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Albion resist Glenvale comeback to book their place in semi final

Banks O'Dee Albion 3

Ness 21, Duncan 31, Dalling 35

Glenvale AFC 1

McMenemay 66
  • Sunday, 01 February 2015
  • Spain Park
  • Under 13´s
  • Scottish Youth Cup

Scott McPherson | YFS North Region Journalist
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Banks O’Dee Albion are into the semi finals of the Scottish Youth FA Cup after a convincing 3-1 victory over Paisley side Glenvale AFC. 
 
Three first half goals from Finlay Ness, Lewis Duncan and Kyle Dalling was enough to secure their place in the last four of the competition. A consolation goal for the visitors from Liam McMenemay came too late in the game to influence the outcome. 
 
Albion join Tynecastle, who knocked out Albion’s league rivals Lewis United in the quarters, in the semi final line up. The winners of the two remaining quarter final ties, Mill United BC v Gairdoch United and Wolves v Jerviston FC, which were both postponed due to the bad weather will determine who joins Albion and Tynecastle in the hat. 
 
Spain Park’s all-weather, 3G surface was put to the test as sustained, heavy snow joined the players on the pitch for the match. 
 
Glenvale AFC had the first chance of the quarter final after three minutes. A long free-kick was latched on to by striker Andrew McColl but he was thwarted by goalkeeper Kyle Leiper who reacted quickly to the danger. 
 
Chances were few and far between in the opening half of the first half, but that changed when Banks O’Dee Albion took the lead on 21 minutes. Finlay Ness’ low shot from the edge of the penalty area found the net via the far post. 
 
The hosts doubled their advantage ten minutes later when captain Lewis Duncan’s free kick from the right went over the head of goalkeeper Aiden McMahon. 
 
A pivotal minute in this match came just before the interval. Glenvale thought they had halved the deficit but McColl’s goal was disallowed for a handball in the build up. Then, at the other end of the pitch just a minute later, Banks O’Dee’s Kyle Dalling smashed the ball home from 10 yards to make it 3-0 Albion. 
  • Half Time:
  • Banks O'Dee Albion
  • 3-0
  • Glenvale AFC
Glenvale came out swinging for the second period and nearly scored within a minute of the restart. Liam McMenemay’s 30-yard free kick was initially saved by Leiper and the goalkeeper then leaped to save the rebound from McColl and the third shot from Kyle McLaughlin was brilliantly blocked by a defender. 
 
McColl was again denied by Leiper after he sped past Albion’s back line but his slotted finish was stopped by the feet of the goalkeeper. 
 
The visitors then came close to scoring again when a corner fell to McLaughlin but he stabbed the ball wide of goal from eight yards. 
 
McMenemay’s long-range free kicks were causing problems and they eventually paid off four minutes from time. The defender’s free kick from 25 yards sailed into the roof of the net to make it 3-1.
  • Full Time:
  • Banks O'Dee Albion
  • 3-1
  • Glenvale AFC

Lineups

Banks O'Dee Albion
Glenvale AFC
1. Kyle Leiper
2. Joseph Adair
3. Cole Anderson
4. Calum Buchan
5. Lewis Duncan
6. Lyle Adair
7. Dan Morrice
8. Harry Walker
9. Finlay Ness
10. Kyle Dalling
11. Dylan Stuart
12. Jayden Robb
14. Reece Wilson
15. Ruben Whitelaw
19. Conan Kennedy
20.. Ruaridth Fenwick
1. Aiden McMahon
2. David McNair
3. Andrew McColl
4. Sam Walters
5. Kyle McLaughlin
6. Gregor McFadzean
7. Aidan McLaughlin
8. Sean Borland
9. Liam McMenemay
10. Liam Houston
11. Jamie Scott
13. Fraser Lee
14. John Gardyne
15. Anton Calderwood
16. Declan Curran
17. Matthew McMillan
Star Player
Banks O'Dee Albion
Glenvale AFC
Captain Lewis Duncan put in a captain’s performance for Banks O’Dee Albion. He gave his all for the whole 70 minutes, covering the width and length of the pitch throughout. Not scared of a shot or a tackle. His great free kick put his team 2-0 in the first half.
Andrew McColl did everything but score in this match. His lightening pace meant Banks O’Dee’s defence could never settle or push up. He was a constant threat and ran for his team throughout the game.
Magic Moment
Banks O'Dee Albion
Glenvale AFC
Kyle Dalling’s goal to make it 3-0 on the stroke of half time was a big boost for the hosts. The goal came just 30 seconds after their opponents thought they had halved the deficit.
Liam McMenemay’s goal was no less than Glenvale deserved. It would have been a shame if they came away from the game without a goal to show for their efforts.
Club Views
Banks O'Dee Albion
Glenvale AFC
Alan Barry, Banks O’Dee Albion, said: “I think to be honest we came in at 3-0 and the players thought it was done, so it was hard to get them up again. But we dug in and got the result.

“The first half we were quite comfortable and we played most of the match in their half, so I think overall we deserved the win.”

Glenvale AFC manager, David Borland, said: “Gutted, gutted.”

“I don’t know what it was, the three hours travelling maybe, but we started ever so slowly. But in the second half we had them penned in and the goal just came too late.”
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