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Westwood clinical in Scottish Cup semi final triumph

Fraserburgh Link-Up 1

Masson 37

Westwood Rovers 4

Lawson 14, Douglas 53, 66, Cole 73
  • Sunday, 30 March 2014
  • Davidson Park, Longside
  • Under 15´s
  • Scottish Cup

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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On a breezy day at Longside, Westwood Rovers made the 300 mile round trip to face Fraserburgh, who had knocked out last year's champions Tynecastle in the last round with a resounding 5-1 win. 
 
An interesting game was in prospect with both sides having good roads to the semi-final. this is only Fraserburgh's 3rd game on local territory and a strong crowd came down to support the Broch. 
 
Westwood weren't frightened by the early departure and took a decent following down to support their heroes, they also made plenty of noise which didn't go unnoticed, the attendance in the game was 236. 
 
Fraserburgh came out the brightest and had a great chance early on after captain Drew Masson tried his luck from 20 yards which crashed against the crossbar and cleared by the visiting defence. 
 
Fraserburgh  had the most of the play early on and Bailey Simpson was doing very well down the right hand side and set up chances as well as trying to put them away. 
 
A string of saves from Jamie Picken meant that there was no goals in the opening exchanges after a couple of frights from Fraserburgh, Kane McRory, Sean Douglas, Masson and Simpson had loads of chances to give the Broch first berth. 
 
Westwood made them pay with their 1st attack of the game, a great ball in by Josh Cochrane was met by Liam Lawson who guided the ball past Stott in the Broch goal. 
 
The Aberdeenshire side then found themselves an equaliser after a Sean Douglas shot was blocked and the ball came to Masson on the edge of the box who beautifully chipped the ball over Picken and a Westwood defender into the net much to the joy of the Fraserburgh supporters. 
  • Half Time:
  • Fraserburgh Link-Up
  • 1-1
  • Westwood Rovers
Fraserburgh started the second half in the way that they did in the first half as they played some really good football to start the period and also had a goal disallowed on 47 minutes as Blair Fraser played a short pass into the feet of Bailey Simpson who was unfortunately caught out by the linesman's flag. 
 
Just a couple of minutes later in the 53rd minute, Westwood took the lead again after a great ball in by Cochrane was met by Kieran Douglas who guided the ball past Nathan Stott in the Broch goal. 
 
The next goal was going to be the most important one and Fraserburgh had a golden chance to get themselves back into the game as a 22 yard drive from Sean Douglas just went wide of the right hand post. 
 
It was Westwood who grabbed the third goal after a cross cum shot from Kieran Douglas found it's way into the top left hand corner with Stott unfortunately caught out, Westwood were well on their way to winning the game. 
 
Rovers completed the scoring with 9 minutes to go and Matthew Cole this time got in on the act after his effort found the bottom left hand corner giving Stott in the Link-Up goal no chance. 
 
Fraserburgh crashed out of the Scottish Cup however they will be aiming to bounce back from this by winning the treble. Westwood are fighting for the league and will also have their thoughts on getting themselves Scottish Cup glory down in Airdrie on the 26th May. 
 
Fraserburgh goalscorer Drew Masson gave his verdict saying "We just didn't take our chances, we created a lot, hopefully we go on and concentrate on the rest of the season now. 
  • Full Time:
  • Fraserburgh Link-Up
  • 1-4
  • Westwood Rovers

Lineups

Fraserburgh Link-Up
Westwood Rovers

3. Liam Cameron
4. Bruce Mair
5. Nathan Stuart
6. Scott Roger
7. Blair Fraser
9. Bailey Simpson
10. Kane McCrory
11. Drew Masson
14. Jack Simpson
15. Jordan Mowat
16. Evan Dyka
17. Marc Watt
18. Angus Mutch
20 Brad Murray
21 Nathan Stott
22 Sean Douglas

1. Jamie Picken
3. Oisin Owens
6. Jordan Hutchison
7. Matthew Cole
8. Mark Dornan
9. William Whitecross
10. Charlie Stenskie
11. Kieran Douglas
12. Simon Fish
16. Rhys McNicol
17. Josh Cochrane
18. Lewis MacMillan
23. Greg Kelly
24. Fraser Turner
27. Liam Lawson

Star Player
Fraserburgh Link-Up
Westwood Rovers
Drew Masson produced a nice chip for the equalizer and played like a captain.
Kieran Douglas scored a brace and was an ever so present presence in the Westwood rearguard. Credit must also go to Jamie Picken for a string of good saves.
Magic Moment
Fraserburgh Link-Up
Westwood Rovers
Drew Masson's goal, a delightful chip.
The final whistle - confirming that Westwood have reached the Scottish Cup final, much to the joy of their players, coaches and supporters.
Club Views
Fraserburgh Link-Up
Westwood Rovers
Colin Simpson, Fraserburgh Link-Up Coach said "I thought we didn't deserve to concede four goals, we started the game really well however we didn't take our chances, we had loads of chances in the 1st 10-15 minutes of the game.

"It could have been our day if our finishing was better however all the best to Westwood Rovers in the final. The guys were caught offside so many times, at the end of the day it's 80 minutes of football and Westwood went the extra yard, they took their chances, we had loads of chances.
Colin Hutchison, Westwood Rovers coach said "Absolutely delighted, I'm a bit shocked. Training paid off for the four goals. We knew that we were up to it today after a tough opening 20 minutes, but we counter attacked well and kicked on from there."
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