The additions made to this season's Under 20s squad, together with the players still in the squad from last season showing the value of an extra year's maturity and experience, combined again to produce an excellent performance today. Just as in the win at Civil Service Strollers last week, the young Pars team played a good passing game, and this week added extra goals.
Today's game was a semi-final of a 4 team pre-season tournament hosted by Kelty Hearts. The Pars game kicked of at noon, and was followed at 3.30pm with Kelty playing Cowdenbeath Under 20s. The winners from each game are due to play the final tomorrow afternoon.
John Potter started alongside Callum Fordyce in the heart of the Pars defence, with the remainder of the team all aged under 20. From the start, it was clear that Dunfermline were the better team, and were quicker in mind and body than their Junior league opponents. Former Par Ross Drummond was at left back for Dundonald.
The Pars took the lead in the 11th minute when Mayne of the Bluebell was unable to prevent an attempted clearance from going into his own net. The second goal came in the 13th minute when Pars striker Calum Smith intercepted a back pass and played the ball across the goal for James Thomas to tap in. After 25 minutes it was Smith's turn to score when he got on the end of a Euan Spark cross to shoot home. Smith was involved again after 32 minutes when he set up Thomas for the Pars fourth goal.
Dundonald got a goal back when Drummond crossed for Morrison to finish.
The second half saw the Pars continue to dominate the game and went further ahead after 65 minutes. Conner Duthie made a good run down the left and from his cross, Dundonald's Waugh played the ball into his own net for the second own goal of the day. Dunfermline then hit the post twice through Thomas' well taken free kick and later through an effort from substitute Brandon Luke. The team ended the game with an even younger look to it, with subs Luke, Robbie Crawford, Stuart Morrison, John James Henderson, Josh Robertson, Andrew Owen and Jack McClair all being given game time.
A very encouraging performance, with special mention to Johnny Galloway in midfield who was the game's outstanding player. It was also good to see club captain Callum Fordyce get his first full 90 minutes following his return from injury.
With Kelty defeating Cowdenbeath Under 20s 6-1 in the game that followed this, they will play the Pars in the final of the tournament tomorrow at 3.30pm.
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