Ready, winning and Ardencaple
Published 3 Jun 2010 09:00 0 Comments
Ardencaple Under-13s 2 Westerton Under-13s 1
ARDENCAPLE under-13s triumphed against Westerton United Yellows to lift the DFDL League Cup at the Strathclyde Homes Stadium on Saturday.
The final whistle was met by cheers and applause from the stands and the boys celebrated in style on the pitch. The medals and trophy were presented by Dumbarton manager Jim Chapman.
Caple kicked off in front of a decent support from both sets of teams and almost immediately let in Westerton. The first Caple attack came from a one-two by Lewis Grant and Brian whose pass to Chris enabled him to shot across the goal.
The first five minutes were tentative from both sides. Caple won a free-kick 25 yards out, Brian stepped up and beat the keeper only to see his effort rebound off the bar, onto the keeper's back and out for a corner.
United broke from the resulting corner and only some good defensive play by Lewis Fagan kept the scores level.
Aidan was getting a lot of space down the left and was turning his man at every chance.
A ball through to Nathan was cleared by the covering defence. It wasn't all Caple though as Westerton were getting too many chances at the other end with Tommy making two great last-ditch clearances.
Another Caple attack saw another good ball by Brian out to Chris on the right and his shot went just past. Andy had a free-kick that went straight to the keeper with a swarm of Caple players charging in on him.
Aidan was again showboating, twisting and turning his man and winning a corner. This was cleared by Westerton to Rhys whose shot went tamely wide.
Lewis Fagan took a free kick on the left, flick on by Lewis Grant, good work by Nathan, crossed into the middle and Chris made no mistake firing the ball into the back of the net. However, the celebrations didn't last long as Westerton drew level moments later.
It had been persistently raining throughout the first half but now the heavens opened a thank you should go out to the ball boys from both teams for doing a great job under such horrendous conditions.
This second half was slightly more one sided with Caple on the attack more than in the first half.
Nathan took a corner which was met by Lewis Grant, but his effort went just wide.
Brian had a free kick which was again straight at the keeper. The pitch was becoming a bit sticky and the ball was either sliding through or catching on the wet surface.
Next came the most bizarre moment of the season.
The ball broke to Rhys who fired a shot from 35 yards out which bounced over the keeper and flew home, however it was chopped off for offside.
Cape did regain the lead in their next attack. The ball bounced across the Westerton six-yard box, and Aidan just got onto the ball and squeezed it into the bottom of the net. There was another Caple goal disallowed, this time justified. The ball bounced up onto a Caple player's arm, and again Rhys smacked it from 30 yards, over the keeper into the net but the ref had already blown for handball.
The final 15 minutes of the match were mainly being played in the Westerton half although they did have a few breaks on the Caple goal.
The last real effort on goal was a ball played through to Nathan whose shot from a tight angle was saved by the keeper.
Aidan Walker was chosen as the officials' man of the match.
All in all this was another good performance by the team who had probably deserved more throughout the season.
Every player, whether a starter or squad player, had done their bit in achieving this result, well done to you all.
The team then went on to win the Ian Cullen Memorial Shield at the Donald Dewar Centre, in Drumchapel, on Sunday to complete a winning weekend.
This article appeared in Helensburgh Advertiser 03 Jun 10