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East Kilbride sweep aside Whitehill Welfare in Scottish Cup second round

Whitehill Welfare 0

East Kilbride 4

McInally 27, Craig 47, Millar 73, 75
  • Sunday, 01 October 2017
  • Ferguson Park
  • Under 20´s
  • SFA Youth Cup - R2

East Kilbride booked their place in the third round of the Scottish Cup after overcoming Whitehill Welfare 4-0 at Ferguson Park.

Whitehill kicked off on a windy Sunday afternoon and were immediately on the back foot due to East Kilbride’s high press.

The first chance of the game fell to East Kilbride’s Gavin Millar after three minutes. The left winger got on the end of a long throw and drove toward goal down the left, but fired his shot wide of the far post.

East Kilbride went close to taking the lead following a fortuitous cross from left-back Conor Bell. The defender curled a high cross in from the left that swerved towards goal, forcing Welfare keeper Ross Jardine to acrobatically tip the ball over the bar.

East Kilbride continued to dominate the game and deservedly took the lead after 27 minutes. Central midfielder Lewis Doherty had the ball in the centre of the pitch about 35 yards out and found Jay McInally with a superb through ball. McInally kept his composure and slotted past the left of the onrushing Jardine.

Millar then came close to grabbing East Kilbride’s second. The winger received the ball in the middle of the park, beating one player before lashing a right foot shot from 25 yards that Jardine parried over.

Whitehill Welfare struggled to create clear-cut chances and their striker Declan Knox became increasingly isolated.

McInally would have grabbed a second if not for a fantastic reflex save from Jardine. The ball fell at McInally’s feet following a corner and the forward blasted a close-range shot at the Whitehill Welfare goal, only for Jardine to tip the ball wide of his near post.

The referee soon blew his whistle for half-time with East Kilbride narrowly leading by one.

  • Half Time:
  • Whitehill Welfare
  • 0-1
  • East Kilbride

East Kilbride doubled their lead just two minutes after the restart thanks to a penalty. Millar was brought down after breaking through on goal and the referee blew his whistle instantly. East Kilbride captain Liam Craig dispatched his shot into the bottom left corner, just out of reach of Jardine.

Defender Fraser Robertson almost added a third after some impressive play from Craig. The winger sprinted down the right and did well to beat his defender. Craig then curled an inviting ball in to Robertson, who headed narrowly over.

With half an hour remaining, Whitehill started to press for a goal that would bring them back into the game. Knox did well to fashion an opening after breaking down the right wing, dribbling well before firing a low shot from 25 yards that was easily saved.

East Kilbride switched to a more counter-attacking mentality and almost reaped the rewards immediately. Right-winger Craig burst down the byline and fired a shot that Jardine did well to block. Doherty followed up but the ball was deflected behind for a corner.

Millar then got the goal that his play deserved and effectively killed the tie. The nimble winger received the ball to the left of the box, showed neat footwork to beat his man before coolly slotting the ball home.

He would not have to wait long to grab his second and his team’s fourth. Just two minutes later the winger showed superb movement to get on the end of a long ball over the top, effortlessly dribbling past the last defender before striking a low, powerful shot at the near post.

Whitehill Welfare kept pushing for a consolation goal and came close after a well-worked set piece. Whitehill were awarded a free kick on the left around 30 yards from goal and flooded the box with men. East Kilbride followed suit, but failed to pick up Sonny Swanson standing next to the ball. He was played through with acres of space but failed to capitalise on it, striking a timid shot that was easily saved.

Whitehill still had time for one more chance and it fell to substitute Ramsey. The ball landed at the Ramsey’s feet on the edge of the box, but his shot was deflected over the bar.

The final whistle was blown soon after and East Kilbride celebrated their progress to the next round.

  • Full Time:
  • Whitehill Welfare
  • 0-4
  • East Kilbride

Lineups

Whitehill Welfare
East Kilbride
1. Ross Jardine
2. Corey Robertson
3. Kyle Brockie
4. Kai Austin
5. Cammy Watson
6. Kieran Reynolds
7. Greg Lloyd
8. Greg Park
10. Sonny Swanson
11. Lee Barrett
12. A. Ramsay
14. C. Skirvine
19. Declan Knox
1. Kieran Bell
2. Fraser Robertson
3. Jack McMahon
4. Blair Kidd
5. Conor Bell
6. James Cassidy
7. Liam Craig
8. Michael Anderson
9. Jay McInally
10. Lewis Doherty
11. Gavin Millar
12. Jack Mooney
14. Nathan Khanna
15. Scott Brodie
16. Dylan Collins
17. Evan Wylie
19. Greig Stewart
21. Craig Melrose
Star Player
Whitehill Welfare
East Kilbride
Ross Jardine - the goalkeeper pulled off a number of fine stops throughout the match. Kept his team in the game until the third goal went in.
Blair Kidd- Was a rock at the heart of the defence. Restricted opposition throughout the game and didn't give the opposition any time on the ball.
Magic Moment
Whitehill Welfare
East Kilbride
Ross Jardine's save from McInally in the first half was an outstanding demonstration of the shot-stopper's reflexes.
Gavin Millar's second goal was extremely well taken. An intelligent run behind the defence and a composed finish to boot. Terrific stuff from the winger.
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