A trip to Netherpollock playing fields in Glasgow was last Saturday’s trip for an away game against Hillwood BC, writes BYFC coach Roddie Leitch.
Hillwood were a point above the boys going into the game having played a few games more.
It was a fine day for football for a strong squad of boys; we left on the 11am ferry and got to the park in plenty of time for a 2pm kick-off.
The game started at a frantic pace and it was Jordan Leitch who had the first save to make. Reaching back and high he tipped a deflected shot over the bar after only 6 minutes. This seemed to spur the boys on and they soon settled into a nice game. Niven and Andy were starting to link well up front, and with Scott and CJ playing well in the middle of the park the chances soon came.
Top scorer Niven Shaw struck in the 28th minute from a quick Liam Graham throw in and the boys took a deserved lead and with a mix up between defender and keeper only 7 minutes later Niven got his second of the day when he got the last touch as the ball found the empty net.
Half time 2-0.
A back to form Andy scored just after the break when he charged down an attempted clearance from the Hillwood makeshift keeper and rolled it home to take the boys into a comfortable 3-0 lead.
It wasn’t long however when Hillwood pulled one back when their number 10 nicked in between Ryan Craig and Jordan to head the ball home from close range. This was the first time that the back four of Ryan, Jonah, Ciaran and Kyle Menzies had really been troubled but it did put the game back in the balance slightly as Hillwood were starting to play well.
Against the run of play, though, Niven got his hat trick. He hunted down a neat pass from CJ and finished well after rounding the keeper to make it 4-1. Then came the goal of the game when Ryan Craig powered forward to intercept a through ball, took a nice touch and lashed in a beauty into the roof of the net from fully 35 yards.
With a few players missing this week due to holidays the boys played well and are settling into a formation that suits them, this result has lifted them up two places to seventh in a tight league with still a few games in hand over the teams above. If the boys keep playing like this they could really push on and do well this season.
The squad is looking stronger than ever, after losing a few players the squad gained a few as well, with Kyle Menzies fitting into the back four well, James Nicol and John Rippie have also been added to bulk the squad up for a real title push.
Well done to Niven Shaw for his third man of the match award in four games and also his third hat trick of the season.
Huge thanks as always goes to Andy and Bill Wallace of Delta Foods for sponsoring the game.
Keep up to date with the boys’ progress on the league website, www.pjdyfl.com; go to fixtures, 2001, division 3 to see the boys’ scores and upcoming games along with their league process. You can also keep up to date on their Facebook page - just search for BYFC under 15s.