No cup dou­ble for the Glen­cairn un­der-21s

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

Glens u-21s ........0 Gold­en­hill ..........3

Glen­cairn un­der-21s missed out on a dou­ble cup tri­umph as they were well beaten in the Golden Goals Cup fi­nal Gold­en­hill.

The young Glens were look­ing to add to bring an­other tro­phy back to Ruther­glen af­ter claim­ing the Lady Dar­ling Cup a week ago, but Gold­en­hill - the West of Scot­land un­der-21 Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons - showed just why they are so far out in front as they looked sharper and phys­i­cally stronger through­out the match.

There were three changes to the start­ing line-up from the pre­vi­ous cup fi­nal, with An­thony Dempsey and Dale Wal­lace un­avail­able and re­placed by Danny Salah and Andy Quial re­spec­tively. Kyle Chrys­tal came in to the left side of the de­fence, with Martin McCann drop­ping to the bench.

Af­ter a cagey start,the Glens were first to go close as Tam Robert­son’s vol­ley from 18 yards was head­ing for the postage stamp cor­ner of the net, till the Gold­en­hill goal­keeper stretched full length to palm the ball away. Gold­en­hill re­sponded a cou­ple of min­utes later with a curl­ing free kick which flew a cou­ple of yards wide of the far post. So close Glen­cairn un­der-21s’ Craig Dal­las drills his free kick over the bar from 19 yards out against Gold­en­hill, in the Golden Goals Cup fi­nal Gold­en­hill’s num­ber nine was show­ing pace and strength, and he out-stripped Chrys­tal on the right be­fore work­ing his way into the penalty area in the 14th minute, Chrys­tal re­cov­er­ing well to get in a block tackle as the striker pulled the trig­ger.

The pres­sure was build­ing on the Glen­cairn rear­guard, how­ever, and Gold­en­hill took the lead in the 19th minute, a cor­ner from the right pick­ing out the free head of Gold­en­hill’s num­ber six at the back post, and his header just about crossed the line be­fore goal­keeper Chris Trues­dale knocked it back out.

Trues­dale came to the res­cue in the 24th minute when he par­ried away a shot by Gold­e­nill’s num­ber four af­ter he had beaten Euan Con­roy for pace.

Glen­cairn had a sus­tained pe­riod of pres­sure around the half hour mark with­out se­ri­ously look­ing like break­ing down the strong Gold­en­hill de­fence. The Glens were awarded a free kick right on the edge of the penalty area in the 38th minute, and Craig Dal­las drilled a shot half a yard over the cross­bar.

There was dis­as­ter in the 40th minute for Glen­cairn goal­keeper Trues­dale as he scuffed his goal kick straight to Gold­en­hill’s num­ber nine, who took an ex­cel­lent first touch be­fore rac­ing in and fir­ing un­der Trues­dale to make it 2-0.

Gold­en­hill started the sec­ond half on the front foot and their num­ber nine took a fresh air swipe in front of goal

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