Banks O’Dee Albion and Lewis United Youth braved the wet conditions to face off in the third round of the Winton Trophy. With a 1-0 win, Banks O’Dee secured their place in the fourth round with a late goal from Josh Baird.
The intent of both teams was evident as play got underway though Lewis had an early chance with a corner taken by Arthur Morgan. He crossed the ball into the box but Banks O’Dee’s Josh Petrie cleared the initial danger. However Taylor Still was waiting to take his own shot from just outside the box for the visitors but Banks O’Dee held their defence.
The home side then pressed forward, with Lyle Adair and Josh Baird exchanging passes before Lewis United cleared and Morgan broke into Banks O’Dee’s half. He looked threatening but was unable to find a clear shot at goal and the home side were able to counterattack. Dylan Stuart penetrated Lewis’ defence with only goalkeeper, Simon Mitchell to beat but Mitchell kept the ball out.
Banks O’Dee continued to press but Daniel Middler cleared the danger. Jack Craigie then drove forward for the visitors and crossed the ball into the box for Harry Ingram. His shot was palmed wide by Banks O’Dee goalkeeper, Owen Silvers.
The visitors continued to press, with William Hutchison driving down the wing. He shot from twenty-five yards and wide to the right but Lyle Adair deflected the ball and allowed Silvers to catch it. Caie McDonald then made a similar shot from wide on the right but it was deflected by Jadon Robb. Morgan then shot from thirty-five yards for the visitors but it was inches wide.
The home side continued to look for that scoring chance but Lewis United held their defence strong and Baird’s shot from thirty yards was kept out by Mitchell. Stuart then put the ball into space for Isaac McLean but Ingram closed in to exert pressure and deny the scoring opportunity that had been created.
Lewis United then drove play to the other end and Morgan shot from the edge of the box but once again, the ball went inches wide. A free kick at twenty-five yards gave them another chance and although Cole Williamson sent the ball over the defensive wall, Silvers caught the ball and kept it out.
Banks O’Dee were than awarded an almost identical free kick. Baird stepped up and also sent the ball over the defensive wall only for Mitchell to keep it out. However the home side continued to create chances with Baird crossing the ball into the box from wide to the right and Mitchell pushed the ball away at the post.
The home side were awarded another free kick at twenty-five yards taken by Stuart. He tapped the ball to the edge of the box where Joey Wilson sliced it just wide as the half drew to a close.