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Villa victorious in David Innes Cup

Gala Fairydean Rovers 0

Longniddry Villa FC 2

Flannigan 38, Murray 60
  • Sunday, 15 April 2018
  • New Dundas Park
  • Under 14´s
  • David Innes Cup

Two second half goals proved to be enough for Longniddry Villa as they defeated Gala Fairydean Rovers in the David Innes Cup Final. In a hard fought encounter, numerous chances were created, however Gala lived to rue missed opportunities as Villa were clinical to lift the silverware.

New Dundas Park, home to junior outfit Bonyrigg Rose Athletic, played host to the U14 David Innes Cup Final. Both sides knew they would have to fight hard if they were to win the trophy and it was Gala who were strongest in the first fifteen minutes. 

Firstly, Gala’s influential playmaker Sam McClymont picked up the ball at the edge of the box, but his shot was too weak to trouble Villa keeper Aaron Thompson. 

Moments later, Gala had another opportunity from a McClymont free-kick. The midfielder crossed the ball into the box and it was brought down well by Finlay Wheelans, but his snap shot on the turn was well held by Thomson. 

Gala didn’t have long to wait for their next opportunity and it again came from McClymont. He drove into the Villa box, engineered space well and unleashed a venomous shot which was collected at the second attempt by Thomson.

Gala failed to capitalise on their early pressure and then allowed Villa back into the game. Villa’s first chance came from Thierry Murray who was played through on goal, however his low effort was initially saved by Ryan Gibson and Gala cleared the loose ball.

Ten minutes later, Murray had the best chance of the opening half. A long kick up the park found its way to Murray and his powerful half-volley crashed off the crossbar and away from goal.

On the stroke of half-time Gala should have been in front. Some good work by McClymont in the middle of the park allowed him to slip in Kerr Johnston. His first effort came of the right hand post and rebounded back to him; he then rounded the goalie and fired a shot towards the goal however it was expertly cleared off the line by the Villa defender.

  • Half Time:
  • Gala Fairydean Rovers
  • 0-0
  • Longniddry Villa FC

Immediately after the break, Villa took the lead. They won a free-kick on the edge of the Gala box and Matthew Flannigan stepped up and curled the ball over the wall and into the back of the net, sparking jubilant scenes amongst the Villa players. 

For the next fifteen minutes, the game became scrappy and neither side could create much in the way of chances, however, after the rather barren spell Gala had probably the best opportunity of the game.

Again McClymont was at the heart of the attack and his through ball found its way to Finn Douglas, who rounded the goalkeeper but was unable to pass the ball into the empty net. 

Gala Fairydean Rovers would come to rue this miss, and with ten minutes to play Villa doubled their lead.

Thierry Murray had a couple of great chances in quick succession, which were well saved by Ryan Gibson, however it was third time lucky for Murray. The striker was played in on goal and had time to pick his spot before calmly stroking the ball into the bottom corner, to put Villa in a commanding position.

From this point forward, Villa retained possession well, without creating too much more and they were able to see out the remaining minutes to pick up the David Innes Cup.

  • Full Time:
  • Gala Fairydean Rovers
  • 0-2
  • Longniddry Villa FC


Gala Fairydean Rovers
Longniddry Villa FC
1. Ryan Gibson
2. Monroe Job
3. Jon Mclean
4. Sam McClymont
5. Dougray Seggie
6. Callum Gray
7. Kerr Johnston
8. Finn Douglas
9. Finlay Wheelans
10. Dylan Ellins
11. Cameron Riddell
12. Joe Charlton
14. Jack Kerr
1. David McConnell
3. Jacob Marshall
4. Lewis Allan-Brown
5. Oscar Fettes
6. Thierry Murray
7. Cameron Higgins
8. Alex Kane
9. Michael Hart
11. Matthew Flannigan
14. Kai Brown
15. Jordan Cook
16. Jack Clark
17. Nathan McGuire
18. Glenn Murray
31. Aaron Thompson
Star Player
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Longniddry Villa FC
For Gala Fairydean Rovers, the star man is their playmaker, Sam McClymont. The midfielder was at the heart of all things good for Rovers and was very unlucky not to pick up a couple of assists.
Villa's star player is Thierry Murray. The forward was unlucky not to score more goals, and on another day he could easily have had a hat-trick. Murray scored the killer goal for Villa and is therefore the star man.
Magic Moment
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Longniddry Villa FC
Despite not resulting in a goal, the passage of play leading to Kerr Johnston striking the upright was breathtaking. Gala should take heart from this period of play, and, if they continue to play this creative style of football, promotion is on the cards for them.
The magic moment for Villa has to be Flannigan's free-kick. This was a wonderful pieced of individual skill to manoeuver the ball over the wall and back down from such close range was brilliant. An excellent goal to open the scoring for Longniddry Villa.
Club Views
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Longniddry Villa FC
Gala's co-managers explained their disappointment not score on the day. They felt that the first goal of the game would be crucial and sadly they didn't get it, so it was an uphill battle from there. They added that they will lift the boys spirits and continue to push for promotion this season.
The Villa manager was unsurprisingly delighted to pick up the silverware and praised his teams performance throughout the game. He added that if he were to nit-pick, he would like to see his side be even more clinical in front of goal but couldn't fault the effort from his boys.
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