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Dryburgh edge out Blairgowrie in East Region Cup

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Blairgowie and Rattray CFC 0

Andrew Creegan

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Dryburgh Athletic toppled top-flight Blairgowrie as they advance to the second round of the East Region Cup. A first half own goal was enough to see Dryburgh through to Round Two.

After a strong showing in the Scottish Cup earlier in the season, the prospect of playing a side from the division above was not one that phased Dryburgh, but the first chance of the game went Blairgowrie’s way as Robbie Watson powered his way into the box before seeing his effort deflected into the side netting.

The resulting corner saw Harry Watson flick the ball towards goal, but Dryburgh keeper Kaden Leadbetter was equal to the effort.

Dryburgh had a chance to open the scoring when Stewart Page fumbled Bobby Shirkey’s long range free kick but nobody in a maroon shirt could force the ball over the line.

With seven minutes played Dryburgh did break the deadlock as Jay Cochrane’s corner was flicked into the net by a Blairgowrie defender.

Blairgowrie went close from a corner of their own as Caleb Robertson headed over Archie Browning’s delivery before Page denied Shirkey at the other end before the Dryburgh man fired his follow-up shot agonisingly past the post.

Dryburgh’s disciplined defensive performance was restricting Blairgowrie to precious little in terms of clear-cut chances, however the hosts were nearly undone as the ball broke to Reece Forrest six yards out, only for the Blairgowrie man to fire wide of the target.

Leadbetter produced a smart save to keep out a fierce strike from Browning as Blairgowrie pushed for an equaliser before Forrest turned the ball wide from the resulting corner.

Harry Watson set up Ross Cannon early in the second half, but his strike from the edge of the box looped harmlessly over the bar.

Dryburgh had the chance to add to their lead when a loose ball broke to Bradley Wilson at the edge of the box but despite showing good composure to step away from an oncoming defender, he lashed his effort well over the bar.

Blairgowrie were struggling to find any kind of rhythm offensively and their fortunes in front of goal were summed up on 48 minutes as a free kick ricocheted into the path of Robbie Watson inside the box, and he fired wide of the mark.

In their efforts to find an equaliser, Blairgowrie were becoming more open at the back, and needed a last-ditch tackle from Robertson to deny Kyle Hendry in the box.

Page made a smart save to deny Cole Taylor after the winger had jinked his way into the box as Dryburgh continued to pose a threat on the counterattack.

Dryburgh had a golden opportunity to double their advantage as Page failed to dispossess Shirkey 25 yards from goal. The forward knocked the ball into Klara Brady, but she couldn’t find the empty net from 20 yards.

This was a bad day at the office for Blairgowrie, who struggled to break down a dogged Dryburgh defence. The few chances they did get were wasted and their lack of composure in front of goal cost them.

Despite that, they can spend the remainder of the season focusing on the league campaign, and with 11 points from five games and games in hand on their opponents, they are in a good position to mount a title challenge.

As for Dryburgh, this was a mature defensive performance from them as they claimed another top-flight scalp in a cup competition. Going forward, they should be full of confidence in this competition and are certainly a team that the favourites for this trophy will want to avoid.

Lineups

Dryburgh Athletic
Blairgowie and Rattray CFC
16. Kaden Leadbetter
1. Callum Donald
2. Gregor Robertson
3. Cole Taylor
4. Ben Mulholland
5. Bradley Wilson
6. James Hennessy
7. Kyle Hendry
8. Bobby Shirkey
10. Adam Cabrelli
11. Jay Jay Huchison
12. Joshua Livingston
14. Klara Brady
15. Scarlett Brady
88. Jay Cochrane
1. Stewart Page
2. Ross Cannon
3. Cavan MacGregor
4. Charlie Whytock
5. Peter Rutherford
7. Reece Forrest
8. Archie Browning
9. Robbie Watson
10. Finlay Hogg
11. Harry Watson
12. Max Pol
15. Jakub Aleksander
16. Caleb Robertson
Star Player
Dryburgh Athletic
Blairgowie and Rattray CFC
Scarlett Brady - The Dryburgh captain bossed the Blairgowrie forwards throughout the game, limiting them to a handful of chances throughout the match. A top performance that contributed to her team's clean sheet.
Caleb Robertson - Played well in the Blairgowrie defence and had some of Blairgowrie's best chances.
Magic Moment
Dryburgh Athletic
Blairgowie and Rattray CFC
Dryburgh's Goal - Not a pretty or memorable goal, but it got their East Region Cup campaign up and running.
Robertson's Tackle on Hendry - The Blairgowrie captain had to get this challenge right and he did. Doing so kept Blairgowrie in the game until the last minute.

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