No cup double for the Glencairn under-21s
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