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Knightswood beat Carbrain on spot kicks in a thrilling Scottish Cup tie

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Knightswood BC
 vs
Carbrain Sky Blues
 
 
 
U16's Scottish Cup
 
26 October 2014
 
 
 
This game survived the atrocious weather, having been moved from grass to astro.
 
Knightswood were looking to keep their cup run going and after last weeks late winner in the league against Glenboig, they were in a very confident mood.
 
With the rain pouring down and the wind howling, the referee got the game underway and right from the start it was obvious the the wind would play a major role in this cup tie.
 
Both teams went looking for the early nerve settling goal, however it wasn't until midway through the first half before the net would bulge. A corner swung over from Knightswood's right was met by Kyle Hannah who lashed the ball into the net to give the home side the lead. 
 
Knightswood pressed and pressed for the second, however it wasn't all one way traffic with Carbrain creating chances, however good goalkeeping by stand-in keeper Soave and some wayward finishing kept the score at halftime 1-0 to Knightswood.
 
Half Time: Knightswood BC 1-0 Carbrain Sky Blues
 
With the wind behind them in the second half, Carbrain were playing the ball long trying to catch out Knightswood's centre back Murney and Hannah, however they were getting no joy.
 
Keeper Soave was instead being tested with long range wind assisted shots and it was from a long rang free kick that provided the major talking point of the game, with Knightswood leading 1-0, Carbrain were awarded a free kick inside the Knightswood half, this was duly despatched goal wards, Soave palmed the ball upwards and then caught it, however to the astonishment of the Knightswood management and players the referee deemed the ball to have crossed the the line, this sparked wild celebration amongst the Carbrain contingent.
 
The decision seemed to effect some the Knightswood players and inspire Carbrain as they went in search of a second goal, there were chances at both ends, however after 80 minutes it was 1-1.
 
Full Time: Knightswood BC 1-1 Carbrain Sky Blues
 
Into extra time and Carbrain started the first period with the wind at their backs and it wasn't long before this would prove costly for Knightswood, with another long range free kick deceiving Soave and nestling into the back of the the net, 2-1 to Carbrain, not long after that it was 3-1 to Carbrain, with a shot from outside the box beating the Knightswood keeper down at his right hand side, this sent the Carbrain boys wild and it looked as if this tie was over, oh how wrong could you be. 
 
Knightswood were then dealt a major blow and were left with a mountain to climb when they were reduced to 10 men, however this seemed to galvanise them and just before the end of the first period Halligan skipped his way past the Carbrain defence before finishing with a cracking shot into the net, 3-2 to Carbrain. 
 
Into the 2nd half of extra time and Knightswood changed to a back 3 and pressed for the equaliser, they were rewarded when Dibble's shot struck the back of the Carbrain net for the equaliser, this sent the home team and support into raptures. 
 
This game was far from over and with 3 minutes to go Carbrain won a corner on Knightswood's left , the ball was swung into the mix and was cleared to the edge of the area by the defence, however Murney from Knightswood was left lying prostate on the six yard line having received a blow to his head, the referee played on and this allowed a Carbrain player to fire the ball goal wards towards Soave, who could only palm the ball into the roof of his net to make it 4-3 to Carbrain, this looked like the winner, however this game had been full of twists and turns and in added-on-time in extra time Knightswood's O'Malley fired towards the Carbrain goal and the ball ended up in the net, 4-4, this was the last kick of the game and it was down to the lottery of penalties to decide this pulsating cup tie.
 
After Extra Time: Knightswood BC 4-4 Carbrain Sky Blues
 
With both teams scoring their first four penalties, which were expertly converted giving the respective keepers no chance, it was now a chance for the keepers to become a hero. Leonard stepped forward to take number 5 for Knightswood, he proceeded to slot his spot kick into the keepers right hand corner giving him no chance, now it was Soaves turn to be the hero for Knightswood, Carbrain's 5th spot kick taker sent his shot towards goal, however Soave dived the correct way and saved the kick, his team mates ran to mob him along with the coaches. 
 
This was a fantastic cup tie played in a great spirit by both teams in atrocious weather conditions, well done to both teams.
 
After Penalty Kicks: Knightswood BC* 4-4 Carbrain Sky Blues (5-4)
 
 
 
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