Under-19s produce spirited performance in defeat

Goldenhill Boys’ Club 7,

Lads’ Club 3

THE LADS travelled to Dumbarton to meet Goldenhill Boys’ Club in the third round of the Scottish Youth Cup.

Goldenhills BC reached the final of the Under-17 Scottish Youth Cup Final last season, so the Arbroath side knew they would be facing stiff opposition. With regular goalkeeper Martin Scott out for six weeks with a broken rib, Dave Cargill took over between the sticks. In glorious sunshine, Goldenhill kicked off and immediately went on the attack.

However, with some resolute defending and excellent goalkeeping from Cargill the Lads managed to keep the score at 0-0 in the opening 20 minutes.

It wasn’t all one-way traffic and the Lads shocked their opponents on 23 minutes when Rhys TAIT’s shot proved to hot too handle for the Goldenhill’s ‘keeper.

However within the following 17 minutes Goldenhill scored two great goals from distance whilst scrambling in a third.

If Goldenhill thought they had broken the spirit of this Lads’ Club team they were mistaken when Liam SMITH fired in a free kick that was despatched into his own goal by the Goldenhill number six.

Half-time: Goldenhill BC 3, Lads Club 2.

Controversy surrounded the start of the second half when, in a midfield challenge, Steven Scott appeared to be felled by a leading arm.

However the referee deemed this to be a fair challenge and allowed play to continue, resulting in what appeared to be a free kick right on the edge of the box.

The referee awarded a penalty despite the protests of the Lads’ Club players. The award stood and Goldenhill extended their lead.

The home side now had their tails up and were playing some great football and despite some fine saves from Dave Cargill added a further three goals, whilst Fraser Stewart scored a third for the Lads.

Despite the margin of victory, the Lads put up a spirited display against their more illustrious opponents, with every player giving their all.

Special mention must go to Dave Cargill in the Lads’ Club goal who, despite not having played in that position for over two years, put in a fine all round display.