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KSC Academicals 2

McPherson 14, Malcolm 60

Clark Drive 2

Johnston (OG) 18, Toner 41
  • Saturday, 16 September 2017
  • Kilwinning Sports Club
  • Under 14´s
  • West of Scotland League

On a bitterly cold and wet Saturday morning, it was third bottom versus bottom of the West of Scotland under 14’s league, with both KSC Academicals and Clark Drive searching for their first points of the season.

Accies took first blood in a game where both teams consistently cancelled each other out. Although their opponents turned the game on its head by taking a 2-1 lead in the second half before KSC equalised with just 10 minutes remaining.

With neither side on good form and without a solitary point, a tight match was always on the cards.

Both sides struggled to keep the ball and create any meaningful chances in the early stages, and despite the four goals this would be the recurring theme of the game.

Clark Drive sparked the game into life though on 13 minutes when their pacey winger Peter Millar broke through the Accies defence on the right side of the box, however he only managed to find the side net with his powerful strike on the angle.

A minute later though, Accies found the breakthrough. Quick thinking from a free kick at the halfway mark seemed to cause a bit of panic in the Clark Drive backline as they failed to deal with the floated ball into the box. John McPherson picked up the loose ball, knocked it past his marker and rounded Aiden Carson to finish, giving his side the lead.

Clark Drive quickly settled after this setback and cancelled out the Accies lead after just four minutes. Aiden Campbell received the ball on the right wing – he drove at the Accies defence before eventually reaching the byeline, but his cross was turned into his own goal by Rudi Johnston as he attempted to head the ball over the crossbar.

As the first half wore on, both teams appeared happy to go into the break level as neither really pushed on for a second.

Andrew Toner and Peter Aitken were impressive in breaking up play and driving with the ball for Clark Drive, as the midfielders tried to carve open more opportunities for their side.

  • Half Time:
  • KSC Academicals
  • 1-1
  • Clark Drive

After the interval, the visitors piled on the pressure in an attempt to take the lead for the first time in the game.

The ball was played up the right towards Toner who gathered it and faced his markers trying to tackle him. Then, Tom Rogic-esque, he fainted one way, went the other to beat two men and on his left foot just inside the box, he fired a low shot into the far bottom corner to make it 2-1 Clark Drive.

Evidently confident after his first, Toner decided to try his luck again moments after however his shot went narrowly over the bar with what would’ve been a terrific left footed goal.

The onus was then on Accies to search for an equaliser, but they struggled in periods of the game to create any clear cut chances, with Clark Drive continuing to put in last ditch tackles and clear the ball to safety.

Accies did come close with a free kick though on 51 minutes, however Carson was able to beat away Alexander Burns’ curling effort from about 20 yards.

Accies persisted in playing the ball out wide for Striker Shea Boyd to chase onto, and with 10 minutes remaining their attacking pressure paid off. The play was over on the left side of the field, and after some scrapping to win possession, right on the edge of the box, Ross Malcolm hit a snap-shot on his left which nestled nicely into the bottom right corner of Carson’s goal, going under the keeper in the process.

With the game now entering the dying embers, another goal would’ve meant victory for either side.

Accies certainly looked the more likely, and they very nearly did steal all three points. The ball bounced back to Malcolm about 25 yards from goal, and he unleashed a thunderous strike which from the side-lines looked destined to be a goal.  However, Clark Drive’s Carson fully stretched above his head to tip the goal bound shot onto the bar, with his defence on hand to hook the loose ball clear.

Soon after Malcolm’s last gasp effort, the referee blew for full time in what was a vital point for both teams to get off the mark for the season.

With neither side playing better than the other, a draw was a fair result and both sets of players showed good fight and determination to try and create chances as well as protect themselves from any danger of conceding.

  • Full Time:
  • KSC Academicals
  • 2-2
  • Clark Drive

Lineups

KSC Academicals
Clark Drive
14. Warren Abel
21. Shea Boyd
7. Alexander Burns
1. Lewis Coleman
19. Rudi Johnston
Blake Leishman
20. Deryn Lindsay
6. Ross Malcolm
18. James McIntee
3. Murray Mcleish
15. John McPherson
10. Callum Scott
17. Matthew Scott
5. Callum Taylor
1. Aiden Carson
2. Aiden Hill
3. Taylor Henderson
4. Jack Williams
5. Noah McArthur
6. Peter Millar
7. Aiden Campbell
8. Josh Gibson
9. Derryn MacGregor
10. Ben Gibson
11. Kieran McCabe
12. Andrew Toner
14. Kenzie Stewart
15. Paul Linton
16. Peter Aitken
Star Player
KSC Academicals
Clark Drive
Malcolm impressed in the middle of the park, putting in a lot of robust challenges to prevent Clark Drive from closing in on the Accies goal. His effective performance was capped off with scoring the leveller.
Andrew Toner was the standout for his side, with his close control particularly impressive, as well as his ability to drive at defenders and hold opponents off.
Magic Moment
KSC Academicals
Clark Drive
Malcolm’s equaliser was the moment of the match for Accies as they searched to get a well earned point against their rivals. A difficult finish from a fair distance, it was a fine way to level the game.
Without a shadow of a doubt, when Toner went on a mazy run down the right in the second half, which resulted in putting his side 2-1 up in the game with a good low and hard finish. As mentioned previously, one Celtic’s Tom Rogic would’ve been proud of.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
Last modified on Monday, 18 September 2017 18:00
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