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St Cadoc's YC Athletic u16s 1 Rutherglen Glencairn u16s 3

Saturday 5th December 2015 - Paisley Johnstone & District YFL League Division 4

(Report by Peter Ferguson, in association with Barry Houston)

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Rutherglen Glencairn Under 16s, kindly sponsored by Arnold Clark.

With most matches wiped out by the effects of Storm Desmond on Saturday, including the first team, under 21s and under 17s, the focus of attention of Glencairn supporters turned to the under 16s who braved the storm to take on St Cadoc's YC Athletic at Williamwood High School's excellent 3G pitch.

The referee passed the game to start despite the storm force winds blowing down the pitch, but there was a warning that the match may not finish if the conditions became too dangerous.

Glencairn had the advantage of the wind at their backs in the first half, and took full advantage early on they took the lead after 10 minutes. Andrew McLaughlin curled in a corner which wasn't dealt with by the St Cadoc's defence, the ball flying straight into the net with the help of the wind.

The lead was doubled when a lovely through ball by Adam Lynch released Ross Cameron through on goal, and he placed his shot into the net to make it 2-0.

The young Glens gave themselves a firm advantage to hold onto when they went 3-0 ahead before the half time interval. A cross from the right by Matthew Strain was met at the near post by Ross Cameron, and he converted for his second goal of the game.

Half time : 0-3

Unsurprisingly, the second half was a completely different story, but the hard work that the young Glens had done in the first half meant that St Cadoc's had a lot of work of their own to bring themselves back into contention. However, the young Glens simply rolled up their sleeves and battled their way through the storm to defend what they had earned for themselves.

Glencairn were camped in for long spells and struggled to get up the park very often, but goalkeeper Ross Lockhart was in good form along with the rest of his defence. Some nice passing moves did create some opportunities for Glencairn to add to their lead, but in the main it was a strong defensive performance from the black and white hoops.

St Cadoc's did pull a goal back in controversial circumstances with a large suggestion of offside about the move, but the referee allowed the goal to stand.

The young Glens held out for a deserved win, delighting coaches Barry Houston and John McLeod. Houston commented, "The boys put in a real shift out there in atrocious conditions, but we coped. Well done to every one of them, they showed some real character, John and I are delighted for them because they work so hard in training and deserved that result today."

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