Scottish U18 Indoor Cup Final
Bells Sports Centre, Perth
Sunday 11th Feb 2008
Azzurri Kelburne 9 v 4 Dundee Wanderers
Kelburne?s young squad were boosted by the surprise return from injury of U16 international Josh Cairns for this game. Along with fellow internationals Michael Bremner and Alan Forsyth, this now gave the squad a more formidable look against the much fancied indoor specialists from Dundee .
The game started at a frantic pace with both sides going all out for the opening goal. Burne keeper Grieg Cunninghame had to look sharp as early a s the first minute to pull off a fine save from a deflected shot on goal. However it was the paisley side who took the lead in the 3rd minute when Josh Cairns pounced on a loose pass across the ?D?, rounded the keeper and flicked the ball home from a narrow angle. Wanderers were still trying to recover when Cairns scored a carbon copy second goal only this time his finish was much more emphatic, firing home high into the net after steeling the ball from a complacent defender.
In the 10th minute, Alan Forsyth opened his account, taking advantage of some terrific approach play by young Ben Peterson, who sent the Burne striker clear to slip a shot under the advancing keeper. Minutes later Cunningham pulled off a great save, low to his right, to prevent Dundee getting back in the game and from this Michael Bremner broke up field and extended Burne?s lead to 4-0 with a fierce shot high into the net.
Kelburne took advantage of their lead to bring on youngsters Craig Morton and Ryan Edgar. With 15 minutes on the Wanderers took advantage of a slack pass out of the Kelburne defence and pulled a goal back, and then got another with just seconds of the half remaining.
The half time score of 4-2 did not truly reflect the superiority of the Paisley side. However within 4 minutes of the second half Burne restored their earlier 4 goal advantage. Straight from push back, Alan Forsyth latched onto a Bremner pass and slipped the keeper to make it 5-2, then a Dundee breakaway saw them claw back another goal, Before another from Forsyth and a great solo effort from Bremner opened up the 4 goal gap to make 7-3 Kelburne.
Coach Jeff Cairns took another opportunity to blood some more of the youngsters with Simon Urie, Marc Connor, and Miles Goldie all getting into the fray. Indeed Urie almost had a dream debut when with almost his first touch he sent a deft reverse stick shot just inches past the post. With 6 minutes of the game remaining Wanderers gave themselves a lifeline with a fine goal from a short corner top make it 7-4, then Cunningham made the save of the game at the feet of an attacker.
However, it was Kelburne who finished the game on top again. Josh cairns scored with a beautiful flick over the keeper after being sent clean through by younger brother Jason, then Michael Bremner completed the scoring from close after another searing run from Josh Cairns to make the final score 9-4 to the Paisley side.
Burne coach Jeff cairns was naturally pleased with both the result and the performance. ?It was great to see our young side competing so well together. The entire squad are all still under 16 so they should have at last another two tournament in them, which looks well for the future. It?s difficult to balance the requirements to ensure that we can win the game and play the youngsters as much as possible and I know that a couple may have liked to have had more time than they got. But it?s great that they are all so desperate and confident that they want to play and we look forward to trying to bring this form into the outdoor cup where we have reached the semi-final stage. However, they all did extremely well today and deserved their success?