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Goalkeeping heroics earn Thistle Scottish Cup progress

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U15 Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup - R1
Allandale
09 September 2013

James  Black
By James Black
 
 
 
Steins Thistle and Calderbraes BC kicked off the first round of the Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup with a match that in all honesty neither team deserved to lose. These teams had faced each other a few days previously with Calderbraes coming out victorious but this time it was Steins who came away with the spoils and their name in the second round of the cup despite the best efforts of their opposition

Both sides struggled to get a firm grip on the game in the early goings with Calderbraes looking a little more composed on the ball and Josh Higgins in particular looking dangerous. It was Calderbraes who looked most likely to score in the early going with Higgins, James Woods and Jamie Gribbons all forcing Steins' stand in goalkeeper Andrew Esplin into early action.
 
It was Steins however who took the lead after 15 minutes. A kick out from Calderbraes 'keeper Jack Nisbet was intercepted by Paul Eaton and the big striker done well to maintain his composure and drill a low shot beyond the despairing 'keeper.
 
A few minutes later Calderbraes had an opportunity to equalise from the penalty spot. The referee awarded the spot kick for handball although it was a fairly soft decision. Higgins stepped up to take the kick but it was kept out by the impressive Esplin.
 
Moments later Calderbraes had another spot kick, this time there was no debate after Esplin brought down the onrushing attacker. Higgins stepped up again and put his penalty in almost the exact same spot as his first. Esplin was more than a match or the second penalty of the day.

Half Time: Steins Thistle 2-1 Calderbraes BC
 
At halftime Steins brought on Cameron Keay for the tricky Ross Mitchell who tried hard but couldn't quite get things to come off as he hoped.

Calderbraes came right out of the traps in the second half looking to restore parity and only the good form of Steins' Esplin, a central defender normally, kept his teams advantage intact.
 
Calderbraes tried to freshen things up by replacing Jonathan Whelan and William Duffy with Callum Mills and Lewis Mitchell. Calderbraes continued to push on looking for an equaliser and Higgins had a number of chances that just weren't quite enough to beat Esplin.
 
As the game progressed Calerbraes' Woods looked more and more dangerous. He continually looked for the ball and kept driving his team mates on and looked to be his sides biggest threat in the second half. Steins then withdrew goalscorer Eaton, to be replaced by Taylor McMullan, as the big man's thankless shift as the lone striker came to an end. 
 
McMullan made a quick impact on the game when he scored Steins' third. A delightful ball from the right wing by the impressive  Lewis Robertson split the defence and found McMullan in the penalty area and his low strike was just out of reach of Nisbet.
 
With just a few minutes to go Lewis Mitchell gave his side a breif glimmer of hope when he clawed it back to 3-2 after his lob from the edge of the area caught out Esplin as he came to try clear the ball. 
 
Full Time: Steins Thistle 3-2 Calderbraes BC

 

Steins Thistle Calderbraes BC
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1. Andrew Esplin
5. Lewis Millar
8. Rhys Livingstone
3. Cameron Mclure
12. Kieran Leary
14. Nathan Rimmer
6. Bryden Nolan
10. Steven Brannan
24. Lewis Robertson
9. Ross Mitchell
23. Paul Eaton
11. Taylor McMullan
15. Cameron Keay
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1. Jack Nisbet
16. Johnathan Whelan
13. Stephen Cross
5. Darren Devine
3. Callum Scott
8. Josh Higgins
6. Alex Hunter
12. Kieran Pollock
11. Jamie Gribbons
17. James Woods
14. William Duffy
7. Callum Mills
19. Lewis Mitchell
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Andrew Esplin produced two penalty saves, confident, assured goalkeeping and the difference between Steins winning and losing. Not bad for a makeshift goalkeeper.
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James Woods was never afraid to look for the ball. Great eye for a pass and a fantastic engine.
 
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Andrew Esplin, Steins goalkeeper, said: 'It was a great performance and we played really well to beat a team who we lost to on Thursday."
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