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Three first half goals saw Clydebank FC stun Larkhall Thistle AFC in the 4th round fixture of the Scottish Youth Football Association Cup at Netherton. Clydebank came into the game with good form in the cups, currently undefeated in their Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Youth League Cup section one group, scoring a remarkable 25 goals in 6 games.
They started this cup game in a similar fashion, dominating the opening exchanges and the first chance came their way in the 9th minute. Striker James Holt crossed into the box towards the head of Johnathan Mulgrew, but his goal-bound header was superbly saved by Thistle goalkeeper Ryan Blake.
Thistle looked to absorb the pressure and hit on the counter attack, a tactic which almost worked out in the 15th minute. Terrific footwork and blistering pace from Marc Semple on the breakaway saw him wriggle his way into the box, but he was crowded out by the Clydebank defence who cleared.
Two minutes later, another chance fell to Thistle, Steven Nicholls picking up the ball on the edge of the box and bending a shot towards goal, going just wide of the right hand post and the scores remained level.
Despite a brief Thistle resurgence Clydebank’s domination paid off in the 29th minute. A great cross into the box found Connor Hamilton at the near post and the striker rose highest to power his header past Blake.
Seven minutes later Clydebank doubled their lead with Hamilton yet again involved. This time it was the young strikers free kick that found Dylan Coll in the box and his powerful shot took a deflection into the bottom left hand corner.
Then, just before the half time whistle, Clydebank’s Kevin Lleshi raced down the left hand side into the box teeing a ball towards the middle. In the perfect place was Holt who deftly headed the cross home to make it 3-0 for the home side in the 45th minute.
ADJFA outfit Deveronvale used home advantage to full benefit to book their place in Tuesdays last 16 draw as they edged out Forth Valley Football Development Association side Milton Blue.
Both sides had enjoyed good starts to their respective campaigns. Deveronvale are currently 5th in the ADJFA league whilst Milton Blue sit at the top of the Forth Valley Football Development Association league.
Milton Blue prepared for this game in the best way possible with the team staying in accommodation in Elgin & Aberdeen on Saturday ahead of the 12pm kick off.
This game was scheduled to take place at School Park, Whitehills however with conditions in Banffshire debatable; a decision was made on Saturday afternoon to change the game to Canal Park, Banff. The Canal Park was quite heavy however the spectators were treated to a cracking game of football with 5 goals.
Deveronvale started the game on the front foot & were able to get into dangerous positions and opened the scoring after just three minutes. A great ball in from Brodi Smith found Lucas Sey who got himself into a good position in the penalty box & guided home a fine finish.
At the other end, Milton pressed for an immediate equaliser with David Scott having an effort saved by Curtis West before Andrew Cruse saw his effort saved after being put through on goal.
Milton equalised in the 20th with a cross-cum-shot from Paul O’Hara after Milton played some good football & the ball was spread wide into O’Hara who got his side back into the game.
St Andrews BC came from behind twice to beat Ferry Athletic and secure their spot in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup. Goals in either half from Louie Porter had the Dundee side in front on two occasions, but strikes from David McGowan, Liam Lapsley and Naythan Stewart won the game for the visitors.
The Greenock outfit travelled to the City of Discovery with just 11 players, but despite their threadbare squad, they started brightly. Josh Cooper’s overhead kick went narrowly wide before Mark Jardine saw his cross come back off the post. The ball fell into the path of Declan Black, but he slipped and missed the chance to knock the ball into the empty net.
Ferry nearly took the lead in bizarre circumstances when a clearance cannoned off Daniel Ogilvie, and left Dean McMillan scrambling to stop the ball sneaking in at his near post. Some of the Ferry faithful were convinced the ball was over the line, but the referee ignored their pleas.
Any issues they had about the ruling were quickly forgotten when Louie Porter fired a low shot into the far corner of McMillian’s net after 20 minutes.
Things nearly got better for Ferry when Luke Queen rounded McMillian, but he lost his footing and St Andrews cleared the danger. At the other end, David McGowan was denied a shot at goal by a well-timed challenge from Reece Muir.
As half time approached, St Andrews increased the pressure on the Ferry goal. Connor Milton made a fine stop to deny McGowan, but was beaten by the striker two minutes before the break. McGowan controlled a cross from the left, and made no mistake with a cool finish from close range.
Dundee boasted a strong line up, with Scott Allan, James Vincent and Randy Wolters all included in an experienced starting 11. Despite this, it was Hibs that took the lead after only three minutes when Ben Stirling hit a thunderous side foot shot into the top corner from 25 yards.
The visitors went close through an effort from Josh Mulligan, and then a free kick from Wolters that narrowly missed the top corner. Hibs nearly doubled their advantage after 27 minutes when Oli Shaw went one-on-one with Calum Ferrie, but he shot straight at the Dundee stopper.
Ferrie was beaten less than a minute later, by Gregor Woods, whose shot deflected past the keeper into the net.
Wolters was Dundee’s main attacking outlet in the first period, and he brought a good save out of Maciej Dabrowski as half time approached. The Dutchman set up Matty Henvey not long after, but he dragged his shot from inside the box wide.
Going into the game, both sides lined up with a familiar 2-3-1 formation: Glasgow set up with Nicole Cunningham in net, protected by Sophie Bustard and Abbie Cusack at the back, with a midfield three of Olivia King, Jessica Cox and Millie-Jo Ward behind Elie McGoldrick. Their opponents opting to start Woods up front with Boyle, Kirkwood and Conner behind her. Ellie Dickson was in between the sticks for Motherwell, with Hannah Sedwell and Nikki Simmonette in front of her.
It took a mere 27 seconds for the deadlock to be broken with Olivia King skipping round the outside of the back two. The midfielder drifted inside before collectedly rolling the ball across goalkeeper Dickson.
The goal gave implications of a high scoring tie; although that wasn’t necissarily the case in what proveed to be a close-fought first period. After the goal the following ten minutes were fairly scrappy but as time passed Motherwell edged their way into the game. They managed to force multiple corners without causing any real threat to Cunningham’s goal. Well also struggled to break down the central defensive parternship of Sophie Bustard and Abbie Cusack, and so for the most part the they resorted to going round the outside in an atempt to find the equaliser.
Glasgow Girls held firm for the majority of the first period and found joy hitting Well on the counter attack. They almost caught their opponets out, who had pushed numbers forward, with a flowing counter attack. It was McGoldrick who took on the final effort but her strike from outside the penalty area fizzed off target.
The equaliser did come, a minute before the interval, a neat one two between Boyle and Woods, the former beared down on goal and rifled the ball goalwards. It was hard to tell if the initial strike was on target or not but Boyle will certainly claim it as the ball went in despite Cunningham getting a hand to it, she could only parry into her own net. The goal was deserved on the balance of play as the sides went in level in a half where both sides created chances but the momentum with Motherwell.
The start of the second period saw chances at both ends as the tie began to open up. On 34 minutes Woods’ header sent Cunningham scrambling across her goal to claw the ball away, and then from the rebound the striker rifled her effort off the crossbar –a common theme in the second half. A minute later it was Glasgow who hit the crossbar – a shot spilled by Dickson fell to the feet of McGoldrick, but the striker could only watch her effort crash off the crossbar. This was a turning point in the match as Glasgow would begin to build some momentum – pinning Motherwell back for large periods of the half.
The inevitable happened on 42 minutes. The ball wasn’t cleared by the Motherwell backline: McGoldrick’s effort was blocked but Ward was the fastest to react to the loose ball and guided the ball home from close range. The goal had been coming for a while, Ward and McGoldrick were both very impressive for Glasgow and linked up well together to cause the Motherwell defence a constant headache throughout.
Into the final 10 minutes and the game was in full flow. Motherwell found an equaliser through Boyle once again, who was outstanding on the day, as she showed good technique to lash the ball into the back of the net nine minutes from time. The goal really sunk Glasgow and it was Motherwell who had the momentum as they pushed for a winner. A few minutes later and it would come courtesy of Woods, who dropped the shoulder to evade her marker inside out. The striker then came out of a challenge and burried ball past the helpless Cunningham to complete a memorbale comeback.
Despite their best efforts Glasgow couldn’t find a way back into it as the match came to a close. A thrilling cup final with drama until the final moments. It could’ve gone either way between two evenly matched sides, but two goals from Amy Boyle were the difference between the two.
Greenock Morton advanced to the next round of the Scottish Cup after a comfortable 3-0 win over Turriff United. Late goals from Nathan Durham and Ben Armour helped seal the win for the Greenock outfit.
Turriff United got the match underway, kicking off on a crisp Sunday afternoon at Cappielow.
Morton dominated possession in the opening 10 minutes and as a result created a couple of chances early on in the game.
The home side came within inches of opening the scoring after just four minutes following a corner. David Anderson hit the cross from the left, which flashed across goal but no player could get a touch. Any contact would have surely resulted in a goal.
Morton went even closer just a minute later. Left-winger Mitchell Duffy broke down the left and swung in an inviting cross to Jack Purdue. The attacker just got his head to the ball but didn’t make enough contact to trouble Turriff goalkeeper James Whyte.
The Greenock team kept pushing for the opener and spurned an excellent chance following another corner. A short corner from the right was played to Purdue, who turned a floated a cross in to the back post. Central midfielder Reece Lyon met the ball but headed narrowly over.
After 11 minutes, the home side got the goal their play deserved. Right-back Darren Hynes received the ball just outside the box on the right, and blasted a powerful strike at the near post with the outside of his right boot, giving Whyte no chance of stopping it.
Turriff United struggled to get a hold of the ball as Morton dominated possession. United centre-back Matthew Stewart stood out as one of his team’s best performers while for Morton, Duffy looked dangerous whenever he was in possession.
Duffy had a chance to put his team two up after he sprinted down the left wing, beating one defender in the process. He raced through on goal but was denied by the onrushing Whyte, who smothered the ball well.
Whyte was his team’s saviour again just moments later, denying Morton forward Ben Armour. Armour found himself 10 yards from goal and showed neat footwork to get his powerful shot away, but Whyte denied him with a superb stop.
The pressure was building against Turriff as they came close to conceding a second. A wonderful run from midfield from Purdue saw the forward break into the box, beating three men in the process. The striker fired at goal but was denied once again by Whyte.
A rare foray forward for Turriff almost resulted in an equaliser for the Highland outfit. Attacker Angus Grant broke down the right wing before cutting inside, beating his man and shooting from the edge of the box. Unfortunately for Turriff, Grant’s effort was tame and easily saved by Ton keeper Charlie Carracher.
Right-winger Anderson almost doubled his side’s lead with a free kick around the half-hour mark. The free kick was situated in an ideal position – around 25 yards from goal, slightly to the left – but Anderson saw his effort fly narrowly over the bar.
Towards the end of the first half, Turriff grew into the game and could have had an equaliser after an excellent cross from Ryan Stewart. The left-back hit a cross from deep that found Grant lurking at the back post, but the striker’s effort was weak and easily stopped by Carracher.
United’s confidence grew as the half progressed and the chances soon fell for the away side. Striker Michael Ironside did excellently to break down the right and fire a cross-cum-shot across the face of goal, but no-one was at hand to prod the ball home.
Ironside came close again right before the referee blew his whistle to signal half-time. A free kick around 30 yards from goal was played short to him; the forward beat one man before firing at the near post from a tight angle, but Carracher parried the ball behind for a corner.
The referee soon blew his whistle to signify half-time. Both sets of players trudged off the pitch, knowing that the game’s next goal could be decisive.
Scott passed up another opportunity when he failed to hit the target from 15 yards after the Dee were caught in possession. Matty Henvey had the dark blues first half chance when he let fly from 20 yards, but Well keeper Russell Griffiths was more than equal to his strike.
With half an hour gone, Motherwell broke the deadlock through Ross MacLean. The Motherwell man ran on to a clever flicked pass from Turnbull, and fired a powerful shot past Bain from 12 yards.
This kicked Dundee into life, and they would have been level if Henvey had connected with a superb cross from Cammy Mooney. John Smith’s first-time effort was turned on to the roof of the net after a dangerous ball from Jesse Curran.
Celtic’s Under 20s produced a stirring performance that came so close to beating Bayern Munich, but ultimately succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at Cappielow.
Jack Aitchison had seized on a loose ball inside the Munich penalty area to fire the young Celts 1-0 in front, but a terrific late double from wonder-kid Oliver Batista-Meier turned the game around for the Bavarians.
The Hoops produced a spirited performance in Munich despite a 6-2 defeat at the Bayern Campus, and they once again started brightly in this one.
They were eager to play out from the back early on, similarly to Celtic’s first-team, and they were confident in this approach. Young Calvin Miller saw a lot of the ball early on, and despite being under pressure from a high Bayern press, the hosts kept their composure in their defensive third.
Ewan Henderson was so impressive two weeks ago in Munich, and he bombed Celtic forward with purpose at times in Cappielow. He forced Ron Hofmann into his first save with a stinging effort from 20 yards out that was well held.
Miller then came close when he collected a Johnston cross at the back post, but his toe poke towards goal was deflected wide for a corner.
It took Bayern 25 minutes to have a meaningful effort at goal, and even then it was from a set-piece. A free-kick was crossed into the area for Felix Gotze to power a header on goal, but Ryan Mullen parried well before gathering.
Celtic’s best bet of a goal still looked from Mikey Johnston. The left-winger has been lauded for his performances in the UEFA Youth League, and had appeared twice for the senior side. He was giving Josip Stanisic a torrid time, but the final ball just wasn’t there.
Another who impressed in the first half was Regan Hendry. His driving runs cause Bayern’s back-line all sorts of problems, and drew a bunch of fouls down the right that led to set-piece chances.
Aitchison and Kerr McInroy both had efforts before the break, but neither troubled Hofmann as Bayern held on until the break.