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Fixture: Armadale Falcons v Dunbar Utd Colts U14s
Competition: Scottish Cup
Venue: Armadale
Date: 26/09/2015

Dunbar Utd Colts were in blistering form as they saw off Armadale Falcons 9-0 in Round 2 of the Scottish Cup.

It was a journey to pastures new for Dunbar Utd Colts U14s as they continued their adventure in the Scottish Cup. Having overcome an away tie at Fernieside FC in Round 1, Dunbar were again asked to travel for Round 2; this time to West Lothian where they would experience Saturday football for the first time in 11-a-sides and against unknown opposition.

With the game played on a Saturday, Dunbar left Readman, Pickles and Sutherland to the school rugby team, with the sports mad and hugely enthusiastic Pickles willing to make the transformation from oval to round ball and arrive in time for the second half. A late call-off from Kielty with a recurring back pain meant that the Seasiders started with only two players on the bench.

The Dunbar team arrived for their warm-up with the pitch slightly uneven but conditions absolutely perfect. Dunbar are traditionally slow starters but they were quicker into their stride today. Smillie was in the holding midfield role he adopted for the second half of last week’s game and he was instrumental in everything good about Dunbar’s play in the early stages.

He took only 5 minutes to find his passing range and with the home team defending very high up the park, his ball over the top sent Renton on his way. Renton showed good acceleration, stretched away from the defender and netted with a fine finish.

Seconds later, the pace of Dixon exploited the home defence – this time, the home keeper produced a great stop to deny the striker. The second goal did quickly follow with only ten minutes played and although it didn’t quite match Manchester United’s 45 pass move before netting against Southampton, it was a fantastic team goal, and their best of the season so far.

From the right hand side, Mclean took a throw to Smillie, who returned it for Mclean to feed in Twist. Twist then played Dixon in down the right who took one touch before playing in an inch perfect ball to the edge of the six-yard box where a grateful Renton was running – his first time hit was clinically dispatched past the keeper leaving the Dunbar coaches purring in delight at a flowing team passing goal.

The home side adjusted their formation to cope with the striking pace of Kinghorn, Renton and Dixon and came into the game more. Knox likes a midfield battle and he was certainly involved in a physical duel with the imposing home side number five.

At the back, Purves in the visiting goal was calmness personified with Mclean, Hall, Brunton and Hood up for a battle and holding steady. Hall donned the captain’s armband for the first time in recognition of his performances the last two games.

The third goal did not look too far away, with Knox bursting into the box and smashing an effort against the bar. With only 17 minutes played, Dunbar went three up. The goal came from an unlikely source in the shape of one of the smallest men on the pitch. Renton delivered an inswinging corner and Twist evaded his marker and headed past the keeper for his first of the season.

Dunbar continued to work hard in the half without threatening too much, although their passing and possession play was as good as at any time this season.

Just before half time, there was some excitement with the home side hotly disputing a refereeing decision. The young lad was yellow carded for using foul and abusive language.

Half Time: Armadale Falcons 0-3 Dunbar Utd Colts

The interval saw Pickles arrive sans rugby gear but transformed instantly into the Dunbar Utd Colts home kit. He brought sad news regarding Dunbar Grammar Schools rugby match scoreline, but was delighted to see the Seasiders three goals to the good.

Pickles, Foggo and Cooper were all introduced to the team for the second half. Dunbar kicked off and had to weather a storm of attacking football from the home side. The Falcons team certainly came out fighting and were determined to score early.

The Dunbar defence were solid with Smillie, Hall, Brunton and Hood all in top form. They were ably protected by Pickles, Knox and Foggo with Dunbar’s front three feeding off scraps as the home side looked motivated by a half time team talk. Dunbar were outstanding in defence throughout this opening period and even managed a couple of breakaway chances with Knox denied a goal, as well as Renton.

With ten minutes of the second period played, Dunbar scored the decisive goal that killed the contest. Cooper was influencing the game now, and he was denied a goal after a run into the box. He was then fouled as he took the ball past one player and towards the byline. Renton took the free kick with Hood rising highest and crashing home a header for his fourth goal in his last three games.

This setback effectively knocked the stuffing out of the home side and Dunbar began to boss the game once more and dominate possession. They duly added to the Falcons’ misery with Foggo, Hood and Cooper combining in a well-worked move before Foggo sent Renton through to net his third of the game.

The sixth was similar and was again from a move down the left hand side. Great work from Hood in the left back position saw him feed Renton who was out on the left – he turned provider and his cross was superbly finished off by Dixon, who is so lethal inside the 18-yard box.

Dunbar were now playing their best football of the season with the home defence tiring.  Foggo won the ball in midfield and his through-ball saw Renton reach the ball before the keeper, skip round the unlucky number one and fire home.

The good football on display was halted briefly when Hall tracked the home side number five across the pitch, timed a sliding tackle to perfection, which the Falcons player took exception to. Hall shrugged the player aside as they both rose from the ground and the referee booked the Seasiders’ centre half for being overly aggressive.

This appeared to motivate the visitor’s for the final period of play, with Renton netting his fifth of the game before unselfishly turning provider for Knox to smash into the roof of the net from 12 yards for Dunbar’s ninth goal and the midfielder’s sixth of the campaign.

There was still time for Kinghorn to spurn a golden opportunity while Purves, Brunton and Pickles did well to clear a goal-line stramash and keep a clean sheet.

The referee blew for full time with the Falcons kindly providing a well-earned buffet lunch for the travelling Dunbar side.

Full Time: Armadale Falcons 0-9 Dunbar Utd Colts

Dunbar progress to Round 3 of the Scottish Cup which sees the draw go from regional to national. Cup action continues for Dunbar when they host another West Lothian side, Blackburn Utd, in the second round of the SE Region cup on Sunday, 4 October.


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