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Cumbernauld Colts fight hard to get past Wishaw WW

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Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers
 vs
Cumbernauld Colts
 
 
 
U14's Scottish Cup Preliminary Round
 
7 September 2014
 
 
 
This cup tie saw undefeated Cumbernauld Colts travel to Coltness High School to play Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers, which on paper looked to be Colts’ first real test of the season and that is how it proved to be!
 
As Colts lined up in a new look 3-5-2 formation, Wanderers dominated possession in the first ten minutes and took an early lead due to some poor Colts defending that left the Wanderers striker at the far post with a straightforward conversion. 
 
This prompted Colts into reverting back to a more familiar 4-4-2 shape in order to get back into the match, with (Stuart) Provan dropping back to his favoured right back position and Conway moving to the left side of the four.
 
With Colts coming back into the game, midfielder Tonner showed unbelievable desire, sprinting at least 30 yards to keep the ball in play, deep in the Wanderers half, to then keep great composure to cross for Trainer to level the score line at 1-1. 
 
With Wanderers making a couple of first half substitutions to counter-act Colts’ spell of dominance, both teams enjoyed a number of shots on goal making both goalkeepers work hard in the run-in to half time which saw Colts keeper Stackpool make an excellent fingertip save to deny the Wanderers forward to keep the score at 1-1. 
 
Half Time: Wishaw WW 1-1 Cumbernauld Colts
 
At half time Colts made a few changes with Johnstone replacing Stackpool in goal to give the Colts keeper a well earned rest. 
 
The changes also saw (Ross) Provan, Irving and McLean enter the fray. Wanderers remained unchanged.
 
The second half got underway for Colts with Tonner and Doogan dominating midfield, Monaghan moving up front to give isolated strike partner, Trainer, some support and defender McLean filling in for Monaghan’s absence in defence. 
 
Colts worked the ball well creating an opportunity for Trainer to get his second of the match, giving the Colts a 2-1 lead.
 
As the game progressed, and Colts legs began to tire, allowing Wanderers to come back into the match. 
 
They threatened the Colts goal on a number of occasions failing however to convert until a well worked corner saw Wanderers level the score line at 2-2. 
 
Wanderers then seized control of the game, forcing Colts striker Monaghan back to help his midfield leaving Trainer isolated up front once more.
 
Wanderers were knocking at the door and would have went in front if not for some top class goalkeeping from Johnstone at full stretch holding on to a goal bound header to alleviate the pressure and stopping a Wanderers free kick that he himself conceded when he lost his bearings on the edge of the box. 
 
Nevertheless, the game remained all square and at 2-2 the game was in the balance.
 
With only five minutes to go, Colts displayed an excellent passing move that saw Monaghan through on goal to put Colts 3-2 up.
 
As the clock ticked down, Tonner was substituted due to injury which allowed more space in midfield for Wanderers to dictate. 
 
However, as Wanderers pressed for a late equalizer the ball broke kindly at the other end of the pitch for Trainer whose shot on goal was initially well saved by the Wanderers keeper, but trickled over the line to give Colts a two goal cushion and Trainer his Hat-trick. 
 
The referee was to then blow for full time, bringing to an end a terrific match from which both teams can take a lot credit.  
 
Nonetheless, it is Cumbernauld Colts who march on to the next round of the Scottish Cup. 
 
Full Time: Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers 2-4 Cumbernauld Colts 
 
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