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Kellington double sends Dreghorn into final

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Dreghorn YFC
Glenafton BC
Ben Kellington 20, 58
Connor Jackson 22


U13 James Young Cup - SF
Springside Primary School

Ross Mitchell

By Ross Mitchell
YFS South-West Region Reporter
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On Saturday morning Dreghorn and Glenafton battled it out for a place in the James Young Memorial Cup final.  The match was always going to be tight with only 3 points separating the sides in the league.  In the end it was Dreghorn who won by a solitary goal to give them the chance of silverware later on in the season.

Both sides began the game strongly – Dreghorn had the majority of the ball in the opening exchanges but Glenafton stood strong and did not allow their hosts to create any chances early on.

The first attack of note provided the opening goal of the game and it went to the home side.  Ben Kellington picked the ball up around the half way line.  He drove passed Glenafton’s midfield and got some space around twenty-five yards from goal.  Kellington looped a left footed shot towards goal and it finished out of the keeper’s reach to give his side the lead.

Two minutes later saw the equaliser as Glenafton scored with their first chance of the game.  The goal came from persistent play from Connor Jackson who chased down a long ball to win it before the defender could clear it.  Jackson then drove into the penalty area where he was able to keep his cool and finish well to level the scores.

The final chance of the half went to Dreghorn and it came from a free kick.  Aidan Kane took the set piece and shot from twenty-five yards out.  His shot was fumbled by Glenafton’s keeper allowing attackers to get on the rebound but Sean Wells could not get his effort on target.

At half time, the score was level at 1 – 1.  Like the scoreline, the game was very even with Dreghorn beginning the better side by keeping the ball well but they were unable to create the chances that their possession warranted.  Glenafton finished the half the better side as they created a number of half-chances after getting their equaliser.      

Half Time:  Dreghorn YFC 1 – 1 Glenafton BC   
At the beginning of the second half Dreghorn looked to get the goal that would edge them ahead in the match.  They pressed high up the park and this lead to the first opportunity of the half.  A loose ball was picked up on the edge of the area and the ball was played to Aidan Kane.  The attacker turned well and poked a shot towards goal from the edge of the box and it forced a great save from Glenafton’s Callum Taylor.  Dreghorn continued to press and an almost identical chance presented itself, this time it was Ben Kellington who got the shot away.  His effort hit the post and bobbled back into play.

Kellingston was involved again moments later when the home side were able to get themselves back into the lead.  A long ball from the right back area was won by Kellington on the edge of the area.  He got himself inside the area and was able to slip the ball passed the onrushing keeper to make the score 2 – 1.

Glenafton responded well and nearly equalised from a free kick on their right hand side.  The ball was crossed in and half-cleared by the Dreghorn defence.  The ball ran to the edge of the area where Aiden Dingwall was able to get a shot away which finished just wide of the hosts’ goal.

As the game came to a close Dreghorn had the chance to put the result beyond doubt.  A cross was put into the area from the left wing and Jason Henry won the header inside the area.  His effort rebounded off the post and was then cleared.

The game finished 2 – 1 to Dreghorn and they will go onto the place Ayr Boswell in the James Young Memorial Cup final.  This match was very even with both sides having their spells of dominance.  The only thing between the two sides really was that Dreghorn kept the ball better than their opponents but other than that the two sides were an even match.
Full Time:  Dreghorn YFC 2 – 1 Glenafton BC

Dreghorn YFC Glenafton BC
1.  Christopher Taylor (GK)
2.  Lewis Clark
3.  Mark McIntyre
4.  Aidan Kane
6.  Taylor Brown
7.  Ben Kellington
8.  Sean Wells
9.  Sean Crawford
10.  Rhys Graham
12.  Darren Moffat
20.  Ryan Walker
72.  Jason Henry
88.  Liam Rielly
89.  Sam Rennick
99.  Rhys McMail. 

1.  Dylan Canniffe (GK)
2.  Christopher Hunter
3.  Sam Harvey
4.  Ryan Berry
5.  Shaun Brady
6.  Luke Colville
7.  Brandon Wallace
8.  Greg Scott
9.  Liam McGinn
10.  Reid Wilson
11.  Marty McLeod
12.  Callum Laird
14.  Aiden Dingwall
15.  Finlay Lang
16.  Connor Jackson
17.  David Holland
18.  Greg Leitch
19.  Callum Gault
99.  Callum Taylor (GK)
For the home side I am giving Ben Kellington the Man Of The Match award.  He scored both of his side's goals and was a constant threat throughout the day.
Christopher Hunter wins the Man Of The Match award for Glenafton.  He was always looking to create chances for his side when on the ball and was good at winning the ball back for his side.
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