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Cup final comeback inspires Crosshouse victory

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Craigie Colts Under 14s
Crosshouse BC Under 14s
Competition: CAYFA League Cup - Final
Venue: Kilwinning Sports Club
Date: 13/05/2012
Author: Robert McCracken
Crosshouse BC emerged as League Cup champions after extra time in a battle against not only their opponents but the elements at Kilwinning Sports Club.
It was clear from the outset that the driving wind and rain was only going to make the challenge that lay ahead of both teams all the more difficult. It was Crosshouse, with the wind at their backs, which started brightest. Kyle Gilroy and Erin Cuthbert linking up well on the right and a wicked cross had nobody to meet it.
It was clear that Craigie were struggling to adapt to the conditions and Crosshouse pressed on, their free-kick from 25 yards should have caused no danger, but the swirling wind played havoc with the strike and the ball rattled the post. Moments later the post denied them again, this time a well struck dipping volley from Stuart Shek causing the problems.
It was a matter of time before the goal came, and the pressure from Crosshouse paid off. A cross from the left met the towering Graeme Condon who got his head onto the ball to nod it into the net, giving Crosshouse the lead just before half time.
Half Time: Craigie Colts 0-1 Crosshouse BC
Craigie came out for the second half revitalised, no longer playing  facing the almost gale force winds. Tactically they looked sharper, playing with such a high back line their defence were camped around the centre circle. This paid off quickly when Ben Gibson equalised. His free-kick took an awkward bounce before going through Robbi Wilson’s arms and into the Crosshouse goal.
As the conditions in Ayrshire worsened it was clearly taking its toll on the players as the game became sluggish and in danger of becoming bogged down in midfield. Despite the best efforts of the Crosshouse midfielders Graeme Condon and Erin Cuthbert – both of whom were excellent throughout – to keep the ball moving their teammates seemed to be on a different wavelength for portions of this half.
With full time approaching, Craigie took the lead in bizarre circumstances. Kieran Glass lined up a corner on the right hand side, with his teammates jostling for position in the box his cross sailed over them all and drifted into the net. A truly freak goal, but Craigie didn’t care –  they’d scored a cup final goal with teen minutes to play.
Moments after the restart Crosshouse stung Craigie. A pinpoint pass from the fantastic Erin Cuthbert landed at the feet of Kieran McLaughlin who provided an excellent cross for Connor Brown to head in the equaliser. Some excellent team play, straight out the Total Football textbook.
Full Time: Craigie Colts 2-2 Crosshouse BC
In extra time the Craigie defence marshalled by Ross Steele, who had coped admirably with the dynamic Kieron McLaughlin until now seemed to come undone. McLaughlin’s movement causing real rouble at the back dragged the defence apart allowing Connor Brown to find time to score his second; shooting from an impossible angle his strike bounced off the far post and crossed the line, restoring the Crosshouse lead.
Craigie didn’t lie back but the extra time seemed too much for them as in the second period the acceleration of Brown allowed him in behind the defence after McLaughlin played him in, he calmly slid the ball under the goalkeeper to put the game beyond doubt.
Final Result: Craigie Colts 2-4 Crosshouse BC (AET)
Craigie Colts Under 14s
Crosshouse BC Under 14s
18.  Robbi Wilson               
4.  Ross Steele                                                                    
5.  Jamie Dunlop                                                                
6.  Kieran Glass                                                                  
7.  Clarke Boon                                                   
8.  Ian Rankin                                                                      
9.  Jordan Mclarty                                                               
10. Robbie Esquierdo                                        
11. Aiden Lynch                                                                  
12. Ben Gibson                                                                   
14. Jordan Baird
15. Alexander Bell
16. Barron Mitchell
17. Kyle Watson
1.     Louis Kerr
2.     Kyle Gilroy
3.     Sean Sweeney
4.     Scott Gibson
5.     Aidan Wilson
6.     Stuart Shek
7.     Erin Cuthbert
8.     Graeme Condon
9.     Connor Brown
10.   Kieron McLaughlin
11.   Cameron Lonie
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Referee: J. Prentice
Givova UK Man of the Match: Kieron McLaughlin
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Robert McCracken

Robert McCracken | YFS South West Region Journalist
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