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Thistle prove to be monarch of the Glens

Rutherglen Glencairn Reds 0

Gleniffer Thistle 9

S. Smith 13', 20', 30', Clark 15', 31', 51', R. Smith pen 26', Brown 40', Robertson 47', 53', Rankine 50'
  • Friday, 22 January 2016
  • Greenfield Football Centre, Glasgow
  • Under 13´s
  • West Region Cup - Round 2

Andrew Petrie | YFS South East Region Journalist

Gleniffer Thistle fired an amazing eleven goals past unfortunate Rutherglen Glencairn Reds on Friday to secure a place in the next round of the SYFA West Region Cup.

There would have been a very early goal had it not been for Glencairn's Christopher McMahon. Thistle striker James Clark jinked inside before laying it off for Scott Smith, whose first shot was blocked by keeper Callum Welsh, and his second by defender McMahon.

The first goal of the game came from Scott Smith, who had already tested Welsh a few times before netting the breakthrough. After skinning his marker on the edge of the box, his shot was parried back by the keeper, and Smith was able to finish the rebound to open the scoring.

Clark made it two soon after, starting the game as he meant to go on. After a fantastic run down the right wing, Reece Robertson drove a low cross in to Clark who only needed to tap it in to make it 0-2!

The third goal came in the 20th minute, once again through Scott Smith. He latched onto a through ball, before taking a touch round the keeper and nabbing his second of the game.

Just minutes later, the referee was forced to point to the spot. After some lovely footwork from Max Brown, which he displayed throughout the game, the midfielder released a thunderous shot that cannoned off the crossbar. His central partner Ross Smith picked up the rebound, and would have tucked it away had he not been tripped from behind. He dusted himself down and slotted the penalty into the bottom corner to make it 0-4!

Glencairn almost got a goal through Kevin McColligan, after a pass from Matthew Glass saw him through on goal. He was able to round the keeper, but his shot was not strong enough to cross the line.

The final goal of the first half came seconds before the whistle, and it saw Scott Smith complete his hat-trick. After some lovely build-up play, Smith found himself with an easy task of tapping the ball into the empty net.

  • Half Time:
  • Rutherglen Glencairn Reds
  • 0-5
  • Gleniffer Thistle

Just moments into the second half, Thistle added another. Striker James Clark picked up the ball outside the area, knocked it past the defender and hared after it. One-on-one with the keeper, he rolled it to his left before slotting it under the keeper with the outside of his right foot.

Substitute Thomas Rankine shone in the second-half after coming on. His ball through to Scott Smith produced an excellent diving save from Callum Welsh, who pushed it behind for a corner. Defender Jagdeesh Dhillon swung an excellent cross in, with Max Brown planting a good header into the net, making it 0-7.

The best team goal of the night was Thistle's eighth. Another fantastic through-ball from Dhillon found Rankine sprinting down the right, and his cut-back left Robertson with an easy finish at the back-post.

The next two goals were more preventable from Glencairn's perspective. Two mix-ups at the back were pounced upon by Rankine and Clark.

Clark then turned from scorer to provider, who when clear through on goal squared to Robertson so the winger could get his second, and wrap up the scoring.

Glencairn almost nabbed a goal at the death. Kian McGinley took a fantastic touch, which put him past the defenders. However, his shot was straight at Thistle keeper Mathew Allan. 

  • Full Time:
  • Rutherglen Glencairn Reds
  • 0-11
  • Gleniffer Thistle

Lineups

Rutherglen Glencairn Reds
Gleniffer Thistle
1. Callum Welsh
16. Barry Burns
2. Christopher McMahon
5. Jamie Nicol Bamford
6. Joseph Carr
8. Matthew Glass
21. Kai Bentley
3. Corey O'Neill
19. Kian McGinley
20. Kevin McColligan
11. Kenzie Lee
Subs:
4. Josh McMaster
15. Justin Rose
12. Corey Devenney
1. Mathew Allan
3. Lewis Coulter
15. Jagdeesh Dhillon
11. Reiss Colton
18. Michael Conboy
17. Reece Robertson
6. Max Brown
7. Ross Smith
4. Ben Smith
8. Scott Smith
9. James Clark
Subs:
14. Thomas Rankine
Star Player
Rutherglen Glencairn Reds
Gleniffer Thistle
Callum Welsh. The goalkeeper kept the score down, making multiple fantastic saves to deny Thistle, and in particular James Clark. He showed good all round-keeping skills with his decision making, shot-stopping, and rushing out to deny attacking opportunities.
Max Brown. This could have gone to a number of boys in orange, including Scott Smith, James Clark, Thomas Rankine, and Reece Robertson. The attackers were fantastic and gave their opponents a hard time all evening, but it was the midfield maestro Brown who impressed me most. The amount of chances created by Thistle were staggering and it all came from Brown's domination of the midfield; winning the ball, spraying passes everywhere, and showing slick footwork throughout.
Magic Moment
Rutherglen Glencairn Reds
Gleniffer Thistle
Matthew Glass' through ball to McColligan showed a great eye for a pass.
James Clark showed some fantastic skills throughout, in particular a roulette to get round defender on way to goal in the first half.
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