Rudy Bou’s goal booked Kennoway United’s spot in Round Four of the Scottish Cup as they beat Dundee West. The striker grabbed the decisive goal late in the first half, and his side managed to hold on to make it to the next round.
The match, like many up and down Scotland, was preceded by a minute’s silence in the memory of Kennoway 2006’s Owen Nisbet, whose life was tragically cut short during the week. The minute’s silence was well observed by both sets of players, coaches and parents.
Injuries and suspensions meant both sides were down to the bare bones, with the Dundee West team line only featuring 12 names, while Kennoway had just 13 players available. The hosts weren’t helped when midfielder Jude McIntosh was lost to injury inside the opening five minutes.
Both sides struggled to get a foothold in the game early on, with play being stopped regularly for niggling fouls from both sets of players. Dundee West got their first sight of goal after 17 minutes when Callum Rae looped a cross over the Kennoway defence into Cavan McLaren, but he could only send his shot straight at Craig Doctor.
Kennoway should have opened the scoring just after the half hour mark when Rudy Bou was sent in behind the Dundee West defence, but he sliced his effort horribly wide with only David Boylan to beat.
Bou would make amends for passing up this opportunity less than a minute later, as he opened the scoring from close range. Dylan Walker’s shot was saved by Boylan, but the ball eventually broke across the face of goal, where Bou was waiting to finish past the defender on the line from a matter of yards out.
Boylan denied Bou a second on the stroke of half time, when he smothered the striker’s effort from a tight angle.