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Dunfermline edge past Grove in tight Scottish Cup tie

Grove Academy 2

Callaghan 18, Dack 72

Dunfermline High School 3

McDonald 24, Russell 76, Yorkston 80
  • Tuesday, 05 November 2013
  • Dawson Park
  • Under 18´s
  • SSFA Shield - R2

Michael Colville | YFS East Region Journalist
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It looked to be a great match up between the two east region teams for this Scottish Cup second round tie, as both teams have had great runs before in the past. Grove have been on great form recently having had a great run of league results, but Dunfermline were up for the challenge having also had some great wins recently.
 
Grove kicked the game off with a quick attack. Ranald Bowie received a great long ball from the midfield and then dribbled past a defender but was tackled for a corner. Dunfermline were on their toes early on though and cleared the danger with ease. Grove created another chance soon after through a clever Calum McHardy chipped passed, which set up Darren Mackie in the box but Dunfermline captain Greg Pearson won the ball with a tremendous tackle.
 
Dunfermline had their best chance of the game in the 14th minute. Scott Russell sent a powerful header towards goal from a superb corner, it looked dangerous but Matty Galloway made a brilliant save. They also came close through a free kick minutes later, Scott Hynd sent a powerful shot towards goal but Galloway managed to hold on to it well.
 
Grove grabbed the first goal of the game in the 18th minute. Calum McHardy swung in a superb cross to Paul Callaghan who leaped into the air and nodded it past the Dunfermline keeper making it 1-0. It didn’t take long for Dunfermline to equalise though, in the 24th minute Dunfermline made a quick attack through the midfield. Scott Hynd received the ball in the Grove box, then passed back to Mark Yorkston who set up Alistair McDonald in the centre who coolly slotted it past the keeper.
 
Both teams were fighting hard to take the lead once again, Dunfermline almost made it when Daryl Healy played a nice through ball to Mark Yorkston in the box. Before Yorkston could take a shot Craig Madden managed to win the ball with a powerful tackle. Grove then countered with their own chance, Ranald Bowie skilfully beat two Dunfermline players and then crossed a low ball into the middle of the box but Marcus Hall cleared the ball away.
 
The half time whistle was nearing, and it was still looking like either team could get ahead. Calum McHardy set up Darren Mackie from a long free kick, the ball bounced through the defence but Mackie narrowly couldn’t reach it. A surprise shot came from nothing minutes later, when Mark Yorkston sent a powerful volley towards goal from just outside the Grove box. Galloway made a great diving save and tipped the ball over the bar.
 
The whistle blew and the first half finished 1-1. Both teams were working hard and creating plenty of chances, but Grove looked like they had the most possession. It was difficult to say who would come out on top in the second half, as everyone was fighting hard to get in the lead.
  • Half Time:
  • Grove Academy
  • 1-1
  • Dunfermline High School
The second half kicked off, and Dunfermline tested the keeper early on. A quick long ball was sent up to Mark Yorkston who then struck a low shot towards goal but Matty Galloway got down well and got a strong hold on the ball. Grove had their first chance of the half soon after when Darren Mackie made a nice turn around a Dunfermline defender then hit a hard shot towards the top corner but Quinn Franklin pushed it over the bar. 
 
Grove were passing the ball about well and started to take control of the game. They were opening the Dunfermline defence well with some clever passes from Calum McHardy and Kieran Dack. Ranald Bowie almost took the lead for Grove in the 58th minute, Finlay Maclean played a nice pass to him just outside the box who then smashed the ball towards goal but it went narrowly over. 
 
Dunfermline came close to getting ahead after a brilliant cross from Alistair McDonald. The ball dipped into the centre of the box for Kieran Barton, who then headed it towards goal but it brushed past the post. 
 
Grove took the lead in the 72nd minute making the score 2-1. Darren Mackie played a fantastic through ball to Kieran Dack in the box, who then placed the ball in the back of the net. Dunfermline turned it up a gear though, and managed to make it 2-2. After passing the ball around just outside the Grove box, Scott Russell hit a low volley right into the bottom corner.
 
The home side were under a lot of pressure as Dunfermline continued to press the defence for a third goal. Dunfermline’s hard work paid off as they took the lead for the first time in the game, making it 3-2. Dunfermline made a quick attack up the field, and then after the ball was fumbled around the box Mark Yorkston knocked the ball into the back of the net. 
 
Grove were fired up and continued to fight back, continuously attacking the Dunfermline defence. Darren Mackie received a long ball from the midfield inside the box, but before he could unleash his shot Marcus Hall made a lunging tackle and won the ball. Grove came close once again after Kieran Dack was played through into the back post, but his shot just too hard and went over the bar. 
 
Dunfermline continued to defend well, cutting out Groves’ quick passing and long balls. The final whistle blew shortly after and Dunfermline would be advancing into the next round. Dunfermline earned the win, having played some great football. Grove also put in a solid performance, and were unlucky not to make it through. 
  • Full Time:
  • Grove Academy
  • 2-3
  • Dunfermline High School

Lineups

Grove Academy
Dunfermline High School

1. Matty Galloway
2. Sean Gallacher
3. Craig Madden
4. Finlay Maclean
5. Steven Howie
6. Ben Finnie
7. Kieran Dack
8. Calum McHardy
9. Ranald Bowie
10. Callum Faulkner
11. Darren Mackie
12. Gavin Cathro
14. David Hutton
15. Andrew Crichton 

1. Quinn Franklin
2. Lee Jamieson
3. Marcus Hall
4. Greg Pearson
5. Ethan Anderson
6. Daryl Healy
7. Alistair McDonald
8. Kieran Barton
9. Scott Russell
10. Scott Hynd 
11. Mark Yorkston
12. Yousef Asam
14. Ross Wright
15. Calum Murray
16. Liam Fox

Star Player
Grove Academy
Dunfermline High School
My home star player was Ranald Bowie because he created plenty of chances for Grove and he caused a lot of problems for the Dunfermline defence.
Mark Yorkston as he not only got an assist but scored the winning goal, putting in a great performance through out the match.
Magic Moment
Grove Academy
Dunfermline High School
My home magic moment was Kieran Dacks goal because it was a great finish and put Grove back in the lead at a crucial time.
My away magic moment had to be Mark Yorkston's late goal to win the game. It came after a lot of attacking from Dunfermline and won the game for them.
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