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Wilson the hero as Goldenhill reach final

Goldenhill BC 1

Boyle 5

Tower Hearts 1

Fraser 50
  • Final Result: Goldenhill BC 1-1 Tower Hearts (AET, Goldenhill win 3-1 on penalties)
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2014
  • Holm Park, Yoker
  • Under 21´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup - Semi Final

James Hunter | YFS West Region Journalist
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Marc Wilson was the hero for Goldenhill as they booked their place in the Scottish Cup final. Wilson saved three penalties for the Gowdie in the penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw after extra time. Yoker Athletics’ Holm Park was the venue on a cold, dull day that saw a scrappy affair which didn’t produce the best footballing display from either side. Goldenhill won’t mind that though after gaining their place at the finals in Airdrie in just over a month’s time.
Tower Hearts started the brighter of the two sides and took the lead with just five minutes on the clock. Captain Jonathan Allan floated a free kick deep into the Gowdie box which was knocked down to Graham Boyd. Boyd attempted to get the shot away but his effort was deflected into the path of Jamie Boyle. The number 10 was all on his own as he fired home a neat strike at the near post, leaving Goldenhill’s Wilson with no chance.
Tower dominated the early proceedings and had a legitimate shout for a penalty after Boyd looked like he might have been taken down. Whilst the defender never took any of the ball it was debatable as to whether he caught Boyd. They continued to press Goldenhill in search of a second goal and forced an error out of Shaun Kelly who gave the ball away to Fraser Barbour who tested Wilson but it was easy for the keeper.
Goldenhill weren’t having any clear cut chances but were awarded a free kick in a dangerous area. Andrew Campbell stepped up to take it but his effort crashed off the wall before his rebounded strike settled straight into the arms of Tower Hearts goalkeeper Daryll Jones.
Whilst not being the best of efforts, Gowdie had their tails up and saw a fizzing drive from Steven Dock goes just wide of the right hand post. They also had the last chance of the half after Davie Manley was played in following a terrific long ball from Shaun Fraser, finding Manley in space but he sliced the saw wide.
  • Half Time:
  • Goldenhill BC
  • 0-1
  • Tower Hearts
It didn’t take Goldenhill long in to the second half to level the game but the complexion of it could’ve been so much different if Wilson didn’t manage to tip Boyd’s header over the bar very early on in the second half. The equaliser came after a mistake from Barbour who, seemingly unaware of his surroundings, passed the ball straight to Goldenhill’s Shaun Fraser. With the keeper off his line as he was searching for the pass from Barbour, Fraser rounded him and knocked the ball into the net to get Gowdie back on level terms.
Tower didn’t allow Goldenhill to go on the ascendancy and instead searched for the goal that would put them back in front. Allan hit a long range rocket of a shot which had Wilson at full stretch to try and save before going wide. They came close again as Darren Jones was found in the box with a long ball but Wilson managed to block the attempt.
A free kick chance right on the edge of the box should have allowed Goldenhill to do better in their hopes of a second goal but it came to nothing as Scott Smith hit it low into the arms of Daryll Jones. Another Tower Hearts mistake nearly cost them again when goalkeeper Jones, whose handling throughout the match had been superb, dropped the ball from a corner. it fell to Sean Burns who volleyed the ball just over the bar.
Tower almost went 2-1 up after a good passage of play. A fantastic long ball was collected by substitute Kyle Gallagher who bounded down the right channel, before cutting inside and playing a neat reverse pass to Boyd who got into the box and fired agonisingly by the far post. Tower’s Calum Nolan went into the book along with Goldenhill’s Daniel Gibson after Gibson was fouled as he burst through on goal. In keeping with the other free kicks during the game, it was another poor one as it hit the wall. It was the last good chance for either side as the game went to extra time.
  • Full Time:
  • Goldenhill BC
  • 1-1
  • Tower Hearts

Extra time was pretty much a non-event with very little happening over the 30 minutes. The game became even scrappier affair with rough tackles coming in thick and fast. Tower Hearts’ Boyle saw a header touched over the bar by Wilson early into extra time which was about as near as they came to getting a second. Daryll Jones was forced into action as he made a double save to keep his side in the game. The first saw him parry a long range hit right into the path of Gary Hynes who controlled the ball before seeing his shot blocked by Jones.

The game went to a penalty shoot-out and it was Goldenhill goalkeeper Wilson who was the hero for his side as he saved three penalties in the shoot-out. The first penalty save came as he blocked Boyle’s effort with his feet. Captain Allan scored Tower Hearts’ only penalty as Wilson saved the remaining two from Rhys Donaldson and Gary Craig. Richard Henry, Gary Hynes and Kieran O’Brien all scored their efforts for Goldenhill as they get set for a big day out in Airdrie at the Scottish Cup finals.

Final Result: Final Result: Goldenhill BC 1-1 Tower Hearts (AET, Goldenhill win 3-1 on penalties)


Goldenhill BC
Tower Hearts

1. Marc Wilson 2. Steven Dock 3. Scott Smith 4. David Manley 5. Sean Burns 6. Calum Gow 7. Kieran O'Brien 8. Andrew Campbell 9. Shaun Fraser 10. Shaun Kelly 11. Marc Morrison 12. Gary Hynes 14. Richard Henry 15. Daniel Gibson 16. Declan Hannaway 17. Sean Toye (GK)

1. Daryll Jones 2. Fraser Barbour 3. Matthew King 4. Rhys Donaldson 5. Calum Nolan 6. Marc Houston 7. Darren Jones 8. Jonathan Allan 9. Graham Boyd 10. Jamie Boyle 11. Ciaran McKeown 12. Kyle Gallagher 14. Gary Craig 15. Darren Lamont 16. Justin Smith (GK) 17. Robert Duff

Star Player
Goldenhill BC
Tower Hearts
MOTM has to go to Marc Wilson for his three penalty shoot-out saves. He also made several good stops throughout the game.
Jonathan Allan played a captain's role, having a good game in the middle of the park whilst scoring Tower Hearts' only goal in the shoot-out
Magic Moment
Goldenhill BC
Tower Hearts
The final penalty save by Wilson, which sparked wild celebrations as Goldenhill confirmed their place in the Scottish Cup final.
Jamie Boyle's early goal looked to have put Tower on their way.
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