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Bonnyton on cloud nine with West Kilbride win

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Bonnyton Thistle Under 13s


West Kilbride Under 13s
Competition: SYFA Challenge Cup - Preliminary Round
Venue: Bonnyton Park, Kilmarnock 
Date:  04/09/2011
Author: Ross Mitchell
Bonnyton Thistle kicked off their game against West Kilbride looking to progress into the first round of the Scottish Youth FA Cup.
The home side looked to attack from the off.  A long ball from deep put Callum Ramsay through just inside the West Kilbride half.  The striker ran towards the box, got inside and got a shot away which was easily saved by West Kilbride’s keeper.
West Kilbride had a short spell of pressure of their own.  Ruairidh Lennie played in a cross from deep on the right wing towards Samuel Edwards.  The striker controlled the ball well and got his shot in which produced a good save from Bonnyton’s goalie.  West Kilbride continued to look for the opening goal with Ross Jack playing a through ball over the top of Bonnyton’s defence to put Fraser Murray clear on goal.  Instead of driving towards goal he took the shot early but it went wide.
Bonnyton took the lead 15 minutes into the game.  Scott Murray played Connor Hepburn in down the left hand side of the pitch, Hepburn got in a whipped cross to the back post where Grant McIntyre was able to finish well on the volley.  Bonnyton continued to attack after their goal.  The home team won a penalty after Connor Hepburn went on a long run and was brought down inside the area.  Hepburn took the kick himself, he powered the ball down the middle of the goal but Liam Cunningham made a good save to keep the score 1-0.
West Kilbride seemed to gain some momentum from their keeper’s save and were able to have the better of possession for the next few minutes without, however, creating many chances.  The best chance they did create came down their right wing and through Ruairidh Lennie.  The winger’s cross was dropped by Ben McGregor at the feet of Robbie Irvine who passed the ball across the goal towards Samuel Edwards.  Edwards got his toe to the ball and it looked like West Kilbride would be level but a brilliant save from McGregor kept Bonnyton ahead.
Bonnyton took the initiative again as the half neared its end.  Connor Hepburn won the ball on the edge of the West Kilbride box and played the ball to Jamie Knight who had loads of time and space.  Knight rocketed his shot into the roof of the net to increase the home team’s lead.  With the last attack of the half Bonnyton made it 3-0.  Jamie Knight played a through ball to Ethan Lennon on the right wing.  Lennon ran into the West Kilbride area and powered his shot into the goal.
At half time Bonnyton have been the slightly better team but a 3-0 scoreline flatters them greatly.  West Kilbride have created many chances and if they had taken just one of them the game would be massively different.  The only difference between the teams was that Bonnyton’s attackers were more ruthless in front of goal than West Kilbride’s forwards. 
Half Time:  Bonnyton Thistle 3 – 0 West Kilbride
West Kilbride kicked off the second half, looking to score the first goal of the half to give themselves a chance of getting anything from the game.
However, within the first five minutes of the second half Bonnyton went 4-0 up.  Jamie Knight played a chipped through ball to Dylan Miller, one of numerous substitutes at half time, who ran towards goal from the right wing.  Miller got inside the penalty area and finished his shot well of the far post.
The match was then stopped for 20 minutes shortly after the fourth goal.  Bonnyton’s Tony Sockell had badly injured his knee after going in for a tackle on the left wing.  The injury was so serious that an ambulance was called and as Sockell was taken away all his team mates looked worried about how hurt their friend was.
The game continued after both teams had warmed up again and West Kilbride had the first attack after the restart.  Aiden Smith was able to put Robbie Irvine through and Irvine got himself into the box.  Irvine got a powerful shot away which was well saved by Bonnyton’s keeper.
Bonnyton went on the attack again and were able to score a 5th.  Jai Houston picked the ball up inside his own half and went on a long run passed the West Kilbride defence and into the opposition’s box.  Houston finished the ball well into the corner of the net to cap off a brilliant run.  Houston added his second quickly afterwards after good work from Callum Riddick who was able to square the ball to Houston inside the West Kilbride box.  Houston’s shot was deflected into the opposite corner that he aimed for leaving the keeper with no chance.
Bonnyton continued to keep the pressure up and got their reward in the form of a 3rd goal in 10 minutes.  Jai Houston and Callum Riddick swapped places from the previous goal with Houston laying Riddick off inside the West Kilbride area.  Riddick finished well to increase
Bonnyton’s lead to 7-0.  Bonnyton were in total control of the game and were creating chances at will.  Jamie Knight scored his 2nd of the game when he picked the ball up on the left wing.  Knight cut in onto his right foot and was able to score a curling effort in the top corner.
The first time West Kilbride were able to get forward themselves they were rewarded with a penalty.  Ewan Leitch got into the area where he was tripped from behind to earn the penalty.  Leitch took the penalty himself and powered the ball down the middle of the goal, leaving the keeper no chance.
Bonnyton responded to losing their clean sheet by going on the attack again and they were given a penalty when Callum Riddick was fouled inside the area as he looked for another goal.  Jai Houston took the penalty, looking for his hat trick, and powered the ball into the corner of the goal.
The final attack of the game resulted in another goal and it went to the visitors.  Ewan Leitch got into the area and drove towards the by-line.  He tried to square the ball across towards the back post but Bonnyton’s keeper got a touch on it and it went into the net to give Leitch his, and West Kilbride’s, second goal of the game.
Bonnyton will be extremely pleased with the result and their performance – they played some nice football and have strikers who will score them lots of goals this season.  The result is very harsh on West Kilbride who played quite well themselves but were let down by poor finishing. 
Full Time:  Bonnyton Thistle 9 – 2 West Kilbride
Bonnyton Thistle Under 13s
West Kilbride Under 13s

1.  Ben McGregor (GK)
2.  Adam McKinnon
4.  Scott Murray
5.  Callum Ramsay
6.  Ethan Lennon
11.  Tony Sockell
12.  Connor Hepburn
14.  Jamie Knight
15.  Grant McIntyre
16.  Scott Duddy
17.  Kieran McDonald

7.  Callum Riddick
8.  Jai Houston
9.  Dylan Millar
13.  Callum McKinnon
19.  Kieron Hyslop 

1.  Liam Cunningham (GK)
2.  Lewis Gardiner
7.  Ewan Leitch
8.  Aiden Smith
9.  Samuel Edwards
10.  Fraser Murray
12.  Ruairidh Lennie
15.  Jake Mustoo
20.  Josiah Canter
21.  Ross Jack
25.  Robbie Irvine

13.  James Jack (GK)
6.  Kieran Byrne
11.  Ross Kindness

YFS Man of the Match: Jai Houston
YFS Man of the Match: Ewan Leitch
Referee: Russell Chisholm
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Ross Mitchell

Ross Mitchell | YFS South West Region Journalist
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