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Hurlford fight back to lift cup

Crosshouse BC Athletic 2

McGinty 20' Montgomery 29'

Hurlford BC 3

Bolland 38' 40' 56'
  • Saturday, 30 May 2015
  • Kilwinning Sports Club
  • Under 14´s
  • CAYFA Liz Ogilvie Cup final

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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Hurlford Boys Club celebrated a dramatic win in the Liz Ogilvie Under 14 Cup Final, and coming from two goals down to beat league champions Crosshouse will make victory taste all the sweeter.
 
In a highly competitive match Crosshouse seemed to have gained the upper hand, but the match turned in a five minute spell before the interval, as Hurlford forced an equaliser to gain the perfect half time boost.
 
Hurlford had the first opening on 5 minutes, Barry Davidson testing Rian Smith with a powerful run and shot.
 
At the other end Crosshouse looked dangerous every time they got striker Owen McGinty on the ball. After forcing a free kick save from Lauchlan Kirkland on 16 minutes, McGinty opened the scoring 4 minutes later.
 
Another free kick was awarded from 35 yards, and David Morrison's spectacular effort crashed off the bar, with McGinty on hand to bundle the ball home from close range. The champions had their noses in front.
 
Hurlford sought to get back in the game, and their best route to goal seemed through the runs of Davidson and Denver Bolland, but without really forcing a save from Smith in the Crosshouse goal.
 
The league champions soaked it up and seemed in full control, extending their lead on 29 minutes. This time a corner from the right caught the Hurlford defence napping as Jamie Montgomery headed home at the far post for number two.
 
The game could have been beyond Hurlford on 35 minutes as Jordan Moffat passed up a glorious chance with a free header in the box from Morrison's free kick.
 
Then, all of a sudden the game took a dramatic twist on 38 minutes, as Hurlford got themselves back into the match. An early through ball caught out the Crosshouse defence, and Bolland brought the ball down in the box to fire a low composed shot past Smith. The fight back was on.
 
It was enough to energise Hurlford, and they pushed forward as the half came to end. And sure enough, right on half time they were back on level terms. Adam Campbell fed the ball through to Lyon Kerr down the left, and his squared cross fell to Bolland for the easiest of tap ins. Hurlford might not have wanted the half to end but went into the break on the front foot.
  • Half Time:
  • Crosshouse BC Athletic
  • 2-2
  • Hurlford BC
After such a dramatic first half, the second half was more of a midfield scrap. With both sides evenly matched and knowing what was at stake the next goal would prove vital.
 
Crosshouse still threatened, particularly through McGinty's runs. He seemed to have laid the ball on a plate for Ong Duff on 50 minutes, but the header went just over the bar. Duff was again through a few minutes later but Kirkland was alert to block his shot. Crosshouse seemed to be building up the pressure.
 
But Bolland had other ideas and sealed his hat trick to give Hurlford a sensational lead on 56 minutes. From a corner swung in the striker leapt highest to angle a header into the far corner of the net.
 
It meant for a classic cup finale as Crosshouse poured forward looking for a goal. McGinley was sent through again down the left, but Reece O'Connor just couldn't finish off from his squared ball.
 
Crosshouse began to feel the frustration as the midfield battle raged with a number of stoppages suiting Hurlford as the clock ticked down. Moffat had one final chance for Crosshouse, blocked by the alert Kirkland before the referee blew for full time.
 
It sparked scenes of jubilation among the Hurlford players and bench. It was a cup final with everything, and a classic fight back which they will look back on with pride for years to come.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Crosshouse BC Athletic
  • 2-3
  • Hurlford BC

Lineups

Crosshouse BC Athletic
Hurlford BC
1. Rian Smith
3. David Scott
4. Jason Wilson
5. Rhys Miller
6. Jamie Manus
7. Jordan Moffat
8. Jordan Barclay
9. David Morrison
12. Reece O'Connor
14. Ong Duff
16. Nathan McInnes
18. Owen McGinty
19. Craig Archer
20. Jamie Montgomery
1. Lauchlan Kirkland
3. Kerr Fullarton
4. Lyon Kerr
5. Marcus Robertson
6. Ben Wilson
7. Barry Davidson
8. Taylor Crolla
11. Sean Barclay
12. Adam Campbell
14. Blair Taylor
15. Kieran Strawhorn
17. Denver Bolland
18. Jamie Young
19. Marc Wilson
20. Conner Murphy
Star Player
Crosshouse BC Athletic
Hurlford BC
Owen McGinty - provided the main danger up front for Crosshouse.
Denver Bolland - was the cup final hat trick hero for Hurlford.
Magic Moment
Crosshouse BC Athletic
Hurlford BC
Montgomery's headed goal seemed to have put Crosshouse in control.
Bolland's headed third turned out to be a cup final winner.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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