Last week saw Charleston’s U14 boys football team play their first North of Scotland Cup fixture against Kingussie High School. Having already played Kingussie in the league this season and winning 4-2 the boys went into the game with confidence. A few injuries meant that the starting 11 was different from the team that faced Kingussie in the league. The most noticeable change was Iain Mackenzie playing in a more attacking role form the start.
Kingussie kicked the game off having won the toss and they started well. Kingussie certainly saw more of the ball and dominated the midfield battle. A display of wonderful passing saw Kingussie have a number of shots saved by Aiden
MacKenzie early in the half. Charleston struggled to get into a rhythm with their passing and seemed on the back foot for much of the half. Charleston’s back four were not their normal composed self and gave the keeper a few nervous moments. Captain, Lewis Jamieson, was working extremely hard in midfield chasing down every ball to try and get a lucky break.
It was midway through the half that his diligence paid off. He managed to intercept a pass and thread a long ball down the wing to Iain MacKenzie. Iain’s first touch took the ball past Kingussie’s right back and he slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the net, Charleston 1 – 0 Kingussie.
Kingussie kicked off again and seemed to find another gear, giving Charleston very little of the ball. It was much of the same for Charleston, an awful lot of defending and only managing to string together 2 passes before losing the ball. However, another fast break saw Iain MacKenzie net the ball for a second time close to the end of the half. Charleston went into half time with an undeserved lead of 2 – 0.
A quick team talk and a few subs for both teams proved to be beneficial for Charleston. We got a lot more of the ball and were now able to play more attacking football. With the boys playing further up the park they were exposed at times in defence and Kingussie capitalised on a defensive error to get one back. Lewis Jamieson was quick to respond to the Kingussie goal and hit one from range to restore the 2 goal cushion.
The game then went through a period in which the ball was held up in the middle of the park, with neither side getting an advantage in midfield. It was another error by Charleston that saw Kingussie get on the score sheet a second time. The score was now Charleston 3 – 2 Kingussie. A final few substations were made and this saw Lewis Jamieson once again restore the 2 goal cushion. With both Iain and Lewis on a hat trick this made for an interesting final 5 minutes. Iain came close having beat the keeper only to have a last ditch effort by a defender hook it off the line. From the resulting corner Lewis saw his effort on goal stopped by a fantastic save by their keeper.
The game ended Charleston 4 – 2 Kingussie. The next fixture will be next week versus Millburn Academy in a different cup competition.
Mr Alex Mezals, Maths Department and Under 15 Coach