South East region side Salvesen CFC 97’s progressed to round 4 of the Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup over Lanarkshire Football Development association side Larkhall United AFC. With the scores level at 1-1 with 45 minutes played, Salvesen came out the stronger in the second half grabbing two goals and utilizing the blustery conditions.
It was certainly not plain sailing though and with only minutes gone the visitors were in front. A free-kick from around 30 yards was whipped towards goal by Jordan McCrorie. With players lined-up inside the box it looked like someone would nudge it in, but instead it evaded everyone and found its way into the bottom corner of the net.
However Salvesen didn’t linger on going behind and were level two minutes later. Ewan Waddell controlled the ball well on the right hand side before driving past the Larkhall defender and into the box. Then with remarkable ease Waddell simply slotted the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from 18-yards. A wonderful finish from the number nine and a perfect response from the home side.
After the frantic start, neither side really built on their early goal. However, the momentum of the game had clearly swung in Salvesen’s favour as they seemed the more dangerous of the two sides.
They would have also taken the lead on 22 minutes if it wasn’t for a great save by Larkhall’s Jay McMahon. A shot towards goal would have comfortable for the goalkeeper before it took an awkward deflection off a defender. Thankfully for the visitors he was alert to the change in direction and showed great reactions to dive down and tip the ball round the post.
While Salvesen continued to push forward, it was almost Larkhall that took the lead again. With 37 minutes played, Dean Wilson advanced on goal and from the edge of the box blasted his shot towards goal. Unfortunately the ball bounced awkwardly for him at the last second and instead of rattling the net, his effort rattled the fence behind the goal.
However, the biggest moment before half-time was Salvesen’s missed penalty. Some quick counter-attacking football saw a great ball played into the feet of striker Adam Robertson. He showed good strength and quick feet to hold off the challenge of one defender inside the box, but as he turned back on himself with the ball he was clumsily challenged by a second defender. A clear penalty and well earned by Robertson.
Up stepped Calum Jackson from twelve yards and in the treacherous conditions, he ended up smashing the ball over the bar. Clear disappointment on the face of Jackson who immediately requested to come off after the miss. However, he picked himself up and carried on, thanks largely to motivation from his fellow players.