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Ashfield sweep St. Roch’s aside with dominant performance at Toryglen

Ashfield got a huge win in the West of Scotland Football Development League Conference B as they were in fine scoring form on the road as they defeated St.Roch’s 6-0 at Toryglen, a venue which neighbours the national stadium, Hampden Park.

The visitors took the lead ten minutes into the game when Scott Wilson’s cross from the left nearly crept into the top right corner, which was just palmed out by the Roch goalkeeper, but only bounced in off the feet of Kieran Findlay as he opened the scoring.

The lead would be doubled in the 20th minute as Wilson and Findlay would combine again. Wilson struck a dead ball in and Findlay would fire home with a lethal volley on his left foot to put his side firmly in the driving seat.

St.Roch’s thought they had found a way back into the game in the 34th minute when an effort was bundled in from a corner, but the referee ruled it out for handball. Ashfield would compile the misery from the home side as they would make it 3-0 from an attack starting from this free kick. They ran up the field and Cael Gibb won a race to the ball between himself and the Candy goalkeeper, before squaring the ball for teammate Aiden Tierney to tap it into an empty net.

Kieran Findlay netted his hat-trick shortly not long after the game had been restarted. A ball came over the top and Findlay’s strength was unmatched as he tussled with the defenders to create some space before dispatching his side’s fourth goal of the evening.

Four would become five before the half-time whistle, with more bad luck at the back for the Candy. A vicious strike was saved well by the man in the Roch net, but his save cannoned off Ashfield’s Callum Brown, who took the adulation as the ball trickled over the line and put the game almost out of sight as the sides went into the changing rooms for the interval.

Ashfield started the second half just as they finished the first half, by scoring goals. Tierney netted his second of the game when he took a bouncing pass in his stride and made no mistake on the half-volley to make the score 6-0.

St.Roch’s played much better defensively in the second half as they did in the first, dealing with constant pressure well as much as the game was played within their defensive third as you could only expect against a side playing as flamboyant as Ashfield was. They soaked up this pressure and turned them into attacks of their own but nothing that proved to be too difficult for the Ashfield defence, but showed that they can play well and should take encouragement for the rest of the season as they look to gain vital points to lift themselves from the foot of the table.

They would however end the game a man down, when Tariq Hassan was sent off in added time of the second half for dissent against his own teammate.

Ashfield ended the game as 6-0 victors with a complete performance from start to finish and would have proved a handful for any side in their division as they lay down a marker for their league rivals.

Ashfield Player of the Match: Kieran Findlay

It can be a bit of a cop-out giving the man of the match award to whoever scores the most goals sometimes, but Findlay more than deserves the award today. His reaction speed was crucial in steering his side into a comfortable lead, and his all-round presence was too much to handle for the St.Roch’s side as Findlay proved a decisive factor as to why Ashfield won so comfortably.

St.Roch’s Player of the Match: Christy Diamond

The best player for the Candy today was Christy Diamond. Despite his side being behind most of the game, Diamond’s technical excellence was on display throughout, proving a tricky customer and difficult to win the ball off of due to his quick feet and flair, and his range of passing was terrific. A true ‘Diamond’ in midfield.

Ashfield U20s

1. Angus Hughes

2. Callum Brown

3. Lachlan Frame

4. Jamie Hillis

5. Austin Mclaughlin

6. Scott Wilson

7. Kieran Findlay

8. Lucas Pierotti

9. Aiden Tierney

10. Ross Mcsorley

11. Cael Gibb

12. Rennie Robertson

13. Paddy Mchugh

14. Jason Miller

15. Andrew Carruthers

16. Rasti Hussein

17. Euegene McCluskey

18. Callum Frater

St Roch’s U20s

1. Tyler Flynn

2. Angus Maclean

3. Muhammed Al Khabeer

6.  Oliver Skowyra

7. Liam Feeskey

8. Ryan Heaney

9. William Bolechowska

10. Muhamed Njie

11. Tariq Hassan

12. Rhys McGrattan

13. Connor McClomont

14. Christy Diamond

18. Regan McGhee

16. Jethy Kinavuidi

21. Louis Casey

51. Kerr Mckinnon



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