Bell Baxter High School progressed to the Scottish Cup semi-finals after beating Stirling High School 4-0 on a cold Wednesday afternoon in Cupar. With a semi-final place at stake, neither team were holding back as a brilliant game was on show to entertain the mass of spectators.
The first significant chance of the game came late in the first half after 25 minutes of play. Bell Baxter won the ball in the centre circle after some fantastic work from Arran Birell. Stirling were defending well up until this point and their goalkeeper was rarely tested, however he couldn't stop Bell Baxter from opening the scoring soon after as Louis Appere caught onto a wide crossfield pass to finish well into the top corner.
Bell Baxter managed to keep their narrow lead with top class saves from goalkeeper, Robbie Wishart. Even with the driving force from Stirling’s number twelve, Stirling just couldn’t penetrate Bell Baxter's defences.
With half time only around 20 minutes away, Bell Baxter were awarded a penalty and handed the chance to gain a further lead. Stirling’s keeper stood tall and saved the well struck penalty, keeping the score 1-0. For the remainder of the first half, the ball passed possession between Bell Baxter and Stirling with both team’s defence shining throughout.
In the second half, Bell Baxter looked to be nervous with only a one goal advantage. However, they had no need to be as a well-played tackle from Jack Jones landed him with the ball, he followed his possession lead with a fierce kick landing Bell Baxter with another goal. Stirling seemed to be losing hope, but this didn’t put them down as they kept up their attacks on Bell Baxter's keeper.
Bell Baxter showed strong tactics in the second half with a further two goals scored by Callum Houston and Connor Foulkes. Callum Houston managed to intercept a wide pass from Stirling’s left-back and score a smashing goal.
A few minutes later, Connor Foulkes added another goal to the score by driving the ball up field towards Stirling’s keeper and struck it into the bottom corner.
Bell Baxter’s defence managed to keep it tight at the back and kill any attacks Stirling were trying to launch. Bell Baxter simply overran the Stirling boys and deservedly booked their place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup. Had Stirling landed a few of their attacks on Bell Baxter, it could have been a whole different story.