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McGowan bags five in Spartan's win over Seton

Spartans FC 6

McGowan, 25' 39' 49' 55' 59', Stewart, 69'

Seton CFC 1

Douglas 23'
  • Friday, 10 April 2015
  • Arboretum Playing Fields
  • Under 14´s
  • Paladin Cup
Rafie Thompson

Rafie Thompson | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Joe McGowan took inspiration from Sergio Aguero and Robert Lewandowski on Sunday as he led his Spartans team to victory over Seton CFC in the Paladin Cup at Arboretum by a 6-1 scoreline with McGowan scoring five goals.
The No.9 scored five while the sixth came from Craig Stewart. Seton took the lead early on after Jay Douglas put away a lovely free-kick from 35 yards but it was not to be their day as Spartans racked up the goals.
It was the home side with the early pressure. Jonathan Mario De Britto had a great chance after a cutback from Tyler Munro but his scuffed shot went wide of the target.
Seton managed to string some lovely passes together but could not break through until the 23rd minute when they won a free-kick 35 yards out. Douglas’ free-kick was swung in with pace and it wrong-footed the ‘keeper and flew into the top of the net to put Seton 1-0 up.
Spartans did not hesitate in pulling a goal back and clinical striker McGowan bagged his first of the day when he was put through by Stewart. His finish into the bottom right corner was out of the ‘keeper’s reach and Spartans pulled level two minutes after Seton had scored.
Lewis Parker had a go at goal for Spartans with half an hour gone, he showed composure under pressure as he controlled a lobbed ball but his shot from 20 yards was smartly saved by Max Ovens.
Parker had another chance but his shot from a tight angle to the left was saved leaving the scores level at half-time in what was an exciting 35 minutes of football.
  • Half Time:
  • Spartans FC
  • 1-1
  • Seton CFC
The manager’s half time team talk for the white and red side must have been a good one as Spartans immediately took the lead after the break. It was McGowan again and his finish into the bottom right when one on one put his side in the lead.
An excellent passage of play saw Stewart and Parker play a smart one-two with the latter laying off for McGowan but his shot was off target to the right side of the goal from 18 yards.
Seton were working extremely hard to stop the home side extending their lead and some excellent defensive play with 47 minutes played saw Ovens expertly save Morris’ shot from close range with Ben Jenkinson managing to put his body on the line to block the rebound shot over the bar.
Despite their efforts, Seton conceded another with 20 minutes to go. McGowan was hungry for more goals and he had a hat-trick when he picked up the ball 30 yards out and fired a looping shot which the ‘keeper could only parry onto the bar and into the net to make it 3-1.
Spartans No.9 got his fourth with another assist from Stewart, he was put through following a counter-attack and again he beat the ‘keeper one on one to put his side 4-1 up and out of sight.
Seton were trying their hardest to get back into the game but it was that man again as McGowan bagged his fifth of the game after 59 minutes. After some passing play on the edge of the opposition box the ball fell to McGowan and his shot from the left flew into the far right corner.
The away side prevented a sixth from Spartans as Jenkinson again did brilliantly to block a shot off of the line. Morris’ shot was powerful but Jenkinson did well to jump up and block Morris’ shot at the last second.
Stewart bucked the trend of McGowan scoring goals when he bagged his first and Spartan’s sixth. The forward put his team completely out of sight with a tap-in following a ball across the box.
The yellow and black side had one final chance to pull one back but Finn Higgins’ chipped shot was just wide of the left post after a ball from Danny Lawson.
  • Full Time:
  • Spartans FC
  • 6-1
  • Seton CFC


Spartans FC
Seton CFC
1. Lee Russell
2. Robbie McLaren
3. Ewan Scott
4. Lewis Parker
5. Lee Hughes
8. Marcus Yeap
9. Joe McGowan
10. Sam Morris
11. Tyler Munro
16. Jonathan Mario De Britto
17. Abdul Kadin
20. Harris Deas
21. Craig Stewart
22. Shaun McKey
23. Marc Lynn
92. Xander McMillan
1. Max Ovens
3. Zak Johnstone
4. Robbie Simpson
5. Lewis Mullholland
6. Jack Scott
7. Jay Douglas
8. Ben Jenkinson
9. Danny Lawson
10. Cameron McDairmid
11. Finn Higgins
12. Kevin Inglis
16. Connor McHugh
17. Jack Hogg
Star Player
Spartans FC
Seton CFC
Joe McGowan - The striker had a field day and with a combination of great finishing and smart movement he managed to undo the Seton defence.
Robbie Simpson - The defender made countless challenges with a high success rate and showed experience and composure when on the ball.
Magic Moment
Spartans FC
Seton CFC
McGowan's hat-trick goal - A wonderful goal to complete a hat-trick and it epitomised McGowan's performance as it showed great technique and finishing ability.
Douglas' free-kick - Rivalling McGowan's 30 yard goal, Douglas' free-kick was swung in with pace and direction and it completely put the 'keeper off and flew into the net.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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