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Duncan impresses in Drumsagard cup win

Drumsagard 4

Duncan 16, 78, McKinnon 44, MacDonald 50

Haldane United 1

McDonough 28
  • Saturday, 27 May 2017
  • Parklea, Port Glasgow
  • Under 14´s
  • PJDYFL League Cup
Simon Ritchie

Simon Ritchie | YFS City of Glasgow Senior Reporter
Author's Bio | Articles by Author | sritchie@youthfootballscotland.co.uk

Drumsagard turned on the style in the second half of their cup final with Haldane United, eventually running out deserved 4-1 winners. Left fullback Ben Duncan was the star of the show for Drumsagard as he scored two and set up another in an outstanding performance. Cole McKinnon and Kyle MacDonald grabbed the other two Drumsagard goals while Dylan McDonough scored the only goal for Haldane with a wonder strike that would have deserved to win any other cup final.

An even start to the game saw both sides having spells of early pressure without being able to find the net. Cameron Jamieson and Cameron Lakin were both in the right place at the right time with timely interventions to prevent Drumsagard, while up the other end for Haldane Jordan MacDonald and Craig Mooney both shot wide.

The opening goal was made in the Drumsagard defence as Jay Keenan went on a mazy run down the left flank culminating in a shot well-blocked by a Haldane defender on the line only for Duncan to slot it home.

With temperatures soaring around Scotland, water breaks were a necessity to keep the players hydrated but Haldane’s McDonough was taking the conditions in his stride, a powerful driving run from his own half saw him skip past three opponents before Keenan managed to get a foot in.

It was a sign of the talent of McDonough however and he showcased it moments later in the best possible way. Under close attention from his marker, he collected a high ball on his chest, knocked it over the defender, then unleashed an unstoppable volley over Annan Lung in the Drumsagard goal. With shades of James Rodriguez in the 2014 World Cup, it was a special moment.

They couldn’t build on the equaliser however and were quite fortunate to make it in at half time still level as McKinnon twice headed by from good positions for Drumsagard.

  • Half Time:
  • Drumsagard
  • 1-1
  • Haldane United

Drumsagard settled quicker in the second half and started to show what they could do with the ball on the deck. With improved passing they were bringing their attacking players into the game more, but it was still Duncan who was making the difference. His free kick just a few minutes after the restart was driven low and McKinnon made up for his misses before the break by guiding it expertly into the goal.

Duncan almost added to their tally when he chased down a long ball from Lewis Kilpatrick, sliding to reach it he forced a good save from Sean Horwood.

With Haldane forced to chase the game again in search of another equaliser, more and more space was opening up. Ross McKenna fired straight at the keeper for Haldane while Duncan blazed another effort over up the other end. Most of the pressure was coming from Drumsagard and Dylan Campbell showed great feet in the box to wriggle free from the attention of two defenders but Lung did well to not only block the effort but keep a hold of it.

The goal was coming though, and it was a lovely turn and pass in one movement from Kilpatrick that set up MacDonald. The forward finished well across the goalkeeper, his effort going in off the post to make it 3-1.

Drumsagard really started to turn the screw at this point. Kilpatrick shot over with a neat turn and volley and then Campbell rattled the crossbar from point blank range, the ball bouncing downwards and out as Drumsagard appealed for the goal. Unfortunately Parklea is yet to equip itself with goal line technology and the referee was unmoved.

Drumsagard were breaking through at will now. Haldane captain Alex Robertson saved a certain goal with a last ditch tackle on Campbell. MacDonald didn’t get enough contact on Keenan’s cross to trouble the goalkeeper. Ethan Furze volleyed off the post from McKinnon’s cross. Duncan had yet another effort well saved by Horwood.

But eventually the fourth goal came and fittingly it was the impressive Duncan who got it. A well-worked team move down the left wing showed their slick passing ability and Duncan curled it beautifully into the far corner to ensure the trophy was coming back with them to Cambuslang.

  • Full Time:
  • Drumsagard
  • 4-1
  • Haldane United

Lineups

Drumsagard
Haldane United
1. Annan Lung
2. Jay Keenan
3. Ben Duncan
4. Lewis Gray
5. Reiss Brady
6. Max Foster
7. David Tacey
8. Lyell Hunter
9. Lewis Kilpatrick
10. Cole McKinnon
11. Dylan Campbell
12. Dean McBride
14. Kyle MacDonald
15. Aaron Welsh
18. Ethan Furze
21. Rakin Mwaura
1. Sean Horwood
2. Dylan Kelly
3. Liam Scullion
4. Cameron Jamieson
5. Cole Taylor
6. Alex Robertson
7. Declan Sneddon
8. Craig Mooney
9. Cameron Lakin
10. Jordan MacDonald
11. Dylan McDonough
12. Ross McKenna
14. Rory Dickie
15. Lewis Scott
Star Player
Drumsagard
Haldane United
Ben Duncan was impressive from the first minute to the last for Drumsagard. Bombing up and down the left wing tirelessly, he was a constant goal threat and allowed his team an out ball with which to spread the play and keep Haldane chasing shadows.
For his goal alone it's hard to see past Dylan McDonough. In the first half Haldane matched Drumsagard and it was thanks to the direct running and intelligent play of McDonough.
Magic Moment
Drumsagard
Haldane United
The final goal was beautifully worked, with a number of Drumsagard players involved in the build up, moving the ball at pace despite the fact they were into the dying minutes of what had a been a long and intense cup final. The finish from Duncan was the icing on the cake.
It has to be the fantastic finish from McDonough. It showed his close control, calmness under pressure from a defender, and composure in a cup final environment, to bring the ball in, keep it up in the air over his marker and then unleash an unstoppable volley. Fantastic piece of skill that even the opposition would have wanted to applaud.
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