Lewis United are out of the Belmont Trophy after losing 3-1 to ALC Athletic, just two weeks before their crunch Scottish Youth Cup quarter final tie with Hamilton Accies. ALC booked their place in the fourth round despite only having 11 players available for the match. They took the lead a minute before half time when Scott Kerr finished off a quick counter attack. Two second half own goals all but secured the victory for the visitors, with substitute Calum Mitchell scoring a consolation goal for Lewis.
The game was one of the eight matches out of Sunday’s 43 fixtures to beat the freeze. The venue for the third round match changed from Uniconn Park to the 3G pitch at the Garioch Leisure Centre in Inverurie to ensure it went ahead.
Home side Lewis United started in the ascendancy with striker Mitchell Foy looking particularly lively. Foy’s neat footwork and shot from 20 yards brought the first save of the game after three minutes from ALC goalkeeper Euan Rose.
That was a sign of things to come for Lewis who were reduced to long range efforts for the majority of the first half. They created their first clear cut chance after 24 minutes when midfielder Alan Oldroyd capitalised on a loose touch to go through on goal but his low shot was parried out for a corner by Rose.
The hosts continued to enjoy the lion’s share of possession with little in the way of chances to show for it. Brian Mair’s high cross was headed over by Liam Norris and striker Gregory Barclay failed to react quickly enough to a free kick that dropped for him in the middle of the 18-yard box.
It looked like the first half would end goalless until ALC set off on a rare counter attack which resulted in striker Scott Kerr finding time and space in the penalty area to slot the ball past the previously inactive Calum MacDonald in goal for Lewis.