Stirling Albion Red progressed to the semi-finals of the U14 inspiresport Scottish FA youth cup after beating Holytown Colts 3-1 in a fiercely contested match at Keir Hardie Sports Centre.
As the game got underway, it was Stirling Albion who looked to take control of the tie from early on. The visitors had an early chance to level, but Tyler Morrice blazed his shot over the bar.
It did not take long for the opener to come, as a ball through on goal saw Albion striker Emmanual Ngajieh beat the keeper to the ball before slotting it into an empty net.
It was a quick reaction from Holytown as six minutes later striker Aiden Clarke found himself one-on-one with the Stirling Albion keeper before slotting it by him to get his side back in the tie.
However, this goal did not stop the early dominance from the away side as a mistake at the back from Holytown allowed Tyler Morrice a shot at goal, but his shot was saved by the keeper. The chances for Tyler Morrice did not stop there, as he got threaded through on goal, but his shot hit the side netting. The half-time whistle blew with nothing separating the two teams at the halfway point.
The first goal of the half went in favour of Stirling Albion, as Ngajieh went through on goal and slotted it into the back of the net to get his side back in front. Soon after this Tyler Morrice put the ball into the back of the net to give his side a two-goal cushion.
With limited time left in the game, Holytown did everything they could to try and rescue their chances in the tie. As frustration grew the game started to become more physical and little scuffles started to occur.
With time running out, so were Holytown Colts’ chances of progressing, and as the referee blew his whistle for full-time it was elation for Stirling Albion red as that signalled their progression into the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.
Post-match, Stirling Albion midfielder Findley spoke about their chances of winning the full thing. He said, “We have been playing really well, and we can beat anyone when we are at our best this season.”
Holytown Colts FC Player of the Match: Charlie McVey
Assured on the ball and worked his socks off from minute one-to-90. Scott Patterson – just like the rest of his Darvel teammates – can hold his head up high despite the result. His penalty was the pick of the bunch too, placing it in the top left corner with apparent ease.
Stirling Albion AC Red Player of the Match: Emmanual Ngajieh
Who else would it be? Two great goals which helped his side progress into the next round.
Holytown Colts FC Magic Moment:
A tough start to the game saw them go one goal down. However, a nicely taken finish from Aiden Clarke helped his side get back level.
Stirling Albion AC Red Magic Moment:
As Tyler Morrice puts it into the back of the net to make it 3-1 you could just feel a sense of relief as the tie just started to look that bit more comfortable.
Holytown Colts U14s
1 Charlie McVey
2 Aaron Deans
5 Kallan Rooney
7 Daniel McGurk
8 Harry Scott
9 Aiden Clarke
10 Jack Mcshane
12 Jaxon Gillhaney
14 Leon James Santana
15 Connor Whitton
17 Conlan Mooney
19 Aiden Gallagher
23 Jay Mcque
Stirling Albion Reds U14s
1 Cameron Rae
2 Stuart Wilson
3 Charlie Hancock
6 Findlay Campbell
7 Ozzie Underwood
8 Tyler Morrice
9 Cian Gervais
12 Brodie Horne
14 Michael Stanners
18 Leo Petale
19 Ellis Davin
22 Max Savenchuk
27 Finlay Blythe
28 Peter Signos
44 Emmanual Ngajieh
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