Dundee’s Riverside Park witnessed Scottish Cup drama as Riverside CSC and Glenrothes Athletic met in the second round. What panned out was a truly amazing game that saw the Fife side emerge as 5-4 winners following an astounding second half turnaround.
Glenrothes Athletic had originally taken an early lead through captain Fraser Aird’s second minute goal. However, it was Riverside who then began to take control of the game and the home side went into the half time break 2-1 ahead after Nairn Bonar scored two stunning goals. Riverside extended their lead through Mark McKindley but then the talking point of the game arrived soon afterwards. In just four minutes Glenrothes came from behind to take the lead courtesy of a Dylan Nicoll penalty, an equaliser from Aird and a strike from John Smith. With Riverside gambling to try and get an instant equaliser Smith then made the score 5-3 in the 73rd minute. A further twist came as McKindley netted a second for himself to bring Riverside within one, but they couldn’t find another goal as Glenrothes held on to progress to the next round of the competition.
It didn’t take long for this cup-tie to spring into life as Glenrothes netted in just the second minute. Nicoll managed to get his head onto the end of a corner kick and flicked it up into the air. There to meet the ball, as it fell from the sky, was Aird. The Glenrothes captain managed to the turn the ball into the net, from a few yards out, to give his side the perfect start.
Glenrothes continued to attack in the early stages of the half, trying to extend their lead further. After a couple of close chances, one denied by the woodwork, Riverside then started to work their way back into the game.
In the 16th minute the equaliser came after Glenrothes gave away a free kick on the edge of the box. Up stepped Bonar who curled the ball beautifully over the wall and straight into the top left hand corner. Joe Russell, in goal for Glenrothes Athletic, was left with no chance.
Getting back on level terms seemed to galvanize the home side as they then took control of the game. They launched attack after attack, most of which were going through Bonar out on the right wing. It was this avenue that gave Riverside the lead as the clock ticked into the 24th minute. Bonar, positioned out wide, launched the ball straight over Russell and into the net. Considering he was so close to the corner flag it caught everyone by surprise. What a way to take the lead.
Riverside continued to search for further goals but the half time whistle soon came. It was time for Glenrothes Athletic to reorganize themselves and fight back.