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Gala Fairydean Colts snatch late winner against Gorebridge United in seven goal thriller

Gala Fairydean Colts 4

Lamb 34, Bell 40+1 Finlayson 66, 86

Gorebridge United 3

Spencer 45, Brannan 55, McCallion 78
  • Gala Fairydean Colts 4-3 Gorebridge United (AET)
  • Sunday, 28 May 2017
  • New Dundas Park, Bonnyrigg
  • Under 16´s
  • Division 3 League Cup – Final

Gala Fairyden Colts winner in extra time crowned them champions of the Division 3 League Cup in a thrilling game against Gorebridge United at New Dundas Park on Sunday. Goals from Josh Lamb and Declan Bell meant the Colts led by two at the break. However, strikes from Liam Spencer and Lewis Brannan levelled the scoring. Colts went ahead again with Cammy Finlayson’s strike before Gorebridge put things level once again with Jay McCallion’s goal. Finlayson netted again in extra time putting his side ahead for the third and final time, winning the game and the cup itself.

Gorebridge United put the pressure on first in this cup tie with their first chance of the game coming two minutes in. A corner taken on the left side of goal by Byron McKinley was met by the on target headed effort of Bari Collins. The shot was saved by the keeper; however, the referee blew for offside regardless.

Gala Fairden Colts grew into the game, unfazed by the opposition’s pressure they had a chance to go ahead in the 13th minute. Josh Lamb’s shot from outside the area was arriving at the bottom right hand corner of goal if not for the services of goalkeeper, Reiss Trench to stop the effort.

Moments later, Gorebridge had the opportunity to net from a clinical position. Lewis Brannan’s pass to Arron Cockburn which was subsequently flicked onto Byron McKinley in the 17th minute put the player on goal with only the keeper to beat, however, the towering presence of Max Logan meant the shot was saved.

Another chance came soon after for the blue and yellow side in the 28th minute. The solo effort from Gorebridge’s Lewis Brannan meant the player tucked his way past defenders to arrive in the right-hand side of the penalty area. His shot on goal that followed struck the near post and proceeded to go out of play.

Colts then secured the first of the match with a remarkable effort in the 34th minute. Lee MacRae’s run past defenders on the right side meant the ball was laid off to Josh Lamb outside area. Lamb’s dipping shot struck the left post and into the net putting his side ahead.

On the stroke of half time, Colts managed to double the lead. Following Jordan Hogarth’s headed effort coming off the woodwork in the 40+1st minute, the ball dropped to Declan Bell whose initial rebound shot was blocked. The player struck the ball on the rebound once more, driving it low into the net. 

  • Half Time:
  • Gala Fairydean Colts
  • 2-0
  • Gorebridge United

Gorebridge United knew they had to come out fighting this half and that’s exactly what they did with their first goal of the game coming five minutes into the half. Brannan’s throw into the penalty area was met by Jordan Bowie whose shot was saved but Liam Spencer ran onto the effort on the left side of the area to slot the rebound into the net from a difficult area, putting his side back in the game in the 45th minute.

The equaliser came soon after thanks to a free kick taken near the half way line. The ball in was met by Brannan in the 55th minute who flicked on the effort with his head, putting it just past the keeper and levelling the shares.

It looked like Gorebridge would get their third in quick succession when Jack Berkery was brought down inside the area with a penalty given in the 59th minute. However, Max Logan dived down to the left side of goal saving the effort, keeping things level.

Gala Fairyden Colts went ahead once more in the 66th minute. Cammy Finlayson was on the receiving end of a ball played over the top. Finlayson then flicked the ball over the keeper on the right side with the ball arriving near the far post.

Gorebridge were chasing an equaliser once again and with minutes remaining they got the goal that sent them to extra time thanks to the effort from Jay McCallion in the 78th minute. The United player shot from outside the area with the ball sent into the top left hand corner. The ecstatic celebrations from the team was also shared by the travelling support.

United almost secured the winner with a strike that came in the last kick of the game. Spencer’s run down the right channel allowed the youngster to cross the ball into Byron McKinley who struck the soaring ball first time, however, the keeper dropped low to save the effort as the referee’s whistle soon followed. 

  • Full Time:
  • Gala Fairydean Colts
  • 3-3
  • Gorebridge United
Both teams had the same fight in them in the extra 20 minutes as they did in the initial 80. However, it was Gala Fairydean Colts who struck in the final goal of the match in the 86th minute. Jordan Hogarth played in Cammy Finlayson inside the area where he slid the ball past the keeper on the left side to claim his second of the game, winning the game and cup for the team in red.

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Final Result: Gala Fairydean Colts 4-3 Gorebridge United (AET)


Gala Fairydean Colts
Gorebridge United
1. Max Logan
2. Robbie Johnston
3. Matthew Johnston
4. Daniel Cairnie
5. Daren Boggs
6. Jordan Hogarth
7. Lee MacRae
8. Jack Noble
9. Declan Bell
10. Sam Cockburn
11. Josh Lamb
12. Rodrigo Olival
14. Luis Mendoza
15. Martin Smith
16. Scott Stoddart
17. Cammy Finlayson
1. Reiss Trench
3. Fraser McKimmie
4. Jack Berkery
20. Ryan Bain
8. Byron McKinley
5. Lauchlan MacLean
24. Arron Cockburn
18. Liam Spencer
10. Bari Collins
11. Lewis Brannan
12. Keiren Wilson
15. Jordan Bowie
16. Jay McCallion
19. Stuart Cummings
21. Stephen Pottinger
Star Player
Gala Fairydean Colts
Gorebridge United
Gala Fairydean Colts star player was substitute Cammy Finlayson. When he came on, Cammy was a real threat upfront and continuously pressed the opposition’s defence. He was consistent throughout and was rewarded for his efforts by netting two goals and subsequently the winner. Cammy’s movement to get on the end of chances is a sign of his potential for the future.
Gorebridge United’s star player was Lewis Brannan. Comfortable on the ball, Lewis’s ability excelled in the final. Sending in balls to his team mates in good areas and taking on the opposition himself, he looked confident despite his side having to chase the game. While he may be disappointed to lose in the final, he and his coaching staff should be pleased with the performance he had on the day.
Magic Moment
Gala Fairydean Colts
Gorebridge United
Gala Fairydean Colts’s magic moment was the winning goal in extra time. Despite never being behind during the match, it was a sigh of relief when Cammy Finlayson netted in the winner. This could be seen when he was embraced by his team mates and the roar of their celebrations.
Gorebridge United’s magic moment was the equalising goal that sent them into extra time. Not only this goal gave the side a fighting chance but the quality of the equaliser was superb. I don’t think neither goalscorer, Jay McCallion or the rest of the squad believed that it had gone in, especially so late into the game.
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