Lochgilp­head young­sters fall short in seven-goal thriller

Argyllshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

Lochgilp­head Red Star 2004s nar­rowly lost out in their first league match in the Glas­gow and District Youth Foot­ball League.

Star headed off to Glas­gow on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 14 to face Shet­tle­ston Ju­niors 2004s. An ex­cel­lent, hard-fought and en­ter­tain­ing game played in great spirit en­sued.

Shet­tle­ston started strongly, push­ing Star deep into their own half. Just as the Lochgilp­head boys were be­gin­ning to get a toe-hold in the game, Shet­tle­ston took the ad­van­tage when one of their boys pounced on a loose ball to fire them into the lead.

This spurred Star into ac­tion and they be­gan to see more of the ball and get a few at­tacks go­ing. Even­tu­ally a di­ag­o­nal ball saw Craig Aitken sneak in be­hind the Shet­tle­ston de­fence to fire into the net and bring Star level. The game was go­ing to and fro be­fore Keiran Caskie took the ball around 30 me­tres out, beat a cou­ple of play­ers and strike a su­perb shot into the bot­tom cor­ner. A fur­ther chance be­fore half time saw Star hit the post.

From the start of the sec­ond half, Shet­tle­ston dom­i­nated more of the game and it was no sur­prise when they equalised.

This spurred them on and while Star had a few chances Shet­tle­ston were in the as­cen­dancy and took the lead from a cor­ner kick when an un­marked player headed over the keeper to give the home side the lead.

A fourth goal for Shet­tle­ston fol­lowed fairly soon but, just when it looked as if it might be­come a bit one-sided, Star lifted their game and mounted a fight­back.

Star pres­sure forced a mix-up in the Shet­tle­ston de­fence al­low­ing Alexan­der McLean to pull a goal back for the Lochgilp­head young­sters.

The game fin­ished with Shet­tle­ston look­ing for a fifth goal and Star chas­ing an equaliser, but to no avail.

This was an ex­cel­lent game and there was ex­cel­lent hos­pi­tal­ity by Shet­tle­ston after­wards. Though dis­ap­pointed to lose, the boys ac­quit­ted them­selves well with a gutsy per­for­mance.

There are lots of pos­i­tives for a first game in a very com­pet­i­tive league and, more im­por­tantly, lessons to be learned.

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