Youth football: Bute end year on winning note

Bute YFC's Matthew Leitch is at full stretch in the local team's 4-2 home win over Beith Juniors on Saturday.

Bute YFC's Matthew Leitch is at full stretch in the local team's 4-2 home win over Beith Juniors on Saturday.

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Ronan Officer and Matthew Leitch each bagged a double as Bute YFC’s under-16s enjoyed a 4-2 home win over Beith Juniors on Saturday in the island club’s final match of 2012.

The hosts dominated the opening period but had to wait until midway through the first half to take the lead, Officer finding the net with a powerful shot despite the best efforts of the Beith goalkeeper to keep it out.

Leitch added the second from a corner five minutes before the interval, and Officer deceived the keeper with a shot which found the net at the near post on the stroke of half time for Bute’s third.

Leitch made it four on 53 minutes after good work down the right wing, but Beith refused to throw in the towel, and pulled one back with a nice angled drive into the top corner three minutes later before adding a second consolation goal right at the end.

* For a full match report see the new issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, December 20.