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With the kick off being delayed by fifteen minutes to allow the pitch to thaw a little it was Westdyke that came out as comfortable winners in a Scottish Cup Third Round fixture against Kennoway United. Craig Mackie's astonishing four goals helped them along the way as well as strikes from Hadyn Burgoyne and Glen Donald and Connor Brown's goal for the visitors proved to be only a consolation.
The home side got off to a flying start after a clearance found its way through to Burgoyne who slotted the ball past Grant Henderson in the Kennoway goal. Kennoway were looking to respond quickly but Reece Wilson put his cross over the bar. Westdyke doubled their lead in the 9th minute as Liam Duthie played a great ball through to Burgoyne but Aaron Ramsay was across quick to tackle well to prevent the shot. Kelvin Brown delivered the resultant corner into the box and Craig Mackie was on hand to head the ball into the top right corner of the net.
The 12th minute of the game saw Westdyke extend their lead further as Kennoway gave the ball away cheaply in their own half which allowed Mackie to pounce and he drove into the box and made no mistake beating the keeper from 12 yards out.
Westdyke continued to put pressure on the Kennoway defence and this pressure paid off with the suppy of another goal and crucially, Mackie completed his hat trick within 14 minutes. It was the same corner routine and again it paid off, Brown with the ball into the box and Mackie glanced his header into the roof of the net giving Henderson no chance in the Kennoway goal.
Kennoway tried to battle on and the Fife side won themselves a corner. Blair Band swung the ball into the box and Connor Brown created space for himself but he couldn't make the most of his free header and Dan McAllister was on hand to smother the ball into his grasp. Kennoway were now starting to get into their rhythm and Wilson's cut back was well cut out by Matthew Stewart. Moments later and Kennoway were on the front foot again as Craig Lumsden played the ball through for James Dick but he had strayed offside in the process.
The Fife side were looking to turn this pressure into goals but they just couldn't get the better of the Westdyke back line. The ball broke to the edge of the box but Lumsden's strike was well saved by McAllister for a corner. Again it was Band with the delivery and again it was Brown with the header but this time it went wide of McAllister's right hand post.
Westdyke almost had their 5th goal of the game on 29 minutes as their front 3, Mackie, Donald and Burgoyne were causing all sorts of problems for the Kennoway defenders. Donald switched the play to Mackie who slipped the ball through to Burgoyne first time but Henderson read it well and got down to it quickly. Westdyke did get their 5th goal of the afternoon after Duthie played the ball through for Mackie who drove the ball across the face of the goal and Donald was on hand to stay calm and finish well into the top right corner of the net.
Half Time: Westdyke BC U15s 5-0 Kennoway United U15s
Westdyke started the second half as they did the first with an early goal. Scott McDonald sent up a free kick and the ball bounced past the Kennoway defenders after no-one provided the clearance and Mackie gambled on the loose ball and finished coolly with his left foot for his 4th goal of the afternoon.
The 47th minute of the game saw Mackie get another glorious oppurtunity to add to his tally but this time he missed the target and the ball went out for a goal kick. The resultant goal kick was one to forget for goalkeeper Henderson as he kicked it straight to the feet of Burgoyne who drove on and punished Henderson's mistake by slotting the ball home.
The 50th minute saw Westdyke win another corner and create another goal scoring oppurtunity. Brown crossed the ball in but the ball was just too high for Mackie to get there. Mackie would have been pleased with his 4 goals but he would have been slightly disappointed with the ones he missed. In the 58th minute of the game he was set up for his easiest chance of the afternoon but credit to Henderson who made amends for his earlier mishap as he stayed big and saved Mackie's effort with his right foot.
Kennoway did eventually have the ball in the back of McAllister's net but this still left a huge mountain to climb if they were to get anything out of the game. Band delivered a corner into the box and it was third time lucky for Brown as this time he did find the top corner of the net with his header after climbing highest in a crowded goalmouth.
Westdyke created the final chance of the game as McDonald saw his free kick hit the wall but his rebound was better and forced a good save from Henderson.
Full Time: Westdyke BC U15s 7-1 Kennoway United U15s