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Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Under 19s
Dalkeith CYP Under 19s
Competition: Cruden Bowl - Quarter Final
Venue: Meggetland 3G
Date: 28/01/2012
Author: Robbie Forsyth
Hillfield Swifts vs Dalkeith CYP - Under 19sInverkeithing Hillfield Swifts came from behind to secure a semi final berth in the Cruden Bowl. Jason King gave Dalkeith the lead with a superb long range effort, which lasted until the second half. However, Swifts' pressure paid off with a Jack Matson penalty equalising, before Jamie Forrester and Dylan Wilkinson settled the tie.
On an afternoon which saw frost put pay to games all over the country, Meggetland's artificial surface once again came up trumps. The SERYFA Under 19s setup is split into two randomly selected sections (as opposed to ability based divisions). Inverkeithing are battling for top spot in Section A, whereas Dalkeith are sitting midtable in Section B. The cup competition put league form to one side, as both sides battled to reach the last four.
After a short delay, due to the lack of a football, play got underway and raged from end to end. Dalkeith's Mark Lawrie forced an early save from Kyle Marley, whereas Dalkeith goalkeeper Thomas Stuart did extremely well to block Dylan Wilkinson's effort with an outstretched foot. Both players will feel they should have scored.
The first goal wasn't far away and it came courtesy of a touch of class from Jason King. The fair haired Dalkeith striker found space to turn a full 35 yards from goal, and caught Marley off guard with a sublime lob. The Swifts keeper had no chance as the ball crept underneath the bar to give the away side the lead.
King was in the mood and he twice went close to extending Dalkeith's advantage. The first attempt was a curling effort from the angle of the box, which eluded the left hand post by a whisker. This was shortly followed by a mazy run, in which he saw off three defenders, but with only the goalkeeper to beat the shot was dragged wide.
The last action of the half came when Christopher Steedman found space on the right hand side and drove a cross in the direction of Wilkinson. The Inverkeithing forward volleyed over from close range, in an act which summarised the frustrating time he and his team-mates were having.
Half Time: Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Under 19s 0-1 Dalkeith CYP Under 19s
Hillfield Swifts vs Dalkeith CYP - Under 19sThe second half began with the Fife outfit on the front food, but Dalkeith looking assured in defence. However, that all changed in the 56th minute when a needless foul was given away inside the area, and Jack Matson stepped up to level the scores. Stuart did get a touch to the ball, but the power saw it spin off the keeper's foot and into the back of the net.
The momentum remained with Inverkeithing and Jamie Forrester, who had been lively and a nuisance to the opposition defence throughout, was unlucky to see his shot blocked as he bore down on goal. Murray Fraser, Sam Short and Jack Matson all had decent opportunities, but came up against an inspired Thomas Stuart, who was pulling off save after save.
With less than ten minutes remaining and both sides with one eye on the clock, Hillfield's pressure finally told. A measured through ball looked to be out of Forrester's reach, but the quick forward outpaced his marker and poked the ball beyond Stuart and into the back of the net, from the edge of the area. A combination of jubilation and relief swept the Inverkeithing sideline.
As full time approached Dylan Wilkinson rounded off the scoring in style. Good close control and acceleration earned the forward a yard of space, and a fine right-footed strike curled into the bottom right-hand corner, to seal a 3-1 victory and progress to the next round.
Swifts have a home tie against Lochend to look forward to in the semi finals. For Dalkeith, they will look forward to the forthcoming Federation of Hibs Supporters' cup quarter final, where they will have another crack at beating the team from Fife.
Full Time: Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Under 19s 3-1 Dalkeith CYP Under 19s
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Under 19s
Dalkeith CYP Under 19s
1. Kyle Marley
2. Sean McGrowther 
3. Euan Munro
4. Liam McCulloch
6. Jack Matson
7. Murray Fraser
8. Calum Whisker
9. Dylan Wilkinson
10. Alisdair Brown 
11. Christopher Steedman
12. Ross Stewart
14. Jamie Forrester
15. Stuart Condie 
16. Wesley Lockwood 
17. Ryan Smith
99. Dale Mason 
1. Thomas Stuart
2. Tyron McLean
3. Dale McFayden 
4. Matt Hunt
6. Scott Waugh
7. Andrew Wilson
8. Reece Moffat
10. Jason King
11. Jamie Ramsay
12. Shaun Taylor
13. Steven Ormiston
14. Mark Lawrie
15. Scott Frankland
16. Sam Short
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