Link Up set up semi-final with Culter

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Link Up U15s played Colony Park in the Stonehaven Youth Trophy quarter finals last weekend, writes David Mair.

Right from the off, they moved the ball around at pace with precise passing and fluid interchanging of positions which meant that for lengthy spells their opponents barely touched the ball.

They took the lead after creating a series of chances when a Mowat free-kick from his own half was headed down by Stuart for McCRORY to control with one touch and drill past the keeper.

A patient move worked the ball out from defence through midfield and found it’s way to Douglas whose effort on goal was deflected high in the air only for SIMPSON to collect it and slot home for 2-0.

A headed clearance from Masson found McCRORY 30 yards out and he surged past a couple of challenges to net with a powerful low drive into the bottom left corner.

4-0 arrived via a slick passing move which worked the ball across the pitch from left to right for Douglas to deliver an inswinging cross at waist height for STUART to touch home with a glancing volley.

SIMPSON made it 5-0 early in the second period, when he calmly clipped the ball over the grounded keeper after Douglas had turned away from his marker and outpaced the defence down the left to deliver a low, driven cross.

Colony are by no means a poor side and they pulled a goal back with a powerful drive from 15 yards, created by a quick, incisive move down the left.

Link Up replied immediately, Watt winning possession in midfield and slipping an accurate pass through to SIMPSON who outstripped the defence to fire low past the keeper.

6-2 followed through a Colony penalty after Link Up twice failed to clear their lines leaving Stott with no option but to make a risky last ditch challenge on a Colony forward.

DOUGLAS completed the scoring at 7-2, slotting home the rebound after Roger’s initial shot was saved from a corner.

A comfortable and deserved win which sees Link Up into the semi-final where they travel to meet Culter.