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Superior Spartans lift League Cup

Bonyrigg Rose Pumas 1

Skelton 58

Spartans FC Colts 4

Tait 34, 38, Mathieson 49, Yewdale 78
  • Sunday, 22 April 2018
  • New Dundas Park
  • Under 16´s
  • Division 2 League Cup

New Dundas Park, home to junior side Bonyrigg Rose Athletic, played host to the Division 2 League Cup Final, which saw Spartans FC Colts lift the silverware. They put in a very commanding performance to see off Pumas who, in truth, did not have enough about them to combat a strong Spartans side.

The opening half hour saw very few chances, with the best opportunity falling to Sean Roberts. Some good work in the middle of the park resulted in a through ball to Roberts, who created space for himself, before curling an effort towards goal. His effort was initially stopped by Spartans keeper Jamie Henderson, but the rebound fell to Evan Skelton who turned the ball goal wards, however his effort was cleared off the line.

Five minutes before half-time, Spartans had their first opportunity of the game, and with it came the opening goal.

A long free-kick from Max Sneddon wasn’t dealt with by the Pumas defender, who could only head the ball up in the air. The falling ball was met by Sam Tait who bulleted his volley into the bottom corner to put Spartans in front.

Spartans, clearly full of confidence after taking the lead, continued to push forward and on the stroke of half-time they doubled their lead.

Again it came from a long ball Spartans and Sam Tait won the initial header, he turned and chased his flick on and held off Lawrie Wilson before slipping the ball into the bottom corner to put Spartans in full control of the cup tie.

  • Half Time:
  • Bonyrigg Rose Pumas
  • 0-2
  • Spartans FC Colts

After the break, Spartans continued their excellent end to the first half and did not have to wait long to further extend their lead.

Nine minutes into the second half and a corner was floated into to the Pumas box. Jude Mathieson rose highest and his header sneaked into the bottom corner to put Spartans three goals up and effectively end the game as a contest.

Bonyrigg Rose Pumas, who were keen to reclaim a bit of pride, started to get the ball down and play some decent football and ten minutes later they grabbed a consolation.

Some good work down the right wing from the dangerous Sam Archibald got him to the by line. He steadied himself to clip in a brilliant cross which was met by Evan Skelton, who nodded past Jamie Henderson to make it 3-1.

Pumas good spell continued and a few minutes later they should have been back in the game. A good corner from Sean Roberts was met by Archibald who headed over the bar from close range.

The remainder of the game descended into a midfield battle, until two minutes from time, when Spartans put the game completely out of sight.

Again it was a long ball from the Spartans defence and after a flick on, Jordi Yedwale was in on goal. He squared for Chris Gordon who passed the ball into the back of the net, to cap of the perfect day for Spartans.

  • Full Time:
  • Bonyrigg Rose Pumas
  • 1-4
  • Spartans FC Colts


Bonyrigg Rose Pumas
Spartans FC Colts
1. Evan Polak
2. Aiden McGlynn
3. Lawrie Wilson
6. Jamie Clark
7. Fraser Brockie
9. Sean Roberts
11. Evan Skelton
12. Issa Haroon Mohammed
14. Sam Archibald
15. James Malloy
17. Daniel Proudfoot
18. Doug Knox
23. Max Kerr
24. Allesandro Alonzi
28. Calum Byrne
99. Hamza Kalifa
1. Jamie Henderson
2. Max Sneddon
3. Matthew Simon
4. Chris Gordon
5. Ewan Russell
6. Mavellous Oriabure
7. Steven Poulton
9. Tom Nightingale
10. Sam Tait
11. Alex Shirlaw
12. Marc Lynn
15. Adam Dodds
16. Jude Mathieson
17. Jordi Yewdale
Star Player
Bonyrigg Rose Pumas
Spartans FC Colts
For Pumas, the star man is Sam Archibald. The full back looked extremely dangerous when on the ball and it's a shame that Bonyrigg couldn't get him on the ball more often as he could have had more joy down the right hand side.
The star player for Spartans has to be Sam Tait. His quickfire double proved to be the catalyst for Spartans' victory. He took both his goals very well and was probably unlucky not grab his hat-trick. An excellent performance from Tait.
Magic Moment
Bonyrigg Rose Pumas
Spartans FC Colts
The magic moment for Bonyrigg has to be there goal. It was a brilliant move down the right and then a great cross by Archibald made Evan Skelton's header a simple one. A moment of joy on an otherwise disappointing day for Bonyrigg Rose Pumas.
Spartans magic moment has to be their opener from Sam Tait. He showed a touch of class to control his volley well to fire past the goalkeeper. The opening goal was by far the most impressive and, although Tait will claim the plaudits, the overall performance by Spartans was excellent and everyone on the pitch should be extremely proud of themselves. A memorable day for Spartans FC Colts.
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