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Lawthorn B.C. Under 15s

Kilmaurs Thistle Under 15s
Competition: CAYFA League Cup - Semi Final
Venue: Victoria Park, Irvine
Date: 14/04/2012
Author: Ross Mitchell

Today’s semi-final between these two sides was always going to be tight with both sides having the exact same record in the league this season – 6 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses each.  It was the away side that emerged victorious in a hard fought match.

Kilmaurs kicked the match off and had a good early chance.  Adam Kirkland found space down the right wing and was able to chip the ball to Ryan Barnes.  The striker took his time and hit his shot on the half volley.  The effort was weak and an easy save for Elliot Skeoch in Lawthorn’s goal.

Lawthorn responded very well and took hold of the game – keeping possession well and creating a few good opportunities over the course of half.  The first of these chances fell to Ross Traynor after good work Shaun Murtagh who broke down the left hand side of the pitch.  Murtagh squared the ball to Traynor who took his shot first time forcing a good save from Kilmaurs’ goalkeeper.

Another good chance for Lawthorn came from good work down their left hand side.  This time it was Jordan Burt who broke free of the Kilmaurs defence and drove into the penalty area.  He took his shot early and with his left foot aimed across the goal.  Kilmaurs keeper Christopher Dick made a good save to keep the sides level.

With their third good chance of the game Lawthorn took the lead although there was some controversy in the goal.  Jordan Burt did well down the left hand side and got himself into the area.  Kilmaurs’ Christopher Dick came out and went into a 50/50 with Burt.  The challenge left Dick on the ground injured while Burt played on and the referee allowing him to do so.  Burt crossed to Ross Traynor who had the simple task of heading in to an empty net.

Kilmaurs were annoyed by the decision to allow the goal but soon they were celebrating their equaliser.  With their first attack after the kick off Josh Hollywood played a brilliant through ball to Ryan Barnes who broke into the box on the left hand side.  Barnes calmly finished with his left foot by placing the ball just inside the far post.

The last attack of the half came to the home side from a free kick on the left wing.  Ross Traynor chipped the ball in towards the near post where Jordan Burt flicked a header at goal.  Christopher Dick made a good save to stop the ball going in but his parry fell to the edge of the box where it was chipped back towards goal.  The keeper had to watch the ball carefully as it hit his bar before going out for a goal kick to Kilmaurs.

At half time the score was 1-1.  Lawthorn had the better of the half – having a lot more of the ball and creating some good chances.  To say they deserved to lead at the halfway mark would be harsh on Kilmaurs who had defended well and looked dangerous when attacking.   

Half Time:  Lawthorn B.C. 1 – 1 Kilmaurs Thistle   
The second half was similar to the first, in that it was Lawthorn who took the game by the scruff of the neck with the majority of possession and chances being created. 

The first chance of the second half fell to Jordan Burt who was played in by a Shaun Murtagh flick on from a long ball.  Burt got passed the Kilmaurs defence but was pushed wide and his shot was straight at the keeper who collected with ease.

Lawthorn kept up their pressure and their next good chance came from a long run by defender Cameron McLuckie.  The defender drove from his own half and found himself in the box, he got to the by-line where he took a shot which struck the post.  The ball ran out to the edge of the area where Josh McCulley struck a powerful which was smartly saved by Kilmaurs’ keeper and out for a corner which came to nothing.
With Lawthorn having a lot of the ball Kilmaurs’ only way of attacking was on the counter.  They were always a threat with the pace of Ryan Barnes and Josh Hollywood who were chasing everything in the final third.  
Barnes made a good chance for team mate Stevie Campbell to put his side in the lead when he broke down Kilmaurs’ left wing.  He got himself into the Lawthorn area and crossed towards the back post, his cross was cleared to the edge of the area where Campbell was lurking but his shot was struck into the ground and Lawthorn’s Skeoch gathered the ball with ease.

It was the same combination of Barnes and Campbell which brought Kilmaurs their second goal of the game.  This time, Campbell played in Barnes with a neat through ball just outside the area.  Barnes took the ball well and struck a powerful drive into the net to leave the keeper with no chance and put his side in the lead.

Lawthorn responded well to falling behind and had a flurry of half chances.  Most of them came from set pieces but the Kilmaurs defence held strong.

Kilmaurs were not sitting on their lead and Barnes had the chance to complete his hat trick late on.  He had broke passed the Lawthorn defence and was close to getting himself into the area but was pulled back by a Lawthorn defender.  Barnes took the free kick from 20 yards out and struck a powerful drive down the middle of the goal.  Elliot Skeoch parried the ball away well to keep his side in with a shout of forcing extra time.

With the final attack of the game Lawthorn were very close to taking the game to an extra 15 minutes.  A corner was played in from the left wing by Ross Traynor towards the near post.  There was a massive scramble in the box as players from both sides looked to either clear the ball or get it in the back of the net.  The ball eventually ran out of play and the referee blew the final whistle.

At full time Kilmaurs had won the game by 2 goals to 1.  Lawthorn will feel hard done to as they controlled the game but could not take any of the chances they had created.  Kilmaurs will be delighted as they defended strongly and were lethal on the attack.

I have given Lawthorn’s Man of the Match award to striker Jordan Burt.  There were a few candidates but I felt Burt looked a threat whenever he was on the ball.  He had a few good chances and on another day he could have had a hat trick.

For Kilmaurs, Ryan Barnes is my Man of the Match.  As with Lawthorn there were a number of candidates who had good games but the man who scored the goals wins it today.  Barnes was a threat throughout the match with his pace causing problems for Lawthorn’s defence.  I also noticed that he worked extremely hard for his team and closed down the opposition until the last minute.
Full Time:  Lawthorn B.C. 1 – 2 Kilmaurs Thistle  

Lawthorn B.C. Under 15s
Kilmaurs Thistle Under 15s

12.  Elliot Skeoch (GK)
3.  William McLean
4.  Aaron Caswell (c)
5.  Cameron McLuckie
6.  Josh McCulley
7.  Ross Traynor
9.  Shaun Murtagh
10.  Ciaran Fallon
17.  Jack Kennedy
18.  Reece Taylor
19.  Jordan Burt
1.  Kevin Halliday
8.  Shaun Galloway
15.  Bradley Guest

1.  Christopher Dick (GK)
2.  Josh Rodgers
3.  Rory Jamieson
4.  Stephen Dixon (c)
7.  Ryan Barnes
8.  Adam Kirkland
9.  Stevie Campbell
10.  Josh Hollywood
11.  Declan Connelly
14.  Torin McKenzie
16.  Ross Garry
6.  Keenan Mclintoch
12.  Aaron Edgar
15.  Kyle Kirkland

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Givova UK Man of the Match: Jordan Burt
Givova UK Man of the Match: Ryan Barnes