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United win narrowly at Dreghorn to keep alive cup dream

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Dreghorn Y.F.C.
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Dundee United S.C.
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U13 SYFA Challenge Cup - R3
St Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats
28/10/2012

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By Ross Mitchell
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In the Under 13s Scottish Cup Dreghorn hosted a strong Dundee United SC side in a tie which was always going to be close.  In the end, after a quick change of park from Greenwood Academy to St Matthew’s Academy, it was the visitors who went away the happier winning the tie by the game’s solitary goal.

I am going to blame the slow first half on the park change as nothing really happened in the opening period with both sets of players getting used to the grass surface rather than the 3G one at the other park.  Both teams, though, were fully committed and tackles were at a premium.

During the break the managers obviously had their say and the two teams came out firing on all cylinders.  The first action of the half saw United claiming for a penalty and had a good case from my view.  Darren McKay had rounded the keeper when he was brought down just before he rolled the ball home.  All his team mates looked to the referee who allowed play to continue much to their anger.    

The away side threatened again as Bruce Murray broke down the left wing.  He drove into the Dreghorn area and tried to lob the keeper who was only slightly off his line.  Dreghorn’s Christopher Taylor plucked the ball out of the air with ease.  

Murray was involved again shortly afterwards when he forced another good save from Taylor.  The attacker found space on the edge of the penalty area and smashed a shot goalwards.  He shot was brilliantly tipped round the post by the keeper for a corner which United took full advantage of.  The corner was whipped in from the left hand side into the six yard box.  The ball deflected off the keeper and into the net to open the scoring in the game.

United could have doubled their lead after good play from Darren McKay.  The attacker was released down the right hand channel and got himself to the byline.  He squared the ball across goal towards his team mate arriving at the back post but the ball was too far ahead of the arriving United player.

Dreghorn looked to get back into the game and  began to turn the screw.  Sean Crawford flicked the ball over a defender’s head on the edge of the area.  He then got a shot away from twenty yards out which was saved by United’s Jack Kerr.

United were able to finish as the better side and so, closed out the game with their win and clean sheet intact.  They were able to force a couple of chances though, which could have made their lives a little easier in the final few minutes.

Firstly, Bruce Murray got down the left wing and to the byline where he smashed the ball across the face of goal.  His cross flew passed everyone in the area and the chance went begging.  Murray also had the final chance of the game as he broke passed the Dreghorn defence.  He got into the box and tried to place his shot around the keeper who made a good save.

At full time, United won by a 1-0 scoreline.  Overall, United deserved their win as they created more chances than their hosts and could have had more goals on the day.  Dreghorn battled well but could not create enough to really trouble United.     
 
Full Time:  Dreghorn YFC 0 – 1 Dundee United SC  
 

Dreghorn Y.F.C. Dundee United S.C.
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1. Christopher Taylor (GK)
2. Lewis Clark
3. Mark McIntyre
4. Aidan Kane
5. Wiktor Szczegiel
6. Taylor Brown
7. Ben Kellington
8. Sean Wells (c)
9. Sean Crawford
18. Rhys Graham
20. Ryan Walker
21. Dario Nimmo
72. Jason Henry
88. Liam Rielly
99. Rhys McMail
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14. Jack Kerr (GK)
2. Jamie Balfour
3. Kiegan Rielly
4. Ryan Sandeman
5. Ben Russell
7. Ian Wylie
8. Bruce Murray
10. Darren McKay
11. Liam Gray
17. Ryan Smith
18. Connor Scott (c)
20. Andrew Balmer


 
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Today Dreghorn’s Man Of The Match goes to Dario Nimmo.  He was strong in midfield and got his challenges in well.  He always tried to get his team on the attack with passes that enabled his strikers and wingers to get on the ball and try and cause trouble.
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For United, Bruce Murray gets the Man Of The Match award.  He was a constant threat with his pace allowing him to win balls he had no right to get to.  He was able to set up chances for his team mates and hassled Dreghorn’s players while they were on the ball.
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