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Clachnacuddin into fourth round with Buckie win

Clachnacuddin FC 3

Walker 21, 38, Lewis 45

Buckie Thistle FC 1

Davidson 11

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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Clachnacuddin booked their place in the fourth round of the SFA Youth Cup with a 3-1 win over Buckie Thistle at Grant Street, a brace from Ryan Walker alongside a cool effort by Thomas Lewis was enough for the Inverness side to progress into the next round. Lucas Davidson opened the scoring for Buckie.

Both sides were extremely young in age however there was lots of quality on show from both teams. A strong crowd turned out for the occasion with lots of encouragement from Clachnacuddin and Buckie supporters.

Buckie started the game at a good pace and should have opened the scoring after just five minutes. A brilliant ball came in from the right hand side by Jay Flett which found Saul Phimster who volleyed a good effort on goal which just went wide of the right hand post.

On 12 minutes, the visitors took the lead after an excellent Lucas Davidson corner from the right hand side caused all sorts of problems for the Clach defence and goalkeeper and the ball crept into the net despite the best efforts of Thomas McMorran to keep the ball out.

Going a goal down was probably a good thing from a Clachnacuddin perspective as the hosts opened up, played some exciting football and threatened the Buckie backline at the same time. The Inverness side were awarded a penalty on 21 minutes after Ben Hislop was fouled inside the box after an excellent headed pass by Thomas Lewis. Up stepped Ryan Walker who slammed the penalty high into the roof of the net.

It was end to end action and Buckie threatened Clachnacuddin again immediately after the restart and got a free kick 25 yards from goal which was taken by Lucas Davidson, a fantastic inswinging free kick from the midfielder crashed off the crossbar with McMorran beaten however nobody was there to net the rebound.

Walker got his second of the game in what was an excellent performance by the midfielder, a free kick by Aidan MacKinnon was delivered into a very good area which was met by the talented playmaker who guided home a fine header into the bottom right hand corner past Jay Campbell.

Both sides were playing football the right way and it was a very open game of football in the first half, Clach doubled their advantage on the stroke of half time after MacKinnon stole the ball off a Buckie defender before playing in Thomas Lewis who produced a calm finish beyond Campbell into the far right corner.

With Buckie two goals down heading into the second half, the visitors had a fresh approach about them and Thistle had a few testing chances on the Clach backline. A Davidson ball was met by Tyler Walker whose effort on goal was saved by McMorran.

Buckie were building up well when they had the ball and attacked well too, however they couldn't get the vital goals required whilst Clach were being tidy on the ball however at times failing to be creative to add to their advantage.

Lucas Davidson was fantastic from set-pieces for Buckie however failed to get that allusive goal that he was looking for. The midfielder had a 40 yard free kick followed by another attempt on goal blocked by Cal White.

Thomas Lewis impressed many admirers in attendance at Grant Street Park with his approach to attack and desire to make a difference and a good ball by Walker found the striker who tried to get a brace however a good save from Campbell denied the forward.

Buckie threw everything at Clach in order to save their cup dream, Josh Mair showed some good dribbling before breaking into the box and seeing his shot saved before McMorran once again denied Tyler Walker from scoring.

It was a pulsating 90 minutes of football with Clachnacuddin edging proceedings over the piece, they had a younger unit compared to Buckie however take nothing away from the visitors who will feel hard done by to be out of the cup after playing so well and having a lot of attacks however not taking chances.

There was some brilliant individual performances for the hosts and don't be surprised to see these players involved in the first team squad soon, congratulations to Clachnacuddin and commiserations to Buckie Thistle.

Lineups

Clachnacuddin FC
Buckie Thistle FC
1. Thomas MacMorran
2. Callum MacDermott
3. Kyle Neil
4. Cal White
5. Joss Cudmore
6. Ben Hislop
7. Neil Davidson
8. Ryan Walker
9. Aidan MacKinnon
10. Thomas Lewis
11. Kenneth Fraser
12. Callum Haspel
14. Lewis Strachan
15. Danny Marshall
16. Jack Rodgers
17. Declan Bray
18. Aiden Davidson
19. Grant Nixon
1. Jay Campbell
2. Joel Davidson
3. Finlay McKay
4. Callum MacLeod
5. Elliot Findlay
6. Tyler Walker
7. Tommie Marandola
8. Lucas Davidson
9. Sam Mair
10. Saul Phimster
11. Jay Flett
12. Drew Bruce
14. Bailey Gauld
15. Mitchell Adam
16. Josh Mair
17. David Cumming
Star Player
Clachnacuddin FC
Buckie Thistle FC
Ryan Walker - Ryan delivered a very good performance in midfield and got a deserved double, Ryan was all over the park, tucked away a very good penalty and also guided home a fantastic header plaudits need to be given to Thomas Morris too who was exceptional in attack for Clachnacuddin and got a deserved goal, Thomas could also have added to the tally. Thomas MacMorran also did his bit with a couple of very good stops.
Lucas Davidson - Lucas scored the goal for Buckie and was very good at set pieces, could have done more in open play however Lucas was a good asset for the visitors, Jay Campbell needs to get a mention too with a couple of good stops to keep the score down and Tyler Walker was extremely unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.
Magic Moment
Clachnacuddin FC
Buckie Thistle FC
The third goal through Thomas Morris, Aidan MacKinnon did well to win the ball before playing in Morris who delivered a calm finish.
The opening goal through Davidson, an excellent delivery which crept into the net.

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