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Syngenta seal last eight place on penalties

Syngenta Juveniles 0

Currie Star FC 0

  • Sunday, 30 November 2014
  • Little Kerse
  • Under 17´s
  • Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup

Liam Dickson | YFS Central Region Journalist

A single shoot-out save from Kyle Fullerton was enough to see Syngenta Juveniles triumph over Currie Star and book their place in the sixth round of the Scottish Cup. 120 minutes couldn’t separate the teams in a tense and physical match that failed to produce a goal. Instead, it was Fullerton’s fantastic save low to his right to deny a well-struck Jake Henderson penalty that proved to be the difference between the teams.
 
It was a fitting conclusion to a tie that, from almost the first minute, had the making of a match that would take a moment of individual quality to settle. It was the away side that started the better of the two teams; their high intensity and high pressure meant that Syngenta were never able to settle into their rhythm and as such were limited in first half opportunities to a couple of set pieces that were comfortably dealt with by a commanding defence.
 
Rather, it was Currie who created what little goalmouth action there was in a stop start first half. Good play on the edge of the Syngenta box allowed Domenico Pacitti to get in behind the defence but he scuffed his right footed shot from an angle harmlessly across goal and behind.
 
Both Sean Watt and Jackson Barker saw long range efforts miss the target before positive play by Samer Lazim saw him deflect an attempted Fullerton clearance into the path of teammate Calum McDonald but his first time effort under pressure from 20 yards sailed over with the keeper stranded.
 
 
  • Half Time:
  • Syngenta Juveniles
  • 0-0
  • Currie Star FC
As the match resumed, Syngenta came out with a renewed energy, getting in and amongst Currie in much the same way their opponents had done in the first half. As a result, they looked a much more potent threat despite there still being little in the way of clear goal scoring opportunities. 
 
It took a fantastic last ditch block from Currie defender Calum Brown to deny an effort from substitute Lucas Dinis that was surely destined for the back of the net whilst at the other end, Currie rattled the crossbar from a corner with Aiden Quinn unable to direct the rebound on target.
 
A late long range effort from Syngenta standout Dominic Croy was the last bit of action as the referee brought to an end regulation time.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Syngenta Juveniles
  • 0-0
  • Currie Star FC
Both teams looked visibly tired in extra time as the wear and tear of a physical match took its toll, creating more time and space in the middle of the park, but whenever an attack showed signs of danger, the resolute defences quickly shut the door on any threat.

In fact, the only chance of note in extra time came when Currie substitute Henderson clipped the outside of the post with a low effort from range.

As the penalties that both teams appeared resigned too became a reality, Fullerton stepped up as Syngenta’s hero by saving Henderson’s first spot kick of the shoot-out. After that it was up to teammates William Picken, Scott Munro, Dominic Croy, Ryan Laidlaw and Jordan McKean to convert, which they all duly did to ensure Syngenta will be in the hat for the next round.

Lineups

Syngenta Juveniles
Currie Star FC
1. Kyle Fullerton
2. Blair Philips
3. Jordan McKean
4. Jack Henderson
6. Ryan Laidlaw
7. Michael Ross
8. Dominic Croy
11. Scott Munro
12. Liam Dillon
14. Hamish Anderson
15. Lucas Dinis
17. William Picken
1. Callum Thompson
2. Calum Brown
3. Domenico Pacitti
4. Jackson Barker
5. Jack Blaney
6. Liam Hutchison
7. Daniel Jardine
8. Calum McDonald
9. Dominic Kane
10. Arran Singh
11. Sean A Watt
12. Philip Blaney
14. Jake Henderson
15. Aidan Quinn
17. Donnie Campbell
19. Samer Lazim
Star Player
Syngenta Juveniles
Currie Star FC
Despite not having to make a great deal of saves, Kyle Fullerton was a commanding presence in the Syngenta goal.
Defender Aidan Quinn was a wall at the back. Absolutely nothing got past him he can count himself unfortunate to be on the losing team.
Magic Moment
Syngenta Juveniles
Currie Star FC
Undoubtedly Kyle Fullerton’s penalty save. Jake Henderson must still be wondering how he didn’t score.
The team’s fantastically high energy performance was epitomised by Samer Lazim chasing down a seemingly lost cause, forcing Kyle Fullerton in the Syngenta goal into a rare mistake and creating one of the few opportunities of the first half for teammate Calum McDonald.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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