Westdyke beat rivals Banks O’Dee Albion 6-3 to seal their place in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup, coming back from 2-0 down in the early stages of the game to come out victorious. It was a windy afternoon however that didn’t stop the big crowd which was in display at Lawsondale Playing Fields.
The hosts beat Albion 6-3 at the start of the season and both teams deserve enormous credit for playing some good football in what can only be described as horrible underfoot conditions for the players.
The first goal went in after eight minutes. It was a great goal to start off the goal rout after Andrew Mitchell picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and smashed a well driven effort past Jamie Butler in the Westdyke goal. The second the ball hit Mitchell’s foot you could tell the ball was going into the back of the net.
Albion doubled their advantage after 14 minutes. A stramash in the penalty area wasn’t cleared by the Westdyke defence and Morgan Bruce was on hand to fire home into the bottom left hand corner. Albion was clearly the team with the upper hand in the game and Westdyke took a while to get going.
Westdyke came forward in the 23rd minute and pressed the visiting defence and Albion conceded a free kick on the edge of the box. Up stepped striker Max McGinlay who fired home a stunning effort into the top left hand corner past Lucas Muller. Great strike!
The hosts levelled five minutes later. Westdyke got a free kick again after a foul and McGinlay took the free kick which was only parried by Muller and Nathan Rankine was there to guide the ball home. These quick fire goals from the hosts were the ingredients required to make this a thrilling Scottish Cup tie. Everything in this cup tie was a battle from this point onwards.
Westdyke went ahead in the 32nd minute. McGinlay received the ball and fired home past Muller from 14 yards. It was a great ball into the striker and McGinlay was clinical as always.
Just as the hosts were ahead, Albion had other ideas three minutes later when they levelled with a free kick from Owen Duff finding its way into the back of the net after a long range effort. Not even 40 minutes played and we had already seen 6 goals.
Westdyke got a decisive fourth heading into half time after a corner kick came into the danger zone and up stepped Rory Brown to power home. What a cup tie this turned out to be!