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Clinical Fauldhouse edge past Fairmuir

Fairmuir BC 0

Fauldhouse United 3

Wilcox 32', 61', McGee 84'
  • Sunday, 30 October 2016
  • Graham Street
  • Under 17´s
  • inspiresport SYFA Cup - R3

Andrew Creegan

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Last year's semi finalists Fauldhouse United saw off Fairmuir in the Third Round of the Scottish Cup. Kyle Wilcox grabbed a goal in both halves before Ben McGee found the net in the dying minutes, confirming the Edinburgh sides place in the Fourth Round.
The first chance of the game came the way of the hosts after just five minutes. Ryan Scobie’s corner was met by an unmarked Finlay Scott, but the winger’s header was headed off the line by Fauldhouse skipper Alex Robertson. Moments later, Fauldhouse went close through Elliot Ferrier’s header.
Fairmuir were taking the game to Fauldhouse, trying to press the ball high up the pitch. The hosts were nearly ahead just after the half hour mark. Scobie’s in-swinging nearly caught out Fauldhouse keeper Mathew Craig, but the Fauldhouse keeper did well to claw the ball away for a corner.
Despite Fairmuir’s early pressure, it was Fauldhouse who took the lead. Ferrier’s long throw landed at the feet of Kyle Wilcox. The striker managed to keep the ball well under pressure from the Fairmuir defenders and squeezed the ball under Fairmuir keeper Rory McInally and into the net.
Thing nearly got better for the visitor’s moments later. Dhee Myint teed up Wilcox at the top of the box, but the striker’s tame effort was saved by McInally. As the half time whistle sounded, Fauldhouse were ahead, but Fairmuir certainly weren’t out of it.  
  • Half Time:
  • Fairmuir BC
  • 0-1
  • Fauldhouse United
Fairmuir nearly got the second half off to the perfect start. Substitute Ryan McLaren slipped the ball through to Cavin Tosh, who saw his low drive tipped away Craig. Tosh went close moments later, heading a Scobie free kick just wide.
The introduction of McLaren had freshened up the Fairmuir frontline and the number nine could have levelled the tie after 54 minutes. Scott scooped the ball into the substitute’s path, but his first-time volley sailed over the crossbar.
Fairmuir were continuing to up the pressure, winning corners and free kicks in dangerous areas, but it was Fauldhouse who got the second goal of the game. Just after the hour mark, the ball broke through to Wilcox, who broke the offside trap and calmly lifted the ball over McInally. This was a tough one to take for Fairmuir who had looked more likely to get the games second goal.
Fauldhouse were now in control of the tie, forcing Fairmuir to send the ball long. With 71 minutes gone Wilcox saw his low drive saved by McInally. Ben McGee was next to be denied by McInally.
With six minutes remaining, Fauldhouse added their third. Fairmuir were slow to react to a quick corner and Robertson’s low ball was prodded home by McGee, confirming Fauldhouse’s place in the Fourth Round.
This was a tough one to take for Fairmuir, who suffered their second defeat in as many games. They will now turn their attentions to the league and domestic cups. Fauldhouse will know that they can play better than they did today, but it is said that the best teams can win without playing well, and that’s what they did today.
  • Full Time:
  • Fairmuir BC
  • 0-3
  • Fauldhouse United


Fairmuir BC
Fauldhouse United
1. Rory McInally
2. Gary Ellis
3. Arran McFadyen
4. Ryan Scobie
5. Ryan Bannon
6. Kane Alison
7. Robbie Gallagher
8. Finlay Scott
9. Ryan McLaren
10. Cavin Tosh
11. Bryce Murray
12. Finnlay Tynan
14. Ross Bell
15. Cameron Cruickshanks
17. Jack Taylor
18. John McIntosh
1. Mathew Craig
2. John Paul Cahill
3. Alex Robertson
4. Cameron Geddie
5. Harris Neilings
6. Reece Thompson
7. Robbie MacMillian
8. Dhee Myint
9. Ben McGee
10. Kyle Wilcox
11. Elliot Ferrier
12. Lewis McLure
14. Leuan Ford
15. Guy Sim
16. Liam Page
17. Jackson Cowan
Star Player
Fairmuir BC
Fauldhouse United
Ryan Scobie - Had his sides best chance and put in some dangerous deliveries from set pieces. Defended well and was unlucky to be on the losing side.
Kyle Wilcox - The Fauldhouse man linked play well and scored his goals when Fairmuir were looking the most likely to score. May be disappointed not to have had a hat trick.
Magic Moment
Fairmuir BC
Fauldhouse United
Scobie's Free Kick - The closest that Fairmuir came to scoring. On another day, it may have crept in and the result may have been different.
Wilcox's Second Goal - A composed finish that all but secured his sides place in the next round.
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