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Currie Star score late to lift Ian MacKay Cup

Currie Star 4

Adebayo 20, 28, Backler 57, Luff 90+1

Craigroyston 3

Rahman 11, Luff (OG) 24, Finlayson 26
  • 4-3 AET
  • Friday, 27 April 2018
  • St. Mark's Park
  • Under 14´s
  • Ian MacKay Cup

Currie Star scored a late extra time goal to win the Ian MacKay cup final. Having trailed for the majority of the game, Currie Star came from two goals behind in what was an excellent spectacle and they, of course, were happiest as they lifted the silverware.

St Mark’s Park, home to Craigroyston JFC, hosted this cup final and it was Craigroyston who started the brighter of the two sides.

Only eleven minutes in and Craigy had the ball on the wing. A rather tame cross was delivered, however Currie keeper Daniel Barclay couldn’t deal with it and he dropped the ball at the feet of Rahman who forced the ball over the line to put Craigroyston ahead.

Currie responded very well and only ten minutes after they fell behind, they scored an equaliser. Nelson Egbule rose highest to knock the ball down to Adebayo who tucked the ball into the bottom corner.

Currie’s equaliser was the beginning of a crazy 15 minutes which saw three more goals.

After Currie scored, Craigroyston went straight up and raced into a two goal lead. Firstly, on the 25 minute mark, Finlayson picked the ball in the middle of the park and delivered a great through ball for Rahman and his initial effort was stopped by Currie’s substitute keeper Fraser Mill but the rebound hit the helpless Luff who diverted the ball into his own net, to put Craigy in front.

Two minutes later and Craigy doubled their lead. Finlayson, who picked up an assist for the second goal, claimed possession about 25 yards out and engineered space well before lobbing Mill expertly to put Craigy two in front.

Currie were not phased by conceding and responded yet again. They took kick-off and went straight up the park to pull a goal back. A good through ball from Thomas Luff found its way to Adebayo who chipped the goalkeeper to score his second and bring Currie Star back into the game.

The referee’s whistle brought to an end an exhilarating first half in which Craigroyston went in 3-2 up at the break.

  • Half Time:
  • Currie Star
  • 2-3
  • Craigroyston

In all truth the second half did not match the first in terms of excitement however Currie Star started to grow into the game and created a one decent chance to note.

A good ball was crossed into the box from the Currie wing, Craigy goalkeeper came to collect however he was beaten to it by Mack Valentine but his header went just wide of the post.

This was a sign of things to come and 15 minutes from the end Currie finally equalised. A long ball was played forward from the Currie defence and Alex Backler latched onto the ball, composed himself and fired into the top corner to bring Currie Star level.

Backler was beginning to look dangerous and he came close just before the end of the game as he met Ross McKinlay corner but his header hit the side netting.

This chance was the last of normal time as both sides went in level and the game went to extra time.

  • Full Time:
  • Currie Star
  • 3-3
  • Craigroyston
Extra time was more a midfield battle with very few chances created. The best chance of the first period fell to the dangerous Backler. Good work down the line from Alistair Holmes led to Backler receiving the ball however his snap shot went just over the bar. Not many more chances occurred throughout extra time; that was until injury time when Currie managed to snatch a late winner. A corner was delivered into the box and a massive scramble ensued. The goalkeeper and defender saved two initial efforts from the Currie forwards however Liam Cawley was helpless when Thomas Luff rifled the ball into the top corner to win the cup for Currie Star. This goal sparked jubilant scenes from the Currie Star players who looked certain to fall to a defeat after trailing by two goals after 25 minutes. However their determination and hard-work paid off as the fought well to come overcome the deficit and lift the Ian MacKay Cup.

Final Result: 4-3 AET


Currie Star
1. Fraser Mill
2. Austin Bradshaw
4. Ruari Shand
5. Thomas Luff
6. Nelson Egbule
7. Alex Backler
8. Calum Forman
9. Oluwatojuba Adebayo
10. Alastair Holmes
11. Ollie Doyle
12. Lewis Park
14. Louie St John
16. Tom Mulvagh
17. Mack Valentine
18. Ross McKinlay
19. Daniel Barclay
1. Liam Cawley
2. Dean Brammer
3. Jordan Nye
4. Blake Gibson
5. Brook Urquhart
6. Aaron Chambers
7. Jai Anthony
8. Abd-el Rahman
9. Ben Milligan
10. Kyle Finlayson
12. Sam Brown
14. Mark Walker
15. Aaron Dickson
16. Jason Baxter
17. Tommy Lee Sutherland
18. Kini Ravuravunisaki
Star Player
Currie Star
Currie's star man was their number nine Oluwatojuba Adebayo. He scored twice and led the line excellently and is well worthy of the award.
Craigroyston's star player has to be Kini Ravuravunisaki. He broke up play brilliantly in the middle of the park, won every tackle and as a result claims the award.
Magic Moment
Currie Star
Currie's magic moment has to be their last minute winner from Thomas Luff. The goal sparked wonderful celebrations as Currie knew that this would win them the cup.
Kyle Finlayson's goal is the magic moment for Craigroyston. He showed wonderful technique to lob the goalkeeper from the edge of the box and his goal was probably the pick of the game.
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