It wasn’t the greatest conditions to start off the Scottish Cup 2nd round tie between Lenzie YC and Gartcairn, but the drizzly rain didn’t seem to dampen the youngsters’ spirits as both sides seemed up for the game ahead. Gartcairn started the game off well and took an early lead but it was Lenzie who kept a level head throughout and managed to come back from 1-0 down to secure a 6-1 victory over their rivals.
The game started quite evenly with both teams having a number of chances soon after the whistle but it was Lenzie who were dominating down both wings. The first real chance of the game came to Lenzie’s Robbie McGale after the third minute when after a quick cut back from Lewis Swift saw McGale’s low drive saved by a superb dive and save from the away side’s keeper.
The games rough tempo and lively atmosphere was set early on, and continued in the same fashion, as Gartcairn’s Lewis Kelly was brought down after taking the ball round a few Lenzie players.
The players’ skills continued to show when Lenzie’s Cameron Kane and Lewis Swift worked together down the left wing to bypass a number of Gartcairn players. But Swift failed to capitalise on his first real chance in front of goal.
However it was Gartcairn that put themselves ahead after only ten minutes. A deflection from the Lenzie defence saw the ball roll outside the box and straight to the feet of Lewis Kelly. Listening to his coaches on the sideline, Kelly took the long range shot and managed to beat Lenzie’s Cameron Gordon to put his side ahead early on.
For the first five minutes after Gartcairn too the lead, Lenzie seemed taken by surprise but quickly found their rhythm again when they began to take shots at goal again, although failed to make the most of their opportunities.
Finally Lenzie got the goal they deserved after 24 minutes when they received a free kick out wide on the right flank. Sam McGale hit a superb high ball into the box to find the head of Keir Thomson who was unmarked at the back post; A great goal that seemed to have been well rehearsed on the training ground.
Gartcairn weren’t totally defeated by the equaliser as they continued to play in high spirits and had a number of shots at goal. But as the sun started to come through the clouds, Lenzie began to shine too.
A minute before half-time saw the home side capitalise on their chance in front of goal and go ahead for the first time in the game. Andrew Mitchell dragged the ball back out away from goal and straight to the feet of Keir Thomson. The youngster took a chance at goal from a far as he drove a low ball straight through the keeper in into the back of the net.