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Another Bonny final victory for Thistle

Written by  Paul Elliott
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Bonnyton Thistle Under 19s
Linwood Rangers Under 19s
Competition: Glasgow and District Cup
Venue: Toryglen
Date: 27/05/2012
Author: Paul Elliott
Bonnyton Thistle vs Linwood RangersThe Glasgow and District Cup Final between Bonnyton Thistle and Linwood Rangers was a fascinating contest. In the most extreme heat it was Bonnyton who eventually lifted the trophy after an entertaining and engaging cup final at Toryglen.

The sun was blazing and the heat was rising but both sides were raring to go prior to kick off. The game began at pace with Bonnyton having more success at stringing together a fluent passing game, Linwood however were defending well with an organised backline.

It was Bonnyton who made the first real opening of the match when Ryan McKie, on the edge of the box, found Stuart Walker who whipped a right footed snap-shot prompting a great save by Linwood’s keeper, Ryan Ritchie, with his legs. It was an instinctive save from an equally instinctive shot to keep the honours even in the early stages.

Bonnyton were on the attack again soon after when Stuart Davidson sent a lovely ball over the top of the Linwood defence for the advancing Ryan McKie. McKie attempted to lob the keeper from a tight angle but the ball landed on the wrong side of the post and bounced out for a goal kick.

McKie looked in the mood and then set on a powerful run through the middle of the park before sliding a pass through the defence for Greig Mitchell who then rattled the base of the post.

McKie and Edward McTernan were linking up very well for Bonnyton and Stuart Walker was proving a nuisance on the right wing. Linwood however began to force their way back into the game in an attacking sense, starting from when Jamie Reid won the ball 30 yards from goal and immediately let fly, his shot skidded past the post with the Bonnyton keeper scrambling along his six yard line.

Reid was proving himself a more than adequate out-ball for Linwood; he holds it up well and is capable of bringing others into the game before running into dangerous spaces. Further to that, Zak Mowatt was starting to get a grip of the game in midfield for Linwood and his composure was a catalyst for the Linwood resurgence as the half wore on.

With Linwood back in the game, it was Bonnyton who nearly snuck the opening goal when McTernan's shot was redirected by Mitchell, prompting a miraculous save by Ryan Ritchie when the ball could so easily have gone in. Mowatt then picked up the ball in midfield for Linwood and stroked a lovely pass down the left flank for Kyle Robin who then turned the full back, before picking out Jamie Reid at the far post. The cross was slightly above the little striker and his header looped over the bar, letting Bonnyton off the hook.

Shortly later, Jamie Reid received the ball near the halfway line and then sent Andrew MacFarlane running towards goal with the Bonnyton defence at his heels. Chris Murchie was out like a shot and smothered the danger before MacFarlane could get a toe to the ball.

Linwood then had a goal chopped off for offside as the game opened up towards the end of the half with both sides toiling in the blazing heat. The last chance of the half fell to Bonnyton when a set-piece led to a 30 yard cannon by Stuart Davidson booming just over the bar.
With a half time score of 0-0 it was entertaining stuff regardless of the stalemate and the conditions.
Half Time: Bonnyton Thistle Under 19s 0-0 Linwood Rangers Under 19s
Bonnyton Thistle vs Linwood RangersWhen the second half got underway, Linwood’s Jamie Reid more or less picked up where he left off by working his socks off and proving in general to be a thorn in the side of the Bonnyton defence. When he won his team a free kick in a dangerous position, it was taken by Niall Ferguson who picked out Mark Scott rising at the far post, his bullet header stung the palms of the Bonnyton keeper who did well to hold the ball with Reid ready to pounce for Linwood.

Less than a minute later Bonnyton opened the scoring. A rasping shot came in from the left wing and Ryan Ritchie could only parry it towards the penalty spot. Bonnyton’s Mitchell, who had been left on the deck by the change of direction of the ball following Ritchie’s save, managed to spin round on the ground and toe the ball over the line. It was a superbly improvised finish to put Bonnyton 1-0 ahead.

Mitchell  nearly struck his and Bonnyton’s second when a guilt edged opportunity came his way on the edge of the six yard box, but this time his improvised kneed effort ended up over the bar.

Then a moment of genius from Stuart Walker gave Bonnyton their second goal of the game. Walker single headedly worked his way into the Linwood box and crafted an opening for a powerful right foot shot. Ryan Ritchie did well to save the initial effort but the ball rebounded to Walker who made no mistake with his second shot, which nestled nicely in the bottom left-hand corner of the net. 2-0.

Linwood issued the perfect response to Bonnyton’s second goal by marching up the park and pulling one back. A corner kick arrowed towards the far post and was nodded back across the goal by Christopher Meikle towards the head of Christopher Davidson, who headed home. Meikle had to be subbed due to a facial injury suffered during his assist but deserves enormous credit for the bravery that led to the goal. 2-1.

Bonnyton were reduced to wild long range efforts from Michael Lennox as the searing heat began to take its toll once again. Then a quick move, out of nowhere, sent Walker on his way before he found the right boot of  Mitchell who prompted yet another top save by Ryan Ritchie in the Linwood goal.

Linwood were clearly tired in the closing stages and Bonnyton’s Ryan McKie had enough in the tank to skip past a couple of tired challenges before squaring the ball to the unmarked Mitchell, hovering at the far post, to tap it home and etch Bonnyton’s name on yet another trophy this season.

Linwood had one final effort with the last kick of the game when Niall Ferguson forced the keeper to touch a low shot round the post but it was Bonnyton who won the game 3-1 and took the trophy home with them to add to the collection.
Full Time: Bonnyton Thistle Under 19s 3-1 Linwood Rangers Under 19s
Bonnyton Thistle Under 19s
Linwood Rangers Under 19s
1. Chris Murchie
2. Graeme Anderson
3. Mark Armour
4. Andrew Bargh
5. Stuart Davidson
6. Michael Lennox
7.Stuart Walker
8. Ryan McKie
9. Greig Mitchell
10. Edward McTernan
11. Craig Patterson
12. David Stevenson
14. Andrew Stratchan
16. Callum Watt
17. Keir White
18. Peter Wood
1. Andrew Stark
3. James Usher
4. Mark Scott
5. Staurt Brown
6. Kyle Robin
7. Jamie Ried
8. Shaun McArthur
9. Christopher Davidson
10. Darren Lamont
11. Andrew MacFarlane
12. Allan Kelly
13. Scott Taylor
14. Christopher Maikle
15. Callum McArthur
16. Nicky Baird
17. Zak Mowatt
19. Mark Freeburn
20. Ryan Ritchie
21. Niall Ferguson
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