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Glenafton Athletic secure trophy in edgy affair

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Irvine Youth Under 16s
Glenafton Athletic Under 16s
Competition: Wallace Gemmell Trophy - Final
Venue: Dam Park, Ayr
Date: 22/04/2012
Author: Robert McCracken
Glenafton secured the Wallace Gemmell trophy after a nervy match against Irvine Youth on a glorious Ayrshire day – very fitting as the trophy’s namesake was an intrinsic figure in Ayrshire Youth football.
It was clear that both teams knew what was at stake in this cup tie as both teams struggled to settle in the opening minutes of the match. Glenafton were stronger in the midfield to start, particularly thanks to Ben Cowley – the imposing midfielder controlled Glenafton’s play in the opening exchanges. Irvine looked short of ideas and despite the best efforts of Deklyn Cartledge on the right wing they could not make any impact in the final third.
Fifteen minutes in Glenafton took the lead in bizarre fashion. A cross from the left floated into the box and evaded everyone, including Irvine ‘keeper Kyle McLelland, before the ball was put into the net by one of Irvine’s own players.
Irvine won themselves a couple of corners soon after but failed to make them pay against the more physical Glenafton side who had the advantage in the air.
Glenafton then went two ahead when Ross Allan’s 18yard snap shot left Kyle McClelland with no chance.
This seemed to spur Irvine into life as the team finally seemed to be on the same wavelength, improved touch and vision in the midfield led to the troublesome Dekyln Cartledge firing narrowly over from 20 yards out as his side made progress in Glenafton’s half.
The whistle came at the right time for the leading side as Irvine looked the most threatening in the final stages of the half.
Half Time: Irvine Youth Under 16s 0-2 Glenafton Athletic Under 16s
Irvine were able to carry their momentum over into the second half and after only five minutes they clawed one back. Jim Anderson spilled a shot in the Glenafton goal and Lewis Blair followed in for Irvine to score with ease.
Glenafton Athletic looked on the back-foot as the trailing side gained confidence from their goal. Irvine pressed Glenafton very well in the midfield allowing the influential Cowley less time on the ball than the first half where he dictated the play. In spite of this the hard tackling midfielder underpinned much of his side’s play and had he not been there it may have been a very different story for Glenafton.
Irvine were then seemingly gifted a chance when Jima Anderson fumbled a shot allowing Irvine a shot on an open goal, however the referee believed the Glenafton ‘keeper was fouled and pulled play back.
The fortunes of the sides had changed in this half and in the closing moments Deklyn Cartledge who had troubled the Glenafton defence all day , evaded two challenges and skipped towards goal. His shot zipped across the face of goal and not far wide of the post. Irvine’s day was essentially summed up in this moment – they done everything they could but could not find that all important second goal.
Irvine ultimately paid the price for a poor opening 20 minutes of football despite outplaying their opponents for much of the second half. The Wallace Gemmell Trophy was hoisted high by Glenafton Athletic after their hard battling performance saw them edge out their opponent at Dam Park.
Full Time: Irvine Youth Under 16s 1-4 Glenafton Athletic Under 16s
Irvine Youth Under 16s
Glenafton Athletic Under 16s
1. Kyle McClelland
3. Dylan Kirk                                                                        
4.  Ben Lochead 
6. Ryan Lawson
7. Ross McCrae (C)
9. Reece Geals
10. Deklyn Cartledge
11. Scott Stenhouse
12. Lewis Blair
14. Darren McIntyre
15. Dale Clark                                     
2. Matthew Wylie
17. Marc Gardiner
16. Lewis Neilson
1. Jim Anderson
3. Robbie Crolley
4. Klark Thomson
5. Craig Dick
8. Murray Mcleod
14. Steve McKee
15. Ryan Scott
17. Beni Cowley
18. Ross Allan
19. Ben Mcseveny
20. Chris Vane
2. Ross Carmichael
6. Scott McHallam
7. Dylan Bunter
9. Adam McSkimming
11. Jordan Telfer
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Givova UK Man of the Match: Deklyn Cartledge
Referee: Scott Sturgeon
Givova UK Man of the Match: Beni Cowley
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Robert McCracken

Robert McCracken | YFS South West Region Journalist
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