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Goals galore as Arbroath Lads advance to next round of cup

Irvine Meadow 3

Gemmell 15, Kirkwood 29, 66

Arbroath Lads Club 6

Booth 3, Paterson 19, Hutton, 25, 30, MacDonald 52 (pen), Beaton 65
  • Saturday, 03 December 2016
  • Greenwood Academy, Dreghorn
  • Under 14´s
  • inspiresport SYFA Cup - R4

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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It was third time lucky as this rearranged fourth round tie finally got the go ahead at Greenwood Academy, and it was the visitors who marched through to the next round in a breathless nine goal encounter. This very open match hung in the balance until the second half, as the goals piled up at both ends. Eventually though the side from Tayside turned the screw in the second half to book their fifth round place in style.

They seemed the fresher of the sides as the match kicked off, and were a goal up inside just three minutes, as Leo Booth headed home from a corner in his side’s first attacking foray. Arbroath had settled well on their lead, maintaining good possession as Irvine sought to recover their shape. When they did so, they were level on 15 minutes, courtesy of Matthew Gemmell’s strike.

It set the pattern for a frantic, end to end, encounter, with two pacey attacks finding plenty of space to exploit in behind the respective defences. The emphasis was on all-out attack at both ends, with Arbroath perhaps carrying more of the early edge. They continued to press in midfield and were rewarded as they retook the lead three minutes later as Josh Paterson swept home from inside the box.

Meadow were shaken and pushed deeper into their own half, with Nairn Beaton next to test Jamie Cree’s handling skills on 20 minutes. This time the home keeper got a good glove on the free kick shot to keep his side’s arrears at the solitary goal.

Arbroath by now had a good grip of the contest and were in the mood, beginning to dictate play in the middle and stretch the Irvine defence. They extended their lead on 25 minutes as a through ball found Lewis Hutton inside the box to dispatch past Cree.

The home side were frustrated by their sluggish start and needed some magic to try and spark a revival. Their brightest hopes looked to come through the attacking surges of Alex Kirkwood, and in a fine individual effort he had pegged Arbroath back just on the half hour, flicking the ball over advancing Aiden Smith to score into the empty net.

Five goals in the opening half hour of a relentless cup tie, and we were not done yet, as Arbroath re-established their two goal lead just a minute later. This time Hutton was quickest to latch on to a high ball, with the home defence in disarray. The forward had time to pick his spot and finish low past Cree for his second goal of this eventful tie.

Hutton’s pace and awareness up front had caused chaos in the home ranks, with Arbroath establishing a good platform through Beaton and Paterson in midfield. Captain Nairn MacDonald steadied things at the back to snuff out an Irvine attack increasingly reliant on the dribbling skills of Kirkwood.

  • Half Time:
  • Irvine Meadow
  • 2-4
  • Arbroath Lads Club

After a six goal opening half both sides took a well-earned breather, with Meadow eager to shore things up and plan a fight back. It was a second half though where the visitors really took a stranglehold, as they pressed in midfield and kept Irvine on the back foot.

After Paterson had a shot well held by Cree, Arbroath duly increased their advantage on 52 minutes, as Mason Anderson carved open the defence and Hutton was brought down in the box. The referee pointed to the spot and MacDonald stepped up to fire home and all but book his side’s place in the next round.

Arbroath kept up the tempo with Irvine beginning to look demoralised. Paterson was inches away from increasing the lead on 58 minutes, as he latched onto a ball in the box. At the other end Kirkwood remained the liveliest danger, with another driving run through the heart of the Arbroath rearguard, but he could only shoot over.

Good work down the left by Michael McIntrye almost got a goal back for Meadow, with his cross almost deflected past Smith. The scoring was not complete, but sadly for the hosts it was Arbroath who blasted a sixth past 1 on 65 minutes, as Beaton lashed home from close range after a left hand corner.

Irvine though were not lying down and immediately replied to reduce arrears, as Kirkwood dribbled through the Arbroath defence to shoot home for a ninth goal of the game.

It was all too little too late, though, as Arbroath went on to see this one out. They now prepare for another trip south to face Barrhead in the fifth round next weekend.

  • Full Time:
  • Irvine Meadow
  • 3-6
  • Arbroath Lads Club

Lineups

Irvine Meadow
Arbroath Lads Club
1 Jamie Cree
2 Matthew Gemmell
3 Robert Baillie
5 Logan Baillie
6 Sam Copeland
7 Alex Kirkwood
8 Arron Jack
9 Dec McCullagh
10 Michael McIntyre
11 Josh Hutchinson
12 James Gorman
15 Shaigh Hutton
16 Harly Baily
17 Ryan Craig
12 Aiden Smith
4 Liam Adam
16 Bartosz Kwiatek
19 Hayden Church
9 Mason Anderson
15 Nairn Beaton
5 Kai Cooper
10 Leo Boath
6 Nairn MacDonald
11 Lewis Hutton
7 Connor McFarlane
1 Shaun Watt
8 Josh Paterson
3 Aiden Hutton
14 Jamie Stewart
17 Jarvis Chalmers
Star Player
Irvine Meadow
Arbroath Lads Club
Alex Kirkwood's runs were the main Meadow threat, and he took his two goals well.
Josh Paterson helped himself to a goal and was helped build the Arbroath attack from midfield.
Magic Moment
Irvine Meadow
Arbroath Lads Club
Kirkwood's goal on 25 minutes was a great piece of opportunistic skill.
Leo Booth's early opener got Arbroath onto the front foot early, and there was to be no looking back.
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