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Valspar on top in top of the table clash with Caledonian Youth

Written by  Valspar

 

Caledonian Youth
 vs
Valspar
 
 
 
Under 16's CAYFA League
 
18 January 2015
 
 
 
After deliberating whether the game would go ahead on a hard frost covered pitch the game finally kicked off around half an hour late after the referee deemed the pitch to be playable.
 
Caley and Valspar sat at the top of the Central League with a 4 point gap so this was a key game for Valspar to get back to within 1 point, but they would have to get a win at their bogey ground which hasn't been a happy hunting ground over the past few years for them.
 
With conditions difficult under foot both teams tried to keep the ball on the ground and keep the play flowing with Valspar taking the upper hand early on in the first half, the first goal came after twenty minutes with excellent play in midfield by Valspar centre mid Fraser Dempsey making a defence splitting pass to Miguel McIntosh who turned a defender and buried a shot across the keeper into the right hand side top corner, 1-0 to Valspar.
 
Valspar continued to put keep the pressure on Caley for the next ten minutes with a couple of chances and some good attacking play.
 
The last ten minutes of the half Caley came back into the game when Valspar started to retreat deeper into their own half, set plays were causing some problems with a large aerial threat from a couple of the Caley players but the Valspar defence stood strong and were solid throughout with stand in keeper Ryan McCrone showing a safe pair of hands when called into action.
 
Half Time : Caledonian Youth 0-1 Valspar
 
The second half started in frantic fashion with both teams looking for the next goal, again Valspar took the initiative again and went close with a Fraser Dempsey free kick which brought an excellent save from the Caley keeper, next Declan Hughes had a couple of chances that were just past the post.
 
The next chance however was taken by Declan who confidently ran onto a through ball by Ryan Speirs which split the Caley defence and Declan shot low into the left hand corner across the diving Caley keeper.
 
Caley again came back strong for the next ten minutes but the Valspar defence was dealing with anything that was thrown at them, a nervous moment came when a pass back from Lewis Hannah was handled by the Valspar keeper, an indirect free kick was quickly taken by Caley but again was blocked by the Valspar defence.
 
Overall Valspar deserved the victory and put in a great team performance, both teams must take credit for the match which was played on a very tricky surface with some good passages of play, the league is very tight and there will be some key games ahead for both teams over the coming months to see who comes out on top.
 
Full Time : Caledonian Youth 0-2 Valspar
 
 
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