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Arsenal progress after triumph over stubborn Glenrothes

Glenrothes Strollers 2

Kinnaird 22, Hutchinson 83

Arsenal BC 3

O'Neill 20, O'Neill 72, Hume 90+3

Grant Ross | YFS East Region Journalist
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Slick passing Arsenal Boys Club progressed to the last 16 of the Scottish Cup after victory over a hard-working and tenacious Glenrothes Strollers side. Kane O’Neill struck first for the Glasgow side but his effort was cancelled out immediately by a Robert Kinnaird goal. The scores remained level until deep into the second half when O’Neill was, again, on hand to put Arsenal ahead. A George Hutchinson header restored parity for the Strollers but an injury time winner by Andy Hume was enough to send Arsenal into the fifth round.
 
Glenrothes were first to threaten the goal. Hutchinson headed the ball down to the feet of Greg Moffat whose shot from just outside the box was narrowly over the bar.
 
While at the other end, O’Neill did well to get to a low Kieron Innes cross and his shot was only just too high.
 
O’Neill would not have to wait long to get his name on the score sheet, the ball broke to him after a series of high balls in the midfield. He outpaced the defence and calmly rounded Chris Harrower who had forced O’Neill into a tight angle before he passed the ball into the net.
 
The Strollers’ response was immediate. A long Moffat free kick was controlled by Kinnaird who acquired enough time and space to smash the ball home from inside the box.
 
O’Neill then displayed great skill a great one two with Gary Guthrie put him into great crossing position and quick feet allowed him to evade the first challenge before Jack Guy forced the ball out for a corner.
 
A Moffat set piece almost had Strollers ahead before the interval. Jamie Farmer rose well to get his head on the corner and the effort was just off target.
 
The first half was characterised by good defending. Great tackling by Frazer Crossley and Guy had kept O’Neill and Callahan largely at bay with their surging runs forward. While organised defence by Arsenal, particularly Iain Seymour, had prevented Moffat and Hutchinson from creating much.
 
Glenrothes almost opened the second half goal tally early on. A 30 yard Kieran MacIntosh pile-driver was only kept out by Ben Collinson at full stretch.
 
Arsenal stepped up a notch. Guy, MacIntosh, Gavin Smith and Harrower were all required to keep O’Neill from grabbing his second of the afternoon.
 
They thought they were ahead minutes later. David Coyle nodded in a Gary McMonagall cross but it was chalked off for offside.
 
Glenrothes wouldn’t keep them out forever. A precise pass forward by Hume before O’Neill duped everyone by opting for placement to the far corner of the goal from close range. This gave Arsenal a lead.
 
Another Glenrothes free kick soon wiped that lead out. A long inswinging Moffat free kick allowed Hutchinson to climb highest at the back post to prompt a frantic search for a winner.
 
Hume’s low and powerful shot was kept out brilliantly by the feet of Harrower at the near post.
 
Then Seymour had to be alert to stop Lewis MacColl breaking through on goal for Glenrothes.
 
It was Hume’s goal that won the match. The ball broke to him after Harrower had made a reaction save off a shot by Coyle and Hume calmly slotted home.
 
Arsenal had the better of the possession and chances in the second half of what was a very physical encounter and used slick passing to manoeuvre around a determined and resilient Glenrothes side that got forward well when they were able and were clinical with their chances. A strong Arsenal side move into the next round while Glenrothes can concentrate on league duty.

Lineups

Glenrothes Strollers
Arsenal BC
1. Chris Harrower
2. Lewis MacColl
3. Frazer Crossley
4. Jack Guy
5. Brian McLaughlin
6. Ross Gibson
7. Ryan Buchan
9. Robert Kinnaird
10. Greg Moffat
11. George Hutchinson
12. Scott Mellies
13. Jamie Farmer
14. Kieran MacIntosh
17. Gavin Smith
1. Ben Collinson
2. Kieron Innes
3. Gary McMonagall
4. Kyle Rafferty
6. Andy Hume
7. Mark Callahan
8. Jamie McKay
10. David Coyle
11. Kane O'Neill
14. Paul Harrison
16. Adam McMahan
17. Kieran Hughes
18. Liam McDonald
19. Gary Guthrie
20. Iain Seymour
Star Player
Glenrothes Strollers
Arsenal BC
Jack Guy was tireless in getting around the pitch to make crucial tackles to stop Arsenal attacks. He was always an obstacle to get around and never gave up on stopping an attack until the ball was in the net. This epitomised the whole Glenrothes team.
Iain Seymour was crucial in organising the defence and orchestrating attacks from the back and always looked in control.
Magic Moment
Glenrothes Strollers
Arsenal BC
Kieran MacIntosh's effort from 30 yards was spectacularly accurate and powerful and required an equally spectacular save to keep it out.
Kane O'Neill's one two run with Gary Guthrie. Great passing and astonishing speed before O'Neill displayed great awareness and footwork to evade a tackle.

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