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Sauchie book cup final place after confident win over Row

Harmony Row YC 0

Sauchie Juniors 2

Love 24, Gunn 38
  • Saturday, 22 March 2014
  • Sir Alex Ferguson Park
  • Under 21´s
  • Lady Darling Cup

Alisdair Morrison | YFS West Region Journalist

Sauchie Juniors booked their place in the 2014 Lady Darling Cup Final with a confident 2-0 victory away to a solid Harmony Row side.
 
A classic blend of confused weather welcomed Sauchie to the Alex Ferguson Park, with players no doubt unsure whether to go for snoods or short sleeves amidst the sun, hail and wind. The weather may well have been to blame for the underwhelming crowd at this semi-final, but the action on the park proved enough to heat up all those present.
 
Sauchie got the game underway but the first chance of the match fell to Harmony Row’s Cameron Haddow. After being played through on goal, the frontman was unlucky to see his effort slip past ‘keeper Dylan Harrison before edging just by the right post.
 
Sauchie weren’t to be pinned back in the early stages though as they had a chance of their own through Greg Gunn, who had a decent shot parried away by Jordan Bowskill.
 
After a bit of a scramble in the Harmony Row box, the ball fell to Jack Docherty who fired a shot just past the bottom left corner.
 
The Row’s Mark Burbidge was next to throw his name in the hat after some silky dribbling down the right wing saw a chance open up for him. His shot with the outside of the right foot was heading for the far post but a deflection forced the corner, though nothing came of the set piece.  
 
At the other end, Sauchie’s Josh Walker was brought down in the box, and the Alloa men won themselves a penalty and a decisive chance to open the scoring in a tightly-contested first half.
 
Stuart Love stepped up to the spot and sent Bowskill the wrong way, slotting home into the bottom left corner and giving Sauchie the crucial edge.
 
And they were at it again not long after, as firstly Anthony McTaggart saw a left-footed shot whistle past the left post before Stuart Love tried for his second goal, though the shot was too high.
 
The Row were trying valiantly to get themselves level and maybe should have when Mark Burbidge again got past his man to put in a dangerous cross. It fell to Ross McEntee who probably should have done better from short range, with his shot going wide of the right post.
 
Another chance came for Harmony Row as a great ball in from left-back Graeme Anderson found the head of Steven Young in the area. The frontman’s header could easily have found the net but sneaked just past the right post.
 
But it wasn’t to be for the Row, as Sauchie soon found themselves two-nil up. Graeme Gunn had too much time and space on the edge of the Row box, and he arrowed a right-footed shot into the top left leaving Jordan Bowskill with no chance.
 
It was almost three-nil before half-time but for an incredible save from Bowskill. Stuart Love found himself with an almost open goal, only for Bowskill to recover brilliantly and get a crucial toe to the shot.
  • Half Time:
  • Harmony Row YC
  • 0-2
  • Sauchie Juniors

Harmony Row started us off for the second period but the first chance of the half fell to the visitors as they looked to put the game beyond the Row. Craig Martin found himself free at the back post but somehow managed to head over from close range.
 
It just wasn’t to be for the Row on this day, and matters were compounded when substitute Ross Simpson was red-carded early in the second half for kicking out at an opponent.
 
After being reduced to ten men, the home side created a series of decent chances and were probably unfortunate not to have crept back into the game.
 
Graeme Anderson’s wild cross into the area managed to fool Sauchie ‘keeper Dylan Harrison, and the delivery ended up smashing back off the crossbar.
 
Their next chance fell to Stewart Davidson, who had a good effort from a free-kick saved by Harrison.
 
Sauchie had a chance of their own from a free-kick on the left side of the box. Stuart Love put in a teasing cross and the chance fell to Ross Gruar whose shot couldn’t evade Jordan Bowskill’s smothering arms.
 
Love found himself through on goal shortly after, but Scott Jackson got back and put in a tremendous tackle which no doubt gave the home side something to cling on to in the final stages.
 
The Row weren’t giving this one up just yet, and Mark Burbidge was played in down the left side by Stuart Davidson only to see his left-footed effort go narrowly wide of the near post.
 
Again Harmony Row kept pressing and looked ever more like the side with the extra man, Sauchie seemingly quite content with the two-goal and one-man advantage.
 
A neat one-two between Scott Jackson and Stewart Davidson left Jackson with an opening, only for his shot to fire past the left post.
 
It really wasn’t to be Harmony Row’s day, and the home side found themselves reduced to nine men in the closing minutes after goalkeeper Jordan Bowskill was sent off for raising his hands to an opponent.
 
The match ended shortly after, with Harmony Row left to rue their luck, emerging from the game two goals and two men down.
 
Sauchie’s clinical display was enough to book their passage into the last two, and they’ll no doubt be looking forward to a tough clash with Falkirk Athletic in the 2014 Lady Darling Cup Final.
  • Full Time:
  • Harmony Row YC
  • 0-2
  • Sauchie Juniors

Lineups

Harmony Row YC
Sauchie Juniors

1. Jordan Bowskill
2. Lewis Mackie
3. Graeme Anderson
4. Christopher Meikle
5. Daniel MacKinnon
6. Scott Jackson
7. Mark Burbidge
8. Grant Bolton
9. Steven Young
10. Cameron Haddow
11. Ross McEntee
12. Stewart Davidson
14. Theo Vezza
15. Mark Little
16. Ross Simpson
17. Luke Running

1. Dylan Harrison
2. Daniel Kelly
4. Anthony McTaggart
5. Ross Gruar
6. Andrew Gibson
7. Craig Martin
8. Greg Gunn
9. Jack Docherty
10. Stuart Love
11. Josh Walker
12. Kev Robertson
14. Ben Hollywood
15. Alaistar Brown
16. Shaun Johnston
17. Jason Ward
19. Steven Bone

Star Player
Harmony Row YC
Sauchie Juniors
Scott Jackson left it all on the park at the end of the 90, and proved to be valuable in several different positions as the team shifted around trying to find a way back into the game.
Stuart Love was always in the thick of the action and played a key role in the game by notching the first goal through a coolly placed penalty.
Magic Moment
Harmony Row YC
Sauchie Juniors
Jordan Bowskill's reflex save after leaving the goal exposed was magnificent recovery work.
Graeme Gunn's stunning strike gave Sauchie a cushion that proved too much for their opponents in the end.
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