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Little is Redhall's Star as 1 goal is enough to see off Gala Fairydean

Written by  Redhall Star YFC

Fixture: Redhall Star YFC v Gala Fairydean Rovers U16
Competition: South East Region YFL U16's Division 2
Venue: Meggetland 3G
Date: Sunday 22nd November 2015
Redhall Star returned to their winter home of Meggetland and won the three points thanks to a second half strike from Antony Little to edge out Gala Fairydean Rovers 1-0 and keep in touch with the pack at the top of SERYFA Division 2. 

Gala Fairydean Rovers, winners of the 3rd division last season, got the game underway but it was Redhall who burst forward and almost took an early lead. Tommy Hendry won a corner down the right hand side which was swung in by Calum Henderson. Up went Sam Donachie but his bullet header thumped off the crossbar.
Donachie was soon back involved in the action as a free kick from Henderson ended up in the Gala box but Donachie just couldn't get a strong connection on the ball. Redhall did have the ball in the net with a lovely finish from Tommy Hendry but he was adjudged to be offside.

Redhall continued to press for the opener, and a great ball from Josh Slow-clayton put Donachie clear of the Gala backline, and as the keeper came rushing off of his goalline, Donachie looking to loop the ball over him but he couldn't get the accuracy he wanted as his effort flew wide of the goal.
Slow-clayton then had a great chance to open the scoring as he turned two Gala defenders from Antony Little's pass, but instead of taking care of the shot Slow-clayton attempted to burst the net which he failed to do as the ball was sliced well wide. 

The home side continued to push forward with Donachie through on goal but the ball wouldn't come down for him and his effort was off target. Gala were not creating much but they were dogged in the tackle and pressed as high up the park as they could to try and unsettle the home side. Redhall's Marc Hannah picked up a yellow card for something he said to a Gala lad and this created an edge to the game as the tackles were raised a level. Redhall made two changes at this stage with Robbie Campbell and Lewis Blues being replaced in the middle of the park by Jack Anderson and Thomas Steedman, making his debut.

Little and Hendry switched wings and this instantly brought a chance for Redhall. Little burst past a couple of challenges and headed for the goal. His shot had power but the ball flew over the bar when maybe the better option was to pass inside. Another chance had Hendry just failing to connect at the back post.

Gala, on a rare attack, fired in a shot from the edge of the area which Ryan Green saved at full length to divert the ball behind for a corner. A superb save to prevent Gala from taking a surprising lead. The corner then came to nothing as Redhall cleared the danger. A warning for the home side.

Half Time: Redhall Star YFC 0-0 Gala Fairydean Rovers

As the temperature dropped Redhall got the second half underway after some strong words at half time and were on the front foot straight away. Hendry burst down the left and fired in a cross which fell for Slow-clayton but his effort was blocked. Hendry was causing Gala major problems down the flanks, and this time he burst clear on the left side and drove towards goal. He cut inside, and his shot beat the keeper, but clipped the outside of the post and trundled out of play. So close.

Grant Doyle and Steedman combined well down the right side as Steedman produced a cross from the byline but there were no takers in the middle for Redhall. Little was next to have a run and shot which the keeper put behind for a corner. Henderson fired in the corner which Hannah met in the box but headed over. That will be a nosebleed for Hannah being that far forward!

Adam Shortiss, match winner from last week, replaced Hendry as the home side looked to break the deadlock. Shortiss looked in the mood and had a shot blocked seconds after coming on, then headed over the bar from a corner.
The pressure from Redhall was mounting, and from the next attack, they eventually took the lead as Doyle passed inside to Slow-clayton, who turned his man excellently, playing a ball in behind the defence. Little outfought his marker to fire low under the keeper to give Redhall a deserved lead. This was Little's first goal for the club.

It was almost a second for the home side as Steedman ran from half way and fired in a thunderous shot which the Gala keeper did well to turn over the bar. From the resulting corner the ball broke to the edge of the box where Steedman fired towards goal but the keeper got down well to save to prevent Redhall from doubling their lead.

Redhall's Anderson was cautioned for a foul, 25 yards from goal, as Gala had a rare attack. Green did well to tip the ball over the bar from the resulting free kick. From that, the corner into the box caused havoc for the Redhall defenders, but somehow they managed to clear the danger.
Little picked up a knock and was replaced by Nathan Robertson just before Steedman went off on another run down the right side and this time won a corner. Henderson’s corner worked its way to Campbell, who had replaced Slow-clayton, but he somehow fired over the bar from a yard out.

Gala won a free kick after a challenge from Doyle, but the Gala player receiving the yellow card from referee Bathgate for trying to get Doyle booked himself. The free kick was hit into the box but evaded everyone and sailed out for a goal kick, much to the relief of Redhall Star.

Full Time: Redhall Star YFC 1-0 Gala Fairydean Rovers

Not the greatest game and would say an ugly win for Redhall. Creating many chances but just not taking them. Gala were dogged and had great desire. Ewan Mitchell held the home backline well and Redhall did defend well as a team but need to be finishing the chances at the other end.
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