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First half master-class makes Bonnyton Scottish champions

Written by  Sven Houston
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 Bonnyton Thistle U19's
Whitburn FCA U19's
Competition: SYFA Challenge Cup Final
Venue: Excelsior Stadium
Date:  01/05/11
Authors: Sven Houston
Bonnyton Thistle produced a ruthless performance to beat Whitburn 5-1 in the SYFA Challenge Cup Final on Sunday afternoon.
First half goals from Mark Armour, Calum Watt, Brian Taylor and Greig Mitchell all but killed off the game in what was a tremendous first half performance. Calum Watt made it five just after the interval, before Christopher Purvis nodded in a consolation goal for Whitburn. 
Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium was the venue for this much anticipated final, featuring two sides in fine form. Whitburn started bright early on, with Michael Browne finishing off a fine counter attack with a shot that narrowly evaded the post. Slowly, however, Bonnyton began to impose themselves and took the lead in the 18th minute as Mark Armour’s header found the back of the net. 
Then on 35 minutes, Calum Watt doubled Bonnyton’s advantage with a fine solo effort. His run down the left allowed him to cut inside the box, initially attempting a cross but when the ball rebounded back to him he produced a cool finish via the right post and into the bottom corner.
If Whitburn were taken aback by the second goal, then the third two minutes later definitely took the wind out of their sales. A scramble in the box saw the ball cleared, but it fell to Bryan Taylor at 25 yards. The tricky midfielder took a touch before unleashing a low drive which flew into the bottom left corner. 
Whitburn were all at sea by this point, and seemed at loss as to how to deal with Bonnyton’s attacking play. The movement of striker Grieg Mitchell, backed by the intricate play of Mark Armour and Calum Watt was proving too much to handle. 
Two minutes later and the game was all but over, with Bonnyton being awarded a penalty kick.  Greig Mitchell, an impressive presence throughout, duly converted the spot kick to give his side an unlikely four goal margin.
Bonnyton continued to roll forward for the remainder of the half, producing some breath taking football at times. The forward trio of Armour, Mitchell and Grieg threatened time and time again – going close on several occasions.
Half Time: Bonnyton Thistle U19's 4 - 0 Whitburn FCA U19's
Any hopes of a Whitburn comeback were effectively ended just six minutes into the second half, when Calum Watt was played through the middle. The talented attacker bore down on goal before calmly rounding the keeper and slotting in his team’s fifth of the afternoon.
That goal settled the game, as Whitburn knew it was all over. They were, however, the better side for the last part of the game as Bonnyton took their foot off the gas. The likes of Ryan Meechan, Jordan Swan and Michael Browne were more than capable of challenging the solid Bonnyton defence. 
At the heart of said defence was Thomas O’Ware, who’s range of passing was something to behold. A solid defender, yet also blessed with tremendous vision and technique. 
The game then stopped for a lengthy period as Bonnyton’s Michale Armour took a nasty knock, and was stretchered off with a suspected dislocated knee. 
As the game drew to a close, Whitburn were pressing and were eventually rewarded for their efforts when Christopher Purvis put his head to a cross from the right to pull one back.
Based on their attacking efforts in the second half, it was nothing less than they deserved. Yet the game had been snatched away from the in the first half thanks to Bonnyton’s ferocious display.
The referee brought the tie to a close amid wild celebrations amongst the Bonnyton players and staff, whilst Whitburn were no doubt frustrated that their first half performance didn’t mirror that of the second period.
Bonnyton, however, produced a classy performance which was worthy of cup champions.
Full Time: Bonnyton Thistle U19's 5 - 1 Whitburn FCA U19's
 Bonnyton Thistle U19's
Whitburn FCA U19's
Christopher Murchie
Keir White
Graeme Anderson
Stuart Davidson
Thomas O’Ware
Callum Davidson
Calum Watt
Grieg Mitchell
Michael Lennox
Bryan Taylor
Mark Armour
Adam Alexander
Christopher McFadzean
Liam Middleton
Ryan Muir
Andrew Bargh
Mark MacArthur
Greg Marshall
Keir Stewart
Alistair Henderson
Ricki Lamie
Fraser Spence
Ross Morison
Michael Browne
Jordan Swan
Christopher Purvis
Liam Airley
Lee Graham
Ryan Meechan
Calum Krendler
Jack McWilliams
Grant MacLean
YFS Man of the Match: Calum Watt
YFS Man of the Match: Michael Browne
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