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TWO OUT OF THREE AINT BAD !

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 13-Jun-2016 

 

 

 

East Kilbride FC enjoyed a successful end to the youth season with the U-15's and U-19's both producing stunning comebacks to become West Regional Cup Chamions at their respective age group, but the U-14 group suffered penalty kick heartache to deny them a clean sweep.

 

Saturday saw the U-15's face Barrhead, finding themselves 2-0 down, before Ross Taylor scored a fantastic free-kick to give the team hope at the break.

A dominant second period saw the lads put in a great performance with further goals from Lindsay, Conor and Frame, to ensure that the talented squad claimed an incredible treble having previously landed the P & D League and League Cup.

 

 

 

 

The U-14's fell just short of an unprecedented clean sweep, losing 4-3 of penalties to Harmony Row on Sunday after a 1-1 draw, but the lads can reflect on an amazing season which saw them lift the Glasgow & District League, League Cup and Scottish Cup.

 

It was then down to the U-19's to close the SYFA season with their final against Antonine.

 

Goals from Mahamud Mumin, Fraser Robertson & Josh Macdonald sealed an incredible comeback, stunning the Scottish Cup winners, to ensure that Kilby won the trophy for the second year in succession.  EK went into the game minus James Cassidy, Liam Craig, Gavin Millar, Jack Ferguson, Ross Goldie and Ryan Mcgarrie, but were glad to welcome Morgan Smith, Anthony McGarry & Anthony McGuigan back into the squad.

 

 

A very level first half looked like ending goal-less with neither side coming close, but Antonine struck just before the break to lead 1-0.

 

 

A cagey start to the second half from both sides showed that nerves were prevalent, but Kilby fell further behind on the hour when Brad Main was beaten from 20-yards.

 

Undeterred by the setback, Kilby pulled themselves back into the game with Scott Moore being denied by a fine save.  Moore was starting to find joy on the right and on 70 minutes his fine run and cross found Ryan White, the strikers shot was blocked, but Mahamud Mumin arrived in the box to slam the ball home and put EK right back in the game.

 

Now prepared to go for broke, Kilby threw three men up top in pursuit of an equaliser and were rewarded in the 80th minute.

 

Intensive pressure resulted in Anthony McGarry being fouled 25-yards from goal, and skipper Fraser Robertson slammed home an unstoppable strike to make it 2-2.

 

With Antonine rattled, the game flowed from end to end with Main making two outstanding stops and Macdonald, Smith, McGarry & Tough defending superbly.

 

On the counter attack, McGuigan, Brodie and Robertson played some outstanding football in the closing stages, as Kilby sensed victory could be achieved without a penalty shoot-out.

 

Fraser Robertson then won EK a corner in the 89th minute, and from a perfect Thomas Marshall delivery, Josh Macdonald bulleted home a header from 10-yards to spark scenes of mayhem from the Kilby squad and support.

 

Antonine tried to rally, but after three minutes of stoppage time, the final whistle sounded to confirm Kilby as the winners of the major honour for the second year in a row!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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