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Dundee were bossing possession in the opening stages, but did little to trouble Ross Munro in the County goal. The keeper’s only test came when he had to catch Matty Henvey’s attempted lob after 13 minutes.
Henvey is the young Dees top scorer, and he set up strike partner John Smith for the game’s opening goal. Henvey clipped the ball into the box, giving Smith a simple header past Munro to give Dundee the lead.
Jack Lambert had the opportunity to double the Dees advantage after 36 minutes when Jesse Curran set him up inside the box, but his low shot was easily gathered by the diving Munro.
Hamilton Academcial U20 needed extra-time to overcome Queens Park U20 in a Scottish Youth Cup 2nd Round epic at the SuperSeal Stadium.
The support were treated to a six goal thriller that included a penalty and a late red card as Accies booked their place in the 3rd round of the tournament.
Hamilton were missing Lewis Ferguson who was preparing to play France on international duty for Scotland U19. There was an added interest for Robert Walker, a former Hamilton player who is now one of the coaches at Queens Park.
Marc Kelly had the first significant chance of the match for Hamilton after eight minutes when he caught the ball on the edge of the box and his quick-fire shot was met by a routine save by Owen Stott in goal.
Accies gained a foothold on the game playing some tidy passes while Queens Park took a more direct approach when in possession. It almost paid off for the young Spiders when a long ball over the top reached Grant Brennan who smartly beat the offside trap to find himself one on one with Alex Marshall in goal who parried away the attempt. It was the first time Queens Park had managed to exploit the Hamilton rearguard but it would not be the last.
Ronan McGlaughlin spurned a chance from the resulting corner as his shot skewed wide under pressure from the Accies defence. Despite this scare Hamilton stuck to their game plan and continued to dominate with Rico Quitongo looking particularly dangerous down the left flank.
The home side were rewarded on 25 minutes when a neat piece of tika-taka on the left wing unravelled the Queens Park defence and Kelly burst into the box before being brought down with a clumsy tackle. The referee, Gary Logan, showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Ross Cunningham stepped up to smash the ball into the right side of the goal.
Hamilton continued to press and Jordan Pender was booked for pulling his opposite numbers shirt when they were breaking up the park on another attack. Ronan McGlaughlin won a free kick for Queens Park soon after and the whipped cross was met by the Hamilton defence before McGlaughlin caught the ball on the volley missing the target by yards.
It was no surprise that Ronan McGlaughlin was involved when Queens Park scored the equaliser. The number 9 fought for scraps in the middle of the park before the ball broke fortunately to Declan Walsh who carried it to the edge of the box beating his man and curling is shot past Marshall into the back of the net.
This was the spark the away side had been looking for and they began to grow in confidence in the match. Accies nearly burst their bubble when a cross from the right wing was met with a free header from Kelly but he couldn't get the effort on target.
Logan called time on a first period that had been evenly contested by the two sides. Hamilton had dominated the early moments before Queens Park clawed themselves back into contention as the half wore on.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle were taken to extra time by Forfar in the second round of the Scottish Youth Cup, however eventually came out victorious.
After heavy rain pre match the game began with Forfar making the better start.
The first chance however fell to Inverness with centre back Ryan McRitchie on the fifth minute going one on one with the goalkeeper. Forfar keeper Jason King was however able to smother the ball.
King continued to look impressive in the Forfar goal as he played sweeper keeper multiple times throughout the game.
Both teams struggled to maintain control as both sides winger pushed so far forward they were virtually playing 4-2-4 formations.
These formations isolated the central midfielders for both sides but central midfielders Kieran Chalmers and Jack Brown for Thistle both did well regardless.
It was Chalmers who almost opened the scoring in the 24th minute as his cross hit the top of the bar and bounced out of danger.
King was again called into action as he saved low to his right after Aidan Wilson had avoided multiple challenges to get a shot off on the half hour mark.
The best chance of the half fell to Forfar’s striker Joseph Johnson on the 35th minute, when he capitalised on McRitchie’s scuffed clearance but Inverness keeper Daniel Hoban saved at close range.
Port Glasgow Boys Club Orange progressed to the third round of the Scottish Cup after a 4-2 win over Finnart at Glasgow Green.
Port Glasgow came into the game sitting top of the Paisley, Johstone and District 2004 Division 3 while Finnart sit fifth in the same division, five points behind Port Glasgow. Finnart overcame Palace Park Pride 3-2 to reach the second round. Port Glasgow received a bye missing out on the first round.
The visitors would have fancied their chances going against Finnart, with their current superiority in the league. They lined up; O’Neill, Campbell, Fuller, Watt, S. Gault, Ingram, Brown, Gilmour, P. Gault, MacDonald, Rodgers in a 4-4-2 formation.
It took Port Glasgow only 22 minutes to open the scoring. Lyle MacDonald put his side in front, from there a strong finish to the half saw the visitors take a commanding lead into the break. Kyle fuller doubled his side’s lead on the 42nd minute before Declan Bryne came off the bench to score a third a minute before half time.
East Kilbride booked their place in the third round of the Scottish Cup after overcoming Whitehill Welfare 4-0 at Ferguson Park.
Whitehill kicked off on a windy Sunday afternoon and were immediately on the back foot due to East Kilbride’s high press.
The first chance of the game fell to East Kilbride’s Gavin Millar after three minutes. The left winger got on the end of a long throw and drove toward goal down the left, but fired his shot wide of the far post.
East Kilbride went close to taking the lead following a fortuitous cross from left-back Conor Bell. The defender curled a high cross in from the left that swerved towards goal, forcing Welfare keeper Ross Jardine to acrobatically tip the ball over the bar.
East Kilbride continued to dominate the game and deservedly took the lead after 27 minutes. Central midfielder Lewis Doherty had the ball in the centre of the pitch about 35 yards out and found Jay McInally with a superb through ball. McInally kept his composure and slotted past the left of the onrushing Jardine.
Millar then came close to grabbing East Kilbride’s second. The winger received the ball in the middle of the park, beating one player before lashing a right foot shot from 25 yards that Jardine parried over.
Whitehill Welfare struggled to create clear-cut chances and their striker Declan Knox became increasingly isolated.
McInally would have grabbed a second if not for a fantastic reflex save from Jardine. The ball fell at McInally’s feet following a corner and the forward blasted a close-range shot at the Whitehill Welfare goal, only for Jardine to tip the ball wide of his near post.
The referee soon blew his whistle for half-time with East Kilbride narrowly leading by one.
Celtic booked their slot into the semi-final of the Scottish Women’s Youth Cup with a win against Central Girls at Ainslie Park. Two quickfire first-half goals from Lucy Sinclair, the standout being a thirty-yard strike, put the Celts on their way to victory. In a frustrating game for the losing side, they saw three attempts all rebound off the woodwork.
In what was predicted to be an even game, Central had the upper hand in the early stages of the match. A few minutes in Naomi Welch was set up after a lengthy run from Morgan Cross, but the resulting shot was too tame to cause any worry for Celtic.
Kimberley McAlpine also had an effort for Central early on, striking a free-kick with pure power from distance but seeing the effort rifle over the goalkeeper’s head for a goal kick.
The goal appeared to only be destined for one side when Central came even closer, cracking an effort off the bar in the 15th minute. McAlpine, who appeared to be her team’s main attacking source, forced her way through the centre of the pitch with a powerful bursting run, before gaining a yard and smacking an effort which rebounded off the woodwork, with Celtic clearing the rebound.
Just when it appeared that The Hoops were about to have their defence breached, they broke up the other end and opened the scoring against the run of play. Lucy Sinclair picked up the ball from well outside the penalty area, seized up her options, and set her sights for goal. From 30 yards out she picked the far corner with perfection, few would have expected her to take the opportunity and she pulled it off beautifully.
Minutes later, Celtic displayed their ruthlessness and scored a second goal to extend the gap between the two teams even further. Emma Craig, was the architect as she gained a yard on the right wing, and swung a teasing ball into the penalty area where Lucy Sinclair was waiting eagerly to double her tally. She used the momentum on the ball well and helped guide her effort into the far corner, well beyond the goalkeeper’s reach.
The two goals came as a sucker punch to Central who would have been satisfied with their showing up until Sinclair’s double, and they struggled to create chances for the remainder of the half, despite controlling much of the possession.
Hibs struck three times in extra time to progress into the Scottish Youth Cup final after a second half comeback produced by Celtic. Hibs led at half time after Caley Gibb converted a chance received over the top in the 16th minute. The Hibees doubled their lead after the break when Amy Hay shot hit off the post and in during the 50th minute.
Celtic got themselves back in the game however, strikes from Ellie Jai Reid and Holly Hart in the 55th and 58th minute respectfully meant the tie when into extra time. Despite great performances from both sides, Phoebe Friend gave Hibs the lead once again in the 84th minute before Tegan Bowie bagged herself a brace in the final stages of the game.
The scoring got underway for Hibs in the 16th minute. Anna Dickov sent a ball in over the top to Gibb who tapped the ball under the keeper. As the ball creeped towards the left side of goal, Bowie approached the ball ready to tap it into a vacant net, however, carefully judged the situation by not making contact as she was in an offside position. The goal was subsequently awarded to Gibb as Hibs lead first in the semi-final.
Celtic had a chance to level things soon after as Reid forced Hibs keeper, Mia Smith to make a save in 22nd minute. Reid managed to get a shot away on the right side of goal with the ball looking like it were arriving at the near post until Smith dived low to halt the effort from entering the net.
The side from Glasgow had another opportunity to get themselves back into the game shortly before the break as Hart was through on goal in the 31st minute. The Hibs defence was racing back to catch Hart as she took the ball past the keeper on the right side but her touch that followed was too strong as she couldn’t get on the end of it to slot the ball into the empty net, the Hibs defence then regained possession and cleared away the dangerous effort.
First-half goals from Hannah Scott and Danielle Mullen at Ainslie Park were enough to secure Glasgow City a deserved spot into the Scottish Youth Cup final.
Forfar hit back with a goal just before half time, as Phillipa McCallum struck a long-range free-kick to give The Loons a lifeline. Forfar tried to press for an equaliser in the second-half, but City held strong and progressed to the final at the Oriam.
The Glasgow side’s win was deserved when considering the amount of chances they conjured up, with the first coming inside the seventh minute. Not for the first time, Laura Jane McCartney was the architect by making a strong run down the wing, easing past the fullback and hitting a teasing ball into the area, which left Suzie Adam in Forfar’s net scrambling to clear for a corner.
City dominated the majority of possession throughout the first half, with Forfar’s best hopes coming through long balls and counters attacks, but against a defence as stern as their opponent’s, it was proving a tough challenge.
Adam was having a busy day in goals, preventing Leah Robinson from opening the scoring with a clever shot right across goal by stretching low to tip it out for a corner.
Hannah Scott and Danielle Mullen both came close to scoring for City around the 20 minute mark, with the first effort nestling onto the roof of the net and Mullen’s attempt beating the goalkeeper, but sneaking over the crossbar.
With half an hour on the clock and several chances missed, it would have been easy for City to become frustrated with the scoreline, but Hannah Scott eased those worries. With very little options on, she deftly took the ball beyond a defender and slotted beyond the goalkeeper, a classy way to open a tight defence.
City didn’t have to wait much longer for a second, which came courtesy of Mullen. Lucy Ronald squeezed a ball through into the midfielder’s path, who stabbed a shot low into the corner beyond Adam’s reach to give her side a real advantage in the tie.
It would have been easy for Forfar to lose hope after the two goals and City’s dominance of the first-half, but they grabbed a lifeline just before the half-time whistle.
From thirty yards out, the chances of netting a free-kick looked improbable, but Phillipa McCallum found the net with a stunning effort which flew into the top corner. It was a moment of genius which offered Forfar hope going into the second-half.
Hearts secured their place in the Scottish Youth Cup final as they came from two goals down at half time to beat Rangers in extra time. Both sides showed great fighting spirit with the girls in blue kicking off the scoring after Freya MacDonald’s wonder strike followed up by Reanna Bates tap in soon after.
The Jambos came fighting back after the break thanks to the efforts of Emma McFayden and a free kick from Emma Yorkston to level the shares.
With the scoring in a state of deadlock, it took up until the second half of extra time for Hearts’ captain, Holly Aitchison to net a perfectly placed penalty kick with Tegan McLean securing her side’s place in an Edinburgh derby final soon after with a fourth.
After a flurry of chances from both sides, Rangers led first in the 14th minute. MacDonald nicked the ball off the Hearts defender on the right side to then burst into the box with pace, the finish that followed was not far from perfect as the ball arrived high in the side netting at the far post giving the Gers the lead.
Hearts had the chance to level the scoring in the 16th minute after some good link up play between two of the girls. Caitlyn Black played in Maisy Hathaway on the left side, putting her through on goal. However, as the Rangers defender cut across to block Hathaway’s run, it resulted in the keeper being able to collect the effort.
The side chasing the equaliser had another great chance in the 22nd minute, this time from a free kick, 20 yards from goal. Aitchison did well to get the ball over the wall but was met by the diving save from Alicia Corral who stopped the ball entering the net at the left-hand side of goal.
Rangers netted their second of the game in the 23rd minute after an impressive run from Storm Anderson. After receiving a pass from Morgan Morton outside the area, Anderson manoeuvred herself past several defenders to then get a shot away at goal.
Hearts keeper, Alicia Yates did well to save the initial effort, however, Bates tapped in the rebound from the left side of goal to double the lead.
A first half goal rush saw Glasgow Girls cruise into the final of the SWF Scottish Youth Cup at Ainslie Park, despite Cumbernauld's best efforts to get back into it throughout the second half.
It took just two minutes for the opener to come for Glasgow, courtesy of Sophie Bustard, who powered down the right touch line and her long range shot come cross flew into the top corner to get her side off to a flyer.
Another couple of minutes later and that soon became a two goal lead, Millie-Jo Ward did well on the wing and her cross was controlled and finished well by Jessica Cox beating two players in the process to stun Cumbernauld.
Glasgow could've been three up within seconds of the restart, with Olivia King seeing her strike saved by Naimh Miller and then Ward rolled an effort wide just after.
The third came after 11 minutes, King was played in on the left side of the area but Miller was out sharply to deny her only to see the ball rebound back to King who thumped the bouncing ball in on the rebound.
More chances came and it was one way traffic for the majority of the first half, Ellie McGoldrick won the ball back at the half way line and sent Ward through on goal but her shot fizzed narrowly by the far post.
King added her second of the day as she got in behind the defence, looked up and calmly rolled the ball in at Miller's near post to put her side four ahead inside 20 minutes.
Less than a minute later and it was five. McGoldrick's shot from outside the penalty area was too powerful for Cumbernauld goalkeeper Miller, who could only palm the ball in off the post.
Abbie Cusack got involved in the action in fine fashion as she strode forwards from the back and powered an effort in from long range past Miller to make it six.
Colts did occasionally manage to break out but they had already let six past them by the time they registered their first meaningful chance of note, the ball falling to Leona Japp inside the box but she was denied by keeper Nicole Cunningham who scrambled across to keep the shot out.
Glasgow had gone close with numerous corners in the opening period and were eventually rewarded when Japp tried to clear her lines but unfortunately for her, ended up looping the ball into her own net as the sides went in 7-0 at the break.
A hotly contested tie in the first round of the SYFA Challenge Cup saw Culter Colts take on Cove BC at the Garioch Sports Centre, with both sides looking keen to advance to the next round.
Cove came out on top in the end after scoring two crucial goals within three minutes of each other in order to cement their place over a disappointed Culter side in the second round.
As the game kicked off, Cove wasted no time with their quick passing football through the midfield as Kalvin Mundie found himself up against Culter keeper Cieran Hunter who got the ball away at the edge of the box. Mundie managed to regain possession however and slid the ball to Alan Oldryod whose lofted shot from outside the box tricked Hunter who was unlucky as the ball spilled out of his hands and rolled over the line to put Cove in front.
For the early portions of the match Cove continued to boss the midfield as Culter struggled to find time on the ball. After managing to withstand the Cove pressure for the first 15 minutes, Culter started to find their feet. With plenty of space in the midfield, Scott Coutts hit a long range shot which was parried away by goalkeeper Jakub Biorka but only as far Culter striker Ross Christie whose close range effort forced Biorka to make a fantastic low save to keep his team ahead.
As Culter began to spring to life, Cove tried to match them. A good switch ball to Oldroyd was brought down excellently before being slipped through to Fraser Carnegy who would have been clean in on goal if not for a fantastic last ditch sliding tackle from Michael Horgan to tidy up the defence.
Culter recovered from their shaky start and began to take the game to Cove in search for an equaliser. Christie made a darting run into the box from the left wing but found his shot from a tight angle again saved by the keeper.
Corners were an area in which Culter looked particularly threatening. A shot from Stuart Bridgeford was saved by the keeper high to his left only minutes before Aaron Esson was unlucky to see his headed attempt come crashing off the bar and drop into the keeper’s gloves.
Culter’s Josh Peters had been looking dangerous behind the striker for the entire half and was vital in setting up a fantastic chance as he allowed Christie to slide the ball round the defence to Aidan Wilkinson who would have levelled it up if it were not for another excellent save from Biorka down to his left.
Towards the latter part of the half the tables had turned, with Cove now appearing to be on the back foot. A swift counter attack saw Wilkinson break down the right hand side and play a through ball to Peters, whose options were limited due to good pressure from the Cove centre halves, thus resulting in a simple shot for the keeper to save.
A high tempo in the early minutes and a solid defensive performance throughout allowed Cove to stay in front as the first half ended but Culter had no reason to be disappointed as they had the better of the overall chances.