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Kilsyth progress in Scottish Cup on penalties after ten-goal thriller

Kilsyth Athletic 5

Connelly 17, Bevan 36, 53, 83, Campbell 98

Banks O'Dee Albion 5

Sibson 58, May 61, Brodie 75, Fraser 85, Milne 87
  • 5-5 (Kilsyth Athletic win 2-1 on penalties)
  • Saturday, 01 December 2018
  • Kilsyth Sportsfield 3G
  • Under 15´s
  • Scottish Youth FA Cup

Kilsyth Athletic emerged victorious on penalties against Banks O'Dee Albion to progress to the Quarter Final of this year's Under 15 inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup.

Penalties were forced to decide the tie after the sides could not be separated in normal time as the game finished 3-3. Jamie Connelly scored the opener before a Joseph Bevan double had the home side 3-0 with half an hour left to play. However, Albion fought back with goals from Conor Sibson, Liam May and Elliot Brodie which brought the sides level to take the game to extra time.

Nonetheless, extra time still could not split the two teams. Joseph Bevan restored the Kilsyth lead with nothing short of a wonder goal, but amongst the celebrations, Liam Hogg was shown a second yellow card. Yet again, Albion came back and with two quickfire goals from Ryan Fraser and Bailey Milne and had their first lead in the game in extra time. On the stroke of half time, Kilsyth were reduced to nine men as Ciaran Clark was sent-off for a late challenge. But Louis Campbell, with moments left, nodded home from a corner to force penalty kicks.

Aiden Conway produced three great saves in the shootout for Kilsyth and sent the home side through to the Quarter Final to conclude an enthralling cup tie.

Kilsyth started the game on the front foot and their pressure paid off with 17 minutes on the clock. Robert Lang advanced with the ball on the left-hand side and found himself inside the Banks O'Dee Albion half before making a cross-field ball which found Jamie Connelly, who brought the ball down on the edge of the box and shifted the ball onto his right foot before smashing a shot into Archie Mackay's far corner.

Kilsyth continued to press and were unlucky not to double their lead when Joseph Bevan collected the ball on the right wing as Albion failed to clear a corner. Bevan whipped a ball across goal which Kirk Marshall just couldn't turn goalward.

But with just four minutes to go in the half, Kilsyth had a second goal. Again, Lang started the passage of play on the left and again played the same cross-field pass for Jamie Connelly. This time the midfielder had the intelligence to head the ball down the right-hand side for Bevan who cut back inside and from just outside the penalty area, unleashed an unstoppable shot into the bottom left corner.

  • Half Time:
  • Kilsyth Athletic
  • 2-0
  • Banks O'Dee Albion

Kilsyth started the second period the same way as they ended the first, in the ascendency and this showed as they scored a third goal.

Jamie Connelly drove at the heart of the Albion defence and played an outrageous reverse pass for Joseph Bevan, who timed his run perfectly and collected Connelly's pass in the penalty area before drilling the ball underneath the goalkeeper and into the back of the net with 13 minutes gone in the second half.

However, Banks O'Dee came roaring back and scored twice within three minutes.

The first came from Conor Sibson on 58 minutes. Sibson received a pass on the edge of the area and held off his marker before unleashing a powerful strike which flew into the roof of Aiden Conway's net, leaving the keeper no chance.

Liam May then scored again in the 61st minute for Albion. A corner from Tom Dalziel created a scramble in the Kilsyth area, the ball wasn't cleared, and Liam May was on hand to rifle home from close range to set up a thrilling last 20 minutes.

With just five minutes of the match left, Albion completed their comeback. A free-kick from Tom Dalziel on the left corner of the penalty area was whipped into the box, Conway came to collect but couldn't catch cleanly, the ball popped up into the air and Elliot Brodie nodded the ball into an empty net sparking wild celebration from Albion players and coaches.

The away side continued to push for a winner in the little time that remained, but the game ended 3-3 and extra time was to follow.

  • Full Time:
  • Kilsyth Athletic
  • 3-3
  • Banks O'Dee Albion
It was Kilsyth who struck first in extra-time and it was a goal worthy of winning any game of football. With three minutes gone in extra time, Joseph Bevan collected the ball from just inside the opposition half and held off defenders as he progressed towards goal and from 25-yards out he curled a left-footed effort into the top-right hand corner, a truly outstanding goal. However, in the celebrations, the referee issued a second yellow card for Liam Hogg for gesticulating in his celebrations, to the confusion of those on the side line from both teams.

Just two minutes later. Albion equalised again, this time from the penalty spot. Jayden Goldie skipped past his marker on the edge of the area and was bearing down on goal before being taken down by Robert Lang. The referee had no other option but to point to the spot. Ryan Fraser stepped up and sent Conway the wrong way to level the game once again.

With only a minute left in the first half of extra-time, Albion had their first lead in the match. Bailey Milne collected the ball as it deflected from a crowd of players and darted into the area. The striker used his strength to hold off two Kilsyth defenders before creating the space to put the ball past Conway with aplomb.

On the stroke of half-time, Kilsyth were reduced to 9-men after Ciaran Clark was shown a red-card for a late challenge, which gave Kilsyth a mountain to climb in the second half of extra time.

Kilsyth started the second half of extra time knowing they had nothing to lose and set up in what seemed like a two at the back formation to try and get the equaliser.

However, it was Albion who looked most dangerous as they tried to make their 2-man advantage count and they almost did on 97 minutes. A great run from Antonio Jam saw him breeze past Kilsyth players on his way into the penalty area, but as the striker went to pull the trigger, he was thwarted by an unbelievable goal saving tackle by Louis Campbell.

This sparked a counter-attack for Kilsyth who then won a corner with 98 minutes on the clock.

The corner from the right-hand side was whipped in from Robert Lang and found the head of Campbell at the near post whose header flew past the goalkeeper, evoking stunning celebrations from the Kilsyth squad.

In just a minute, Campbell had gone from saving his side from crashing out of the cup, to keeping their dream alive and scoring the equaliser to send the game to penalties.

Kilsyth scored their first two penalties through Joseph Bevan and then Robert Lang, whilst Albion's Ryan Fraser and Tom Dalziel were both denied by Aiden Conway.

Kilsyth then had the chance to win the shootout on their third penalty, but Josh Bolan's penalty was saved by Archie Mackay to keep the away side in the match.

Sebastian Holod then kept his nerve to score Albion's first penalty of the shootout.

Jamie Connelly then had another opportunity to win the shootout for Kilsyth, but he put his effort wide of the left post.

Albion's fourth penalty taker was Liam May. He had to score in order to keep their hopes stay alive. A miss would see Kilsyth victorious.

May stepped up and was denied by Aiden Conway who produced a magnificent save down to his right to push away May's effort and send Kilsyth Athletic through to the Quarter Final of the Scottish Youth FA Cup.

A heart-stopping end to an extraordinary game. A game where both teams, at one point, looked down and out, where both teams showed an amazing level of character and put on an overly entertaining spectacle.

Final Result: 5-5 (Kilsyth Athletic win 2-1 on penalties)

Lineups

Kilsyth Athletic
Banks O'Dee Albion
1. Aiden Conway
3. Robert Lang
4. Liam Hogg
5. Louis Campbell
6. Jamie Connelly
7. Josh Bolan
8. Ciaran Clark
9. Ruben Sandhu
10. Joseph Bevan
14. Aidan Callaghan
15. Conor Spence
16. Kirk Marshall
17. Kyle Pickles
1. Archie Mackay
2. Connor Moir
3. Liam May
4. Elliot Brodie
5. Conor Sibson
7. Tom Dalziel
8. Ryan Fraser
9. Sebastian Holod
10. Antonio Jam
11. Daniel Knowles
14. Morgan Matthew
15. Dominic Love
16. Jayden Goldie
18. Bailey Milne
19. Gregor Mcpherson
Star Player
Kilsyth Athletic
Banks O'Dee Albion
Joseph Bevan – The striker scored a fantastic hat-trick and worked from first minute until the very last.
Tom Dalziel – He was at the heart of a lot of things good for Banks O’Dee and was particularly dangerous from set-pieces.
Magic Moment
Kilsyth Athletic
Banks O'Dee Albion
Louis Campbell’s equaliser – The goal that kept Kilsyth’s Scottish Cup dreams alive, which came just moments after Campbell stopped Kilsyth going two behind up the other end.
Bailey Milne’s goal – A great piece of individual brilliance which was so close winning the game for the visitors.
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