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Cumbernauld Colts defeat Pollok United to reach SWF Scottish Cup last four

Pollok United 1

McCole 28

Cumbernauld Colts 3

McLeod 29, 31, McKenzie 50
  • Sunday, 03 September 2017
  • Dennis Donnelly Park
  • 13's Girls
  • Scottish Cup
A double from Rhiannon McLeod helped Cumbernauld Colts comeback to send the Colts into the semi final in a very good performance against Pollok United. Pollok's game plan from the start was to soak up the pressure and try to hit them on the counter attack and to some extent it worked but Cumbernauld Colts had too much quality in the end.
 
You could see from the outset that Colts were right up for this. They were hunting for the ball in packs, pressing high up the pitch to receive the ball and they were giving Pollok very little time on the ball.
 
The first chance did come from the Colts when Leona Jaap went on a mazy run down the right-hand side but it was well defended. Again, the defence couldn’t handle the pace of Jaap as she ran through the two centre halves again but the keeper saved well from the shot.
 
The first proper clear cut chance came against the run of play as it went to Pollok. A poor back pass from Teoni Kemmett put Kim McCole through on goal but the keeper was quick off her line to save the shot.
 
McLeod had her first chance of the game when she hit a long shot and that was spilled by the keeper but she recovered well. The resulting corner came to nothing.
 
Soon afterwards there was a defensive calamity for Pollok as the ball fell to the feet of Lauren Smith who unluckily hit the post. Another great chance for Colts went begging. And they would live to regret that as Pollok took the lead through McCole after a perfectly timed through ball from Keri-Rose McCracken sent McCole through to chip the ball into the top right and corner to give Pollok the lead against the run of play.
 
But Colts replied almost straight away through McLeod after a corner was whipped in with pace and it led to a pinball in the box and the ball falling to McLeod in the box and she hit it into the bottom corner on the stroke of half time to put the teams in level.
  • Half Time:
  • Pollok United
  • 1-1
  • Cumbernauld Colts
As soon as the second half started, Colts took the lead and it was McLeod who scored it again. They took the kick off, passed it back to McLeod who took the ball forward and there was no one closing it down so she shot at goal and the ball nestled into the bottom corner as they took the lead.
 
It was a quieter second half and the only other big chance that came from it was the for Colts as they extended their lead and it was McKenzie who wrapped the game up essentially when she made a mazy run through the Pollok defence and then slotted it beyond the keeper.
 
Colts could and probably should have made it four when a poor kick out from the keeper hit it straight to Jaap who hit it a bit too high over the bar.
  • Full Time:
  • Pollok United
  • 1-3
  • Cumbernauld Colts

Lineups

Pollok United
Cumbernauld Colts
1. Deanna Louise Craven
2. Maura Paterson
3. Gabriella Orr
4. Kelsey Taylor
5. Mia Wotherspoon
6. Holly Mitchell
7. Keri-Rose McCracken
9. Kim McCole
10. Sophie Henderson
11. Elle McCulloch
1. Naimh Miller
4. Teoni Kemmett
5. Hannah Coyle
6. Rhiannon McLeod
9. Leona Jaap
10. Eve Noble
12. Lauren Smith
13. Leah Donnelly
14. Kirsty McKenzie
Star Player
Pollok United
Cumbernauld Colts
Keri-Rose McCracken. Excellent assist for her team's opener.
Rhiannon McLeod. Two classy finishes.
Magic Moment
Pollok United
Cumbernauld Colts
The opening goal of the game was a beauty. Brilliant pass from McCracken and neat finish by McCole.
The third goal all but wrapped up the game and assured there was no way back for Pollok, and it was an amazing solo effort by McKenzie.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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