Fixture: Linwood Rangers v Westerton United
Competition: Under 15's PJDYFL Division 1
An incredible turn around saw Linwood Rangers U15s turn around a three goal first half defect to earn a draw against Westerton Untied. Three goals in the first half looked to be enough for Westerton to take the points home, but Linwood responded in splendid fashion and matched Westerton’s scoring feat in the second half.
Linwood Rangers had the best of the early chances with Jonathan Lee blasting a long range effort over the bar. Steven Wilson did the hard work for his striking partner Ali Lee who had his effort saved from Matthew McAlpine.
Westerton number nine Ruairidh Sorbie’s pace was causing problems for the Linwood back line, Sorbie had Westeron’s first real chance when he rushed on to a flick on from a long free kick and produced a good save from Irwin Gray. From the resulting corner, Calum Smith found space in the box to fire home a powerful header and put Westerton one up.
Westerton grew in confidence with the goal and were able to double their lead through Sorbie. The speedy striker picked up a pass on the edge of the box from David Johnstone and with a beautiful touched turned his man and finished the ball under the on-coming ‘keeper. An excellent move from Westerton.
It was then the turn of Jack McNulty to show his pace and skill. McNulty ran through the Linwood defence and took the balls away from the ‘keeper to knock the ball into an empty net for Westerton’s third. The score may not have been reflective of the play but it certainly showed Westerton’s clinical nature and efficiency in front of goal.
Steven Wilson and Ali Lee were once again sharing chances as they tried to get their team back into the game. Jack McNulty was also unlucky not to add a fourth after having a chance similar to his goal. It remained 3-0 at the break.
Half Time : Linwood Rangers 0-3 Westerton United
The fight back started for Linwood Rangers through Steven Wilson. A low cross bobbled around the box before landing at the feet of Wilson who turned his man and unleashed a powerful shot from close range to score and get his team back in the game.
Linwood’s corners and crosses were causing problems for Westerton and it was because of the fine form of Matthew McAlpine that Westerton were holding their leading as he produced a wonderful double save from Max Bridgewater and Euan Kyle. McAlpine also had to be quick off his line to deny two one-on-one chances with Steven Wilson and then Euan Kyle.
In a half were chances were scarce for Westerton, Ruairidh Sorbie, Westerton’s star man, had a chance to put the game beyond doubt. Sorbie held his run to beat the offside trap before rounding the ‘keeper and just as he thought he scored, Jonathan Lee got back to clear the ball just before it crossed the line.
Cieran McKenna’s powerful drilled corners were causing problems and he was unlucky not to score direct from one. It was a McKenna corner that led to Linwood’s second goal. Low and hard across the deck it evaded everyone except Ryan Steele who was waiting at the back post all alone to score.
The equaliser came almost immediately after the start of play and it was a screamer. Reece Gallagher struck the ball from all of 30 yards and his effort dipped underneath the bar giving McAlpine no chance in goals.
Linwood looked the most likely to grab the winner at this point but most of their chances were coming from long range, first from Max Bridgewater then Ciaran McPherson. The final chance fell to Cieran McKenna but he was never balanced and his shot from the edge of the box went helplessly wide.
Full Time : Linwood Rangers 3-3 Westerton United