin FC 0

  • Monday, 01 April 2019
  • Borough Briggs
  • Under 20´s
  • NSFA Under 20s League

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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The season finale took place at Borough Briggs this week when Elgin City took on Clachnacuddin Under 20's.

For Elgin, a special night lay in store for them with the trophy presentation following the game and also a moment to reflect on two special years for the squad, the home side came out 3-0 winners with both teams playing good football.

Elgin City manager Gavin Price and Clachnacuddin boss Brian McLeod certainly give youth a chance and both men were in attendance for this one, with Elgin 20's coach Robbie Hope fielding players that have been given appearances in League 2 this campaign. Experienced forward Scott Dunn played for Clach.

On 15 minutes, it was 1-0 after a fantastic ball came into the danger zone which was met by James McGowan who headed the ball superbly into the net past Ben Bremner to open the scoring for City. McGowan has featured a few times in the 20's for Elgin and has always put in a professional performance.

Three minutes later, it was 2-0 after Aiden Sopel was fouled inside the area. Sopel didn't score on the night, however he showed how good he is with some quality movement and touches.

Moray Taylor stepped up to dispatch the spot-kick; he's been playing in the Highland League with Lossiemouth this campaign and looks to have developed his game that bit further.

Clachnacuddin improved as the half wore on and had a few chances before half time, a good ball by Calum Black found Dunn who then had a tame effort at Oliver Kelly, Ali Gillies also had a chance which went over.
 

  • Half Time:
  • Elgin City
  • 2-0
  • Clachnacuddin FC

In the second half both sides created chances with Taylor having a shot parried by Adam Carter before Owen Loveland volleyed over. Loveland has enjoyed a fantastic season however if his shot was calmer it probably would have found the net.

Taylor already had one goal to his name and certainly worked hard to deliver another, a good ball by Liam McDade came into Taylor however it went over.

Clach tried all they could to get a goal back and a good bit of movement saw the ball come to Shaun Sutherland whose effort was denied by Kelly in the City goal, both sides then made subs to give some game time to players.

The final goal of the night came on 71 minutes, a long ball wasn't dealt with by the Clachnacuddin backline and Owen Loveland did what he does best and smashed a good ball into the middle of the net beyond Carter.

Leighton Duncan then had a late chance to add to the tally for Elgin however a long range effort went whiskers wide of the left hand post.

A deserved win for City however Clach must be credited for how well they worked and played - they had a youthful outfit out there.

Following the completion of the game, the trophy was presented with Elgin City chairman Graham Tatters who said that the decision to put Elgin into the 20's league was a good one.

  • Full Time:
  • Elgin City
  • 3-0
  • Clachnacuddin FC

Lineups

Elgin City
Clachnacuddin FC
1. Oliver Kelly
2. Ashley Ballam
3. Liam McDade
4. James McGowan
5. David Wilson
6. Fergus Edwards
7. Moray Taylor
8. Kyle Willis
9. Owen Loveland
10. Aidan Sopel
11. Ali Sutherland
12. Leighton Duncan
14. Jake Thomson
15. Cameron Angus
16. Lee Scott
21. Adam Crichton
1. Ben Bremner
2. Daniel McKay
3. Daniel Bruce
4. Ruaridh Patience
5. James Fraser
6. Shaun Sutherland
7. Thomas McInnes
8. Jack Wardrop
9. Scott Dunn
10. Ali Gillies
11. Calum Black
12. James Anderson
13. Adam Carter
14. Robert Smith
15. Seoras Alliod
16. Conner Smith
Star Player
Elgin City
Clachnacuddin FC
Aiden Sopel - Aiden didn't score however he did a lot of the hard work for the team. Good team performance too.
Shaun Sutherland - Shaun did well in midfield and linked up well with other players in the team.
Magic Moment
Elgin City
Clachnacuddin FC
The third goal, a great strike from Owen Loveland.
The way they played the game was good to see.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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