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Glentanar turnaround means they will take place in round two of Scottish Cup

Glentanar 5

Downie 45, 66. Gerrie 49. Simpson 58. Thorne 68.

Fortmartine 2

Munro 9. OG 31
  • Saturday, 13 September 2014
  • Woodside Sports Complex
  • Under 13´s
  • Competition name here

Scott McPherson | YFS North Region Journalist
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Glentanar CC and Formartine United embarked on their first ever Scottish Cup campaign on Sunday, after moving to 11-aside football this season. Surrounded by rugby matches, 7-aside football matches, and towering trees at Woodside Sports Complex, Glentanar recovered from 2-0 down at half-time to eventually triumph 5-2 and continue their first Road to Airdrie adventure. 
 
Glentanar started the match the better team, and were unlucky not to take the lead a couple of times within the first 10 minutes as Jack Lappin’s pace, power and directness caused Formartine problems. 
 
But it was the visitors who took the lead after nine minutes. Left-back Conor Munro let fly with his right foot from 20 yards and his shot had too much power for goalkeeper James Johnston who couldn’t prevent it from hitting the back of the net.
 
That early setback didn’t deter Glentanar, as they continued to push forward and they were nearly rewarded with an equaliser just four minutes after conceding. Neat build-up play by striker Josh Yeats and Sol Kench allowed Lewis Downie to shoot from the left of the penalty area but he was denied by an acrobatic save from Gary Davidson in goal for Formartine.
 
As the first half neared its climax, Formartine doubled their lead against the run of play. Tenacious midfielder Aaron Hay fought to win the ball in the opposition penalty area and his dangerous cross-shot was turned into his own net by a Glentanar defender. 
  • Half Time:
  • Glentanar
  • 0-2
  • Fortmartine
As is so often said in football, 2-0 can be a dangerous scoreline and Glentanar would have been confident of getting back into the game if they could get the next goal. On the flip side, if Formartine could score again they would probably deem that as job done. 
 
The all important next goal came 10 minutes after the interval and it was Glentanar who got it. Downie went up front in the second half after playing in midfield previously and he rewarded his manager for that change when he slipped the ball under goalkeeper Davidson from six yards.
 
Momentum was well and truly on the side of the hosts and they made it 2-2 after 49 minutes. Another inspired change by the Glentanar management saw substitute Lewis Gerrie unorthodoxly loop the ball into the net from four yards with his very first touch of the game.
 
To their credit, Formartine managed to thwart the momentum of Glentanar after that goal but there was nothing they could do to stop their opponents taking the lead for the first time in the game on 58 minutes. A corner was cleared to Kieran Simpson on the edge of the box and he swept the ball into the top corner of the goal on the half volley. 
 
Formartine were noticeably dead on their feet after losing their two goal lead and that allowed Glentanar to add some gloss to the scoreline late on. Four minutes from time, Downie scored his second when he drove into the box with the ball and unleashed a powerful shot high into the far corner of the goal and past the goalkeeper.
 
It was then 5-2 two minutes from time when left-back Jack Thorne side footed the ball into the far top corner from the lefthand side of the 18-yard box.  
  • Full Time:
  • Glentanar
  • 5-2
  • Fortmartine

Lineups

Glentanar
Fortmartine

1. James Johnston
2. Nathan Wharry
6. Lewis Downie
8. Ben Granson
9. Josh Yeats
10. Sol Kench
11. Lewis Gernie
12. Jai Rust
14. Elliot MacArthur 
15. Kieran Simpson
16. Grieg Taylor
17. Jack Thorne
18. Lewis Simpson
19. Jack Lappin
20. Paul Walker

1. Gary Davidson
2. Fionn Lennon
3. Aaron Hay
4. Lewis Chalmers
7. Harry Smith
8. Alex Clark
9. Mitchell Donald
11. Alex Reid
12. Ewan Bloomfield
14. Sam Walker McCall
15. Liam Duncan
16. Fraser Ironside
17. Glen Smith
18. Conor Munro
19. Ryan Martin

Star Player
Glentanar
Fortmartine
It has to be Lewis Downie, who inspired his team’s second half comeback. He moved from midfield to striker at half-time and that move was the catalyst for Glentanar’s victory. His pace and dribbling caused Formartine countless problems and he scored two well taken goals.
Despite conceding five goals, Formartine’s centre-back, Fraser Ironside, was outstanding throughout. He constantly thwarted Glentanar with great blocks and tackles and was unfortunate to be on the losing team on the day.
Magic Moment
Glentanar
Fortmartine
Glentanar’s magic moment was Kieran Simpson’s spectacular half-volley from 20 yards. Not only was it the goal of the game, but also the goal which completed their turnaround.
Conor Munro’s opening goal gave Formartine the perfect platform for the remainder of the game. His long range goal counted for nothing in the end but was a good moment personally.
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