Sam Townsley was Jeanfield’s hero as they survived a late Dryburgh comeback and a penalty shootout to advance to the semi-final of the John Clark Motors Cup. The Jeanfield stopper saved three Dryburgh penalties as his side won the shootout 3-1.
These sides sit first and second in the Maryfield League, and Dryburgh edged their league meeting 4-3 earlier in the season. Jeanfield only had 10 players available that day, but with a full complement at their disposal, they started brightly.
Liam Cooney broke into the box after six minutes, but saw his fierce strike pushed away by Aaron Cosgrove. The resulting corner was met by James Westwood, but his snap shot was straight down the keeper’s throat.
Jeanfield had been on top in the opening stages, and with 10 minutes gone they broke the deadlock through Angus Dochard. Cooney provided the cutback that Dochard swept into the far corner of the net to open the scoring.
Dryburgh were struggling to match Jeanfield’s tempo, losing nearly every second ball in the centre of the park. Ryan McKay sent in a cross that Daryl Tosh headed wide before Cooney hit a shot that clipped the top of the crossbar.
Aaron Flynn headed against the woodwork as Dryburgh continued their search for an equaliser, while at the other end Cosgrove denied Cooney with his feet.
With half time seconds away, Rannoch Ramsay doubled Jeanfield’s lead with a controlled volley from the edge of the box that nestled in the bottom corner.