North Kelvin United defeated Busby Amateurs on a rainy Sunday afternoon in the U14 Paisley Johnston & District League.
The quality shown from the away side was too much for their opposition. However, credit can be given to the boys in dark blue, as despite having two players less, they still fought closely throughout the encounter.
The early proceedings began with both teams testing each other out. Busby’s stern midfield looked strong, but the team in dark blue and white was challenged against the resolute North Kelvin defence.
Not long after, North Kelvin broke the deadlock through a cleverly worked attack. Adam McCluskly netted for the away side after cannoning the ball into the back of the net.
North Kelvin then almost doubled their advantage, but the Busby keeper matched the efforts of the incoming attacker with a strong handed save.
The away side made it two not long after, as North Kelvin’s Harry Haldane drilled his gilt-edged chance into the back of the net following the unlucky attempt from the Busby goalkeeper, who came inches away from saving the efforts.
Minutes after, North Kelvin made it three after Chris Eltroghan rather unluckily spilled an incoming shot. Jay Martin rushed in and did not hesitate in firing home a third to add to their advantage.
The away side soon came close again after Adam McCluskly saw his attempt go crashing into the hands of the Busby shot stopper. Despite the scoreline, both teams were still closely battling it out in all areas of the park.
The home side almost clawed one back. Arlo Barsanti saw his chance come smashing off the post, as they still looked to launch a comeback of their own.
North Kelvin added another to their advantage courtesy of Conlin Hanlon. A well worked goal for the boys in sky blue was enough to top off an exquisite half for the travelling team.
United almost further increased their advantage after Kyle Benett came close from his headed efforts. The opening proceedings of the second half started in a similar fashion to the first half, as the away side looked to add another goal to their lead.
In what was already a player of the match contender performance, Daniel Gallagher made it five to the visitors when the defender saw his attempt go crashing into goal following his glanced effort.
Just minutes later Gallagher almost doubled his goal tally. The defender almost completed the spectacular but saw his efforts cannon off the top of the crossbar.
Kyle Bennett rather astonishingly curled his efforts into the frame of the goal, as the away team made it six with around ten minutes to play.
Almost immediately after it was seven to the travelling side, as it was Conlin Hanlon who poked his chance past the goalkeeper. A well-rounded finish was enough to secure the seventh. North Kelvin added a eighth to their advantage. Gallagher belted his low-driven shot into the side of the net, his five star performance leaving the home side helpless despite a respectable performance.
Peter Tegardi shortly made it nine, similarity to the eighth goal, the defender slammed his attempt into the back of the net.
Busby Player of the Match: Arlo Barsanti
Despite only having nine players, Busby certainly gave it their all. Even when the scoreline started to spiral, the efforts of the players didn’t lower. Their player of the match was Arlo Barsanti. The youngster did not give the opposition defence a minutes peace. The supplied pressure was exceptional in Busby’s efforts to force North Kelvin’s defence into making mistakes
North Kelvin Player of the Match: Daniel Gallagher
A hattrick hero coupled with a sublime performance was one to remember, as the North Kelvin superstar capped a delightful team performance.
Busby Amateurs Magic Moment:
The relentless press applied from the number seven from Busby was enough to force North Kelvin into constructing a series of errors. Despite the scoreline, there is plenty of positives to be taken for the home side.
North Kelvin United Magic Moment:
There was a variety of contenders, however. One that springs into mind was the exquisite finish from Kyle Bennett. A Ronaldinho-like finish from the young defender left the crowd in awe. A dazzling ten out of ten performance from North Kelvin overwhelmed Busby in a victory which the North Kelvin coaches will no doubt be gratified with the way his players performed.
Busby Amateurs U14s:
1. Chris Eltrogham
2. Jack Johnson
3. Jack McNaughton
5. Joe Ottoun
6. Aaron Hall
7. Arlo Barsanti
9. Blair Mann
10. Rhys Palmer
11. Leon Morley
North Kelvin United U14s:
1. Harris Quinn
2. Jay Martin
3. Adam McCluskey
4. Michael Spence
5. Tyler Atala
6. Robbie McCann
7. Hayden Hughes
8. Harry Haldane
9. Daniel Gallagher
11. Callum Williams
12. Kevin Kirkwood
15. Peter Tegardi
16. Conlin Hanlon
17. Kyle Bennett
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