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East End close gap on league leader after vital win

East End United 2

McCowan 71, Antoine 84

St Cadocs Olympic 1

Lyons 20
  • Saturday, 14 March 2015
  • lady Octavia
  • Under 19´s
  • Paisley & District YDL D1

Stephen Thomson | YFS West Region Journalist
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A great day for a game of football as the conditions and weather were perfect. A mouthwatering clash at the top of the First Division, with East End looking to close the gap on their opponents and league leaders St Cadocs Olympic. 
 
The teams recently met in the league cup which ended stailmate at 1-1, with both teams looking to go one better this time around. 
 
The game got off the mark quick as East End showed St Cadocs how threatening they were early on as Regan Williamson was played through on goal within 20 seconds, but his shot was well held by the St Cadocs keeper Steven McPhee. 
 
Shortly afterwards Blair Lyons had a wonderful chance after a great long ball from the defence sent him on his way through on goal, he tried to then dink the ball over the keeper but he got it all wrong and the ball fell into Stuart Arkleys hands. 
 
East End then had a penalty claim turned down as Cory Hughes was wrestled to the floor from a inswinging free kick but referee waved the play to continue. 
 
East End were pressing well in the early stages and this nearly paid off as Antoine's ball fell to his team mate McCowan who's shot from 20 yards was held well by the confident McPhee.
 
East End were getting the better of the early chances as another fell for O'Donnell who sneaked in behind the St Cadocs defender to poke his shot just over the bar.
 
East End were playing with no fear in the first 15 minutes. 
 
After a physical battle in the middle of the park for the next 5 minutes, St Cadocs then opened the scoring as McBeth played a neat ball through to Doherty out wide left, who cut the ball back low and hard for his team mate Blair Lyon's to smash home from close range giving the East End keeper no chance. 
 
A massive blow for East End as they had the better of the possession in the opening 20 minutes. 
 
After their goal, St Cadocs looked more attacking and confident as the next chance came for them as the skipper Joseph Leach's high free kick into the area was flicked on by Doherty, sending Blair Lyons threw on goal but a great stop by the keepers legs stopped Lyon's from doubling the lead and getting his second of the match. 
 
East End then got the next chance of the match as Luke McCowan drove forward with the ball down the by-line and floated the ball into the area which was met by Andy O'Donnell from 5 yards, but his header skimmed over the bar.
 
St Cadocs then caught East End on the counter as Mansoor and Mcluskie had great link up which eventually led to McLuskie firing a shot from outside the area which was well saved by Stuart Arkley. 
 
East End then used the width of the park well again as a cross from Reece Willamson was punched away by Steven McPhee who was under pressure by two East End players. There was no more real chances in the rest of the half, but East End were plugging away but just couldn't break down the stubborn defence of St Cadocs.
  • Half Time:
  • East End United
  • 0-1
  • St Cadocs Olympic
East End then came out for the second half the way they did the first with a early chance as Luke McCowan danced down the left hand side and drilled a low ball into the box toward's Regan Willamson but the keeper got down well to hold. 
 
A very fast start to the second half then saw a chance for St Cadocs as Joseph Leach's powerful free kick from 35 yards was well held by the East End keeper. 
 
After a few minutes with no chances and battles in the middle of the park the next chance fell for East End as a lovely one two between McCowan and O'Donnell put McCowan through on goal and his effort was saved superbly by Steven McPhee after making himself big. 
 
East End were still piling on the pressure for the equaliser as Luke McCowan went on a solo run and fired a powerful shot to the keeper's left which McPhee got a hand to, to palm it away to safety. 
 
East End were playing great team football, passing the ball around well while St Cadocs defence were refusing to break. 
 
Kwame Antoine then had the next chance for East End as his shot from 20 yards was scrambled wide by Steven McPhee again. 
 
St Cadocs were looking really dangerous on the counter as they got a chance possibly to seal the match as McBeth played an acute ball through to Lyon's who pounced in before the defender could recover and he fired his shot wide. 
 
That miss made St Cadoc's pay as Luke McCowan stepped up from 20 yards for a free kick which he powered low to the keeper's near post which nestled the net. 
 
East End were then pushing for a late winner but the St Cadocs defence were looking solid just as they were the whole game until a stramash of shots then fell to Kwame Antoine who's half volley from inside the area beat the St Cadocs keeper to his left. 
 
This could be a massive massive goal in East End's push for the league title. St Cadocs were then throwing body's up the park looking for a equaliser as a late chance came after a long throw into the box was knocked on to Calum Murphy who's volley went over the top of Stuart Arkleys crossbar. 
 
Things got bad to worse for St Cadocs as Niall McGinley was sent off for a second bookable offence, reducing them to 10 men. There were no more late heroics and East End held out.
  • Full Time:
  • East End United
  • 2-1
  • St Cadocs Olympic

Lineups

East End United
St Cadocs Olympic
1. Stewart Arkley
2. Daniel Orr
3. Connor McIntyre
4. Jack Rafferty
5. Reece Willamson
6. Lee Rodgers
7. Luke McCowan
8. Cory Hughes
9. Regan Willamson
10. Kwame Antoine
11. Andrew O'Donnell
12. Paul Pettigrew
14. Gregor Black
15. Taylor Lindsay
16. Aiden Gough
17. Christopher Richmond
1. Steven McPhee
2. Ciaran Armstrong
4. Mark Toner
7. Husnain Mansoor
8. Max Mcluskie
9. Blair Lyons
10. Joseph Leach
11. Mathew Doherty
12. Danny McBeth
14. Niall Mcginley
15. Ryan Higgins
16. James O'Hara
17. Oliver Lincoln
20. Calum Murphy
Star Player
East End United
St Cadocs Olympic
Luke Mccowan as most of East Ends good play came threw him and his desire to run a players a very exciting player to watch.
Mark Toner as he was a rock at the back all game long not taking any nonsense clearing everything in his path.
Magic Moment
East End United
St Cadocs Olympic
The wonderful free kick goal by Luke Mccowan.
The way they defended so well threw out the whole game showing that there communication had the back his very well and they are very well organised in defence.
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