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Holyrood hold on in the rain to beat Bearsden

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Holyrood Secondary
Bearsden Academy
East (2)


U13 Castle Cup - Final
Loretto Playing Fields

Forde McGhee

By Forde McGhee
YFS West Region Reporter
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Holyrood were the team lifting the under 13's trophy after a cagey 2-0 victory over Bearsden on a rather wet and windy day at Loretto playing fields, No team really showed great desire to go on and punish their opponents during the game it seemed the big occasion might have got to some of the young players.

As for most of the match the tempo of the game was very slow with not a lot of chances and most of the football being in the middle of the park, it was a game of many fouls maybe just due to the weather or just a bit of nerves.

The first real clear cut chance of the game came when Michael McFadden fired a shot towards the Bearsden goal but the keeper did enough to keep it out and keep the scores level for time being.

Eventually Holyrood did open the scoring when some poor defending from Bearsden allowed Liam East to turn inside the box and fire home an impressive finish to give his team the lead.

Holyrood started trying to use Joseph McKenna's long throw in to their advantage trying to double their lead but the they lacked height in the box and Bearsden cleared every long shy from their area.

The half ended with both sides not really getting into any flow and there being very minimum chances, both teams would look to improve in the second half with Holyrood maybe being a bit happier at the break but knowing the game was far from over.

Half Time: Holyrood Secondary 1-0 Bearsden Academy

The second half began and Holyrood looked to add to their tally straight from the off when Liam East showed great pace and power to drive into the Bearsden box and fire the ball just wide of the left hand post.

After that the game went very quiet again for 10/15 minutes almost similar to the cagey first half with both sides giving away fouls in the middle of the park.

Bearsden had their first major chance of the game when Jack Ord showed great feet to dribble into the box and find space to drive towards the keeper but a heroic last ditch tackle from Joseph McKenna kept the Bearsden number 11 out.

Holyrood finally added a second goal when Christopher Drennan rounded the keeper managed to keep his balance and cut it back for Liam East to diving header the ball in to the back of the net.

You would have thought after the second goal the game might come to life with Bearsden pushing to keep their dream alive and Holyrood looking to kill the game with a third but far from it, after the second goal there was no real chances with the game going back again to a slow tempo just like the first half.

The game ended with the Holyrood players going wild after holding on well to secure the victory, Bearsden players looked gutted but they just didn't create enough chances on the day to cause Holyrood any real problems and you could see the title of cup final phased a lot of players from both sides on the day.

Full Time: Holyrood Secondary 2-0 Bearsden Academy

Holyrood Secondary Bearsden Academy
1. Aaron McKessick
2. Peter Tomkins
3. Joseph Stoddart
4. Joseph McKenna
6. Martin Beattie
7. Laurie Degnan
8. Anton Neeley
9. Christopher Drennan
10. Michael McFadden
11. Liam East
14. Lee Devine
15. Connor Little
16. Tony Cantley
17. Liam Anderson
1. Matthew McAlpine
2. Callum Dryslade 
3. Greg McLeaod
4. Ross Craig
5. David Johnston
6. Greg Martin
7. Matthew Cohn
8. Jamie Hanna
9. Greg Fanning
10. Louis Black
11. Jack Ord
12. Jack Jamieson
14. Jamie McLean  
17. Andrew Riley
Brian East takes man of the match because he was brilliant all game looked dangerous every time he got the ball.
Greg Martin worked really hard in the midfield never gave up and played some good passes which earns him man of the match.
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Forde McGhee

Forde McGhee | YFS West Region Journalist
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