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In one of the few games to beat the weather, Saughton's artificial pitch hosted the SYFA Challenge Cup fifth round tie between Tynecastle 2000 and Drumsagard. Glen Smith gave the hosts the lead but they were then overrun by a Drumsagard side who scored four times in twenty minutes courtesy of Adam Benelkaied, an Andrew Reilly double and Dexter Morrison. Jamie Neeson scored the only goal of the second half, as the away side ran out comfortable 5-1 winners.
Tynecastle 2000 are the club's second side at the Under 13's age group. The young outfit sit midtable in the second tier of the South East Region YFL, but have saved some of their being performances for the Scottish Cup. West Lothian Wanderers, Eskmill FC, St Peter's FC of Paisley and Dundee Celtic BC had all fell at the hands of the Edinburgh side in previous rounds. It was also the team's fifth successive home draw.
Drumsagard on the other hand were clocking up the miles. They narrowly beat Tynecastle's divisional rivals Dalkeith CYP in the previous round, following on from a convincing victory in Montrose. EDFC Rovers and Cameron Thistle Juveniles were taken care of in the local rounds by the Cambuslang based team who had lost just once in the very competitive top tier of the Lanarkshire FDA.
The hosts got off to the perfect start, taking the leads with only seconds on the clock. A free kick was won on the right flank and delivered into the danger area, falling to the feet of Glen Smith who swept the ball into the back of the net for the games opening goal.
It was a dream start for the home side but unaware to them, they had awaken the beast which was their South Lanarkshire opponents. Drumsagard fired a couple of warning blows before getting themselves back on level terms in the 5th minute. Adam Benelkaied was on hand to steer home the rebound after a good initial save following link up play down the left flank.
From that moment onwards the visitors took the game by the scruff of the neck. They took a deserved lead a little over ten minutes later, courtesy of another good piece of wide play. Blane McDade worked space before putting the ball on a plate for Andrew Reilly, who sidefooted the ball into an unguarded net.
Dexter Morrison was a workhorse in the middle of the park, rampaging from box to box. He tried his luck from outside the box, but the effort was well held by Kalum Fielding. However, just a minute later, Morrison turned provider as Drumsagard scored their third. The central midfielder won the ball before picking out a superb pass into the path of Reilly, who showed fantastic composure to catch the ball on the bounce and round the goalkeeper, before applying the finish.
Three minutes later Morrison got in on the scoring act himself. Picking the ball up 30 yards from goal, the Drumsagard number 14 set himself with a good first touch, before lofting an excellent shot over Fielding and underneath the bar.
The final chance of the first half gave Reilly a chance of bagging his hat-trick. The pacy striker beat the offside trap, but his effort was blocked by the onrushing Fielding.
Half Time: Tynecastle 2000 1-4 Drumsagard FA
Tynecastle started the second half more brightly, in the knowledge that they would have to be at their very best to find a way back into the match.
Archie Somerville showed glimpses of flair which excited the home support and he would have pulled back a goal for the home sides, had it not been for the referee's decision to judge him offside.
However, just as Tynecastle were starting to enjoy a new lease of life, Drumsagard put pay to any faint hopes they had of a comeback. Neat play down the left saw a cross deflected into the path of Jamie Neeson, who tapped home to make it 5-1.
Somerville went close again, after Andrew Hall's free kick had been headed clear by Morrison. The young striker half volleyed the loose ball towards goal, but Conna Rice was on his toes to make a routine save.
Darren Kelly went close to extending Drumsagard's lead. He did well to beat his marker, but couldn't get the better of Fielding, who made a good save.
Tynecastle raised the tempo and tried to find a way back into the match. However in Jamie Main and Brian McLean they found themselves up against a rock solid defensive pairing. The minutes passed by and the visitors cruised into the quarter finals.
For Tynecastle, the attention returns to local competition, after a superb run in the national competition. Drumsagard will be confident of keeping up their momentum and who knows, maybe a Lanarkshire side will be running out at the Excelsior Stadium in May?
Full Time: Tynecastle 2000 1-5 Drumsagard FA
|Douglas Dalgleish, Chairman of Tynecastle, said: "We did quite well considering there were a few struggling with injuries and illness. Full marks to Drumsagard who are a good side and we wish them well in the competition."
|Sandy Chugg, Head Coach of Drumsagard, said: "It was a hard fought match. We did the hard work in the first half, fell out of it a bit in the second but delighted to be in the draw and we know it's only hard games from here on."