Bute Youth Football Coaching Under 15s travelled to Paisley last week for an away game against a Glenvale AFC Red team who, despite having been beaten on Bute the previous week, showed signs they were a team who worked hard and fought for every ball, writes coach Roddie Leitch.
With regulars Niven Shaw, Craig Speirs and Ronan Hunter missing from the team this week, Ryan Craig came in and played his first game outfield and fitted in at centre half well. This allowed Jonah to play at left-back for the missing Craig, and with Josh at right-back and the ever-present Ciaran Woods it made up as strong a back four as we have had all season.
Midfield was made up of CJ McMillan, Scott Harvey, Ryan Driver and Liam Graham with Myles Allan and top scorer Andy McErlean up top.
A strong bench also travelled with Lewis Miller, Ewan Mulholland, Jack Reynolds and Calum McGregor waiting to play.
The game started well for the home side as they dominated possession for the first 20 minutes but never really threatened Jordan’s goal. Some fine defending from Ryan and Ciaran with CJ and Scott working hard in the middle of the park was the reason why.
It wasn’t until the 23rd minute as Jordan rushed out and went down at the feet of the oncoming number 9 that Bute looked dangerous. Jordan immediately released Liam down the wing, some neat passing and fine play with CJj playing a nice ball wide to Ryan Driver who whipped in a great cross falling just too long for Andy. The clearance fell to Myles who unleashed a beauty of a volley which went just inches wide of the mark.
Half time 0-0.
Glenvale started the second half the way they had started the first - pressing everything. They really looked like a side who are coming onto their game late in the season. Bute have not really played a team who press as high up the pitch as they did.
The second half was really a battle of the midfield four, with CJ and Scott giving as good as they got against Glenvale’s numbers 5 and 8.
Ryan Craig then foiled another Glenvale attack and played a neat over the top pass into Andy. He ran on and beat the last man for pace but pulled his shot a bit and hit straight into the Glenvale keeper.
With only two minutes left it was Glenvale’s chance to win the match as their number 7 was clean through with just the keeper to beat. Jordan shut down the angle and stood tall parrying the ball to safety to keep it at 0-0 till full time.
This week’s game is the boys last away game for the season and with only one home game left the boys have moved up a place to 6th and have won 29 points, far more than anyone thought they would. I can’t speak highly enough of the boys’ hard work and commitment they have shown in the last eight months.
Thanks again to our team sponsors Delta Foods for their continued support of the boys.
BYFC have a game against Light Up Bute on Sunday May 1, are playing the teachers on Tuesday, May 3, and have their final league game at home to Hillwood on Saturday, May 7.