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Edusport Express keeps rolling on with Sons victory

Dumbarton FC 2

Noble 55, Trialist 75

Edusport Academy 5

Payerne 15, 51, Bechairia 28, Blain 45, Lerbet 71
  • Tuesday, 05 November 2013
  • Toryglen Regional Football Centre
  • Under 21´s
  • Friendly

Rob McCarry | YFS West Region Journalist
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Fireworks were scheduled for both on and off the park this Guy Fawkes Night as classy French development side Edusport took on a Dumbarton outfit that still harboured promotion ambitions in this midweek friendly at Toryglen
A number of formers Hibs stars would be lighting up the touchlines as well tonight with three of their ex-players amongst the coaching staff for both teams. Guillaume Beuzelin had been very pleased with his fellow francophones transition to Scottish having beaten youth sides from Motherwell and Airdrie 9-0 and 5-2 respectively in their opening encounters whilst in charge of the Sons were Ian Murray and Colin Nish who saw this fixture as the perfect chance to run the rule over a number of trialists who were hoping to break into a side lingering just outside the Championships play off places.
Wet and wild though it was both sides were clearly looking to make an impression and the crowd in attendance were sure to be treated to a November to remember as we got under way, Dumbarton looking solid and efficient at the back and in midfield making the majority of the running but the younger French side were clearly a talented bunch and it was they who would have the best of the early chances.
Left back Yoann Bechairia was lively down the wing and proved too much for his marker in the early going as he fed the ball in to Clement Payerne but his eventual shot was wild and wide although Loic Leroy was far more accurate moments later when making half a yard of space for himself swivelled and shooting hard towards the top corner where only a fine two handed save by Stephen Grindlay in the Dumbarton goal kept the sides level.
The deadlock would be broken by Payerne soon after though as he was sent clean through on goal via a scintillating pass from the back cutting out the entire defence to leave him one on one with Grindlay, patiently waiting him out before calmly tucking the ball under him for the opening goal on the quarter hour.
Dumbarton looked to hit back rapidly and broke down the left with Kevin Smith cutting the ball back for Nicky Phinn to deliver his side’s first strike on goal but it failed to trouble Anthony Bal between the posts and the chance to equalise was missed.
Edusport were now beginning to show the kind of form that had seen them score 14 goals in their opening two matches and efforts by Amir Derradji, Jordan Orain and Maxence Rochoy would come close to doubling their sides advantage but it would be Bechairia who fulfilled his early promise after outpacing his opposite number yet again and enjoyed some superb interplay with Leroy who took two touches before setting his team-mate free in the box where his shot was tipped on to the post by Grindlay but inevitably span over the line to make it 2-0 inside half an hour.
The final action of the half would be created by Payerne who this time turned provider and skilfully stepped away from the challenges of Dumbarton’s defender’s before sliding the ball across the six yard box where Anthony Blain couldn’t help but score his side's third as we headed into the break.
  • Half Time:
  • Dumbarton FC
  • 0-3
  • Edusport Academy

Although outscored in the opening period Dumbarton were still full of running and coach Murray would have been pleased with what he saw for the most part. However the introduction of new blood in the second half wouldn’t be enough to stem the red tide that had overran his team and with five minutes of the restart his side were under the cosh yet again.
Payerne once more the cause of the home side’s consternation as he cleverly beat the offside trap to receive Maxence Rockoy's pass before rounding the stranded goalie and tucking the ball home for his second of the game.
However it would be unfair to the side in gold to go away tonight empty handed and their courageous play would finally be rewarded when Andy Noble gathered the ball inside the box and intelligently stroked the ball between the legs of the outrushing Bal to reduce the deficit to three.
The advantage would be restored soon after though when delicate interplay between Moulet and Gianluc Honore would see the former play in second half substitute Antoine Lerbet whose smart finish made it five for his team on the night.
The final action of the game would be delivered but one of the trialist Ian Murray was so keen to get a look at in this game when a player referred to on the team sheet that as simply Finlay rose above everyone else on the edge of the box to connect beautifully with a free kick and send the ball looping past the bewildered goalkeeper from nearly 18 yards out.
That would be the end of the scoring for this evening as the teams played out the remainder of the match evenly before both players and coaches exchanged handshakes and pleasantries at the final whistle and while Edusport may have been the happier of tonight’s combatants with the result both sets of coaches will have seen elements that bode well for their sides futures.
  • Full Time:
  • Dumbarton FC
  • 2-5
  • Edusport Academy


Dumbarton FC
Edusport Academy

1 Stephen Grindlay
2 Jack Ross
3 Alan Dean
4 Ian Murray
5 Matthew Devine
6 Scott Agnew
7 Steven McDougall
8 Nicky Phinn
9 Kevin Smith
10 Andy Noble
11 Josh Lumsden
12 Ally McKerracher
13 Chris Martin
14 Andrew Biddup
15 Gerry Lundy
16 Trialist

1 Anthony Bal
2 Amir Derradji
3 Yoann Bechairia
4 Malik Boukerche
5 Jordan Orain
6 Maxence Rochoy
8 Florian Moulet
9 Clement Payerne
10 Anthony Blain
11 Loic Leroy
12 Gianluc Honore
16 Julio Tonelle
17 Jacques Petro Guasco
18 Redouanne Achouet
24 Antoine Lerbert
27 Thibault Pouchot

Star Player
Dumbarton FC
Edusport Academy
Andy Noble was a constant menace in attack and his well taken finish in the second half was just reward for the effort he'd put into the game.
With two goals and an assist it would be a hard man who failed to recognise Clement Payerne's contribution although Bechairia ran him close based on sheer workload.
Magic Moment
Dumbarton FC
Edusport Academy
The interplay between Bechairia and Leroy for the second goal was simply sublime and wouldn't have looked out of place on any park in the country.
The salmon like leap and thumping header of the young trialist will have done his chances of gaining a more permanent role no harm at all.
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