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Banks O'Dee Albion sail into last 16

Banks O'Dee Albion 4

Dalglish 13, Lynch 24 56, Brand 33

Blantyre Soccer Academy Black 1

Aird 28

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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It was a frosty affair for a 4th round Scottish Cup tie between Banks O'Dee Albion and Blantyre Soccer Academy Black. A quick check on the weather app before the game seen it was just below freezing in the Torry area of Aberdeen and the supporters of both Albion and Blantyre were in for a good frosty affair.

Neither side showed a cutting edge in the opening 10 minutes of the game and it was interesting to find out who would score the 1st goal in this cup tie. It was the hosts who got the goal after some good interchange of passes and the ball found its way into Ben Dalglish who unleashed a stormer of a hit which found it's way into the top left hand corner. The goal definitely had all the makings of it being a contender of goal of the round in the Scottish Cup.

Banks O'Dee Albion coaches Greg Watson and Roger Ross seem to have stamped a new impetus on this team after taking over and compared to last seasons showings showed more signs of playing some good attacking football and this was definitely on display after they doubled their lead after 24 minutes. A great cross in found Jordan Lynch who volleyed home.

Blantyre knew they had to react and Jack King in the Albion goal had to be alert however a free kick from Ciaran Maguire went over the bar. Blantyre then reduced the leeway though after Kieran Aird produced a sharp finish. King did hit best to try and tip the ball round the post however it just creeped into the far left corner. Game on!

Albion then maintained their 2 goal advantage on the edge of half time after a Lyall Innes ball had found Lewis Brand who volleyed it past the goalkeeper and soon enough both teams were getting their half time team talks.

Special mention to the Banks O'Dee Albion Under 14s tea staff, 50p for a sausage roll and £1 for a pie is pretty good going. Albion thoroughly deserved their lead at half time however the game wasn't over yet and Blantyre weren't going to give up.

The start of the 2nd half was quite tepid with very little action happening on the park however the hosts did have a chance courtesy of a Lyall Innes free kick which smacked off the crossbar and away.

Blantyre also had a couple of chances themselves however Murray Burns who replaced Jack King at the interval was alert to all danger. Soon enough Albion were to put the game to bed.

Banks O'Dee Albion Under 17s went down to Fauldhouse on Saturday and picked up a 2-0 win and the Under 14s were to follow suit after a great ball found Lynch who slotted calmly into the far left hand corner.

Albion kept pressing at the Blantyre rear guard and Lyall Innes nearly got himself on the score sheet however his effort flew over. Innes had a good game and was deserving of a goal.

Credit to Blantyre who never gave up however it was Banks O'Dee Albion who sealed their place in todays 5th round draw with ties taking place on the weekend of 3rd/4th December 2016.


Banks O'Dee Albion
Blantyre Soccer Academy Black
1. Murray Burns
2. Jason Anderson
3. Ben Dalglish
4. Joseph Otto
5. Mario Reynard
6. Gary Livingstone
7. Jordan Lynch
8. Cameron Jappy
9. Travis Reynard
10. Lyall Innes
14. Charlie Stewart
15. Leon Forbes
18. Struan Lumsden
19. Oliver Marshall
21. Jack King
1. Ben Clelland
21. Szymon Nowak
2. Kirk Robertson
3. Ethan O'Neil
4. Kieran Aird
5. Marley Bain
6. Craig Campbell
7. Blair Riddoch
8. Thomas Brogan
9. Camal Whelan
12. James McDermott
14. Rhys Mallin
16. Cameron Lander
17. Nathan McNulty
18. Ciaran Maguire
19. Euan Simm
Star Player
Banks O'Dee Albion
Blantyre Soccer Academy Black
Ben Dalglish - Hard choice however Bens goal set Spain Park alight and put in a great shift for Albion.
Kieran Aird - Kieran put in a good shift for Blantyre and was rewarded with a goal.
Magic Moment
Banks O'Dee Albion
Blantyre Soccer Academy Black
No debate for this one! Ben Dalglish's hit. If that goal was scored in the English Premiership then Sky Sports would keep on showing it on screen.
Blantyres goal courtesy of Kieran Aird, a well driven shot into the far left corner. Jack King did his best to deny the ball going in however it was too sharp for the Albion goalkeeper.

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