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Watson 7' Campbell 16' Manclark 25'

Bathgate Thistle CFC 8

Byron 15' Anderson 17' 31' 45' Flanagan 38' Kinross 65' Wight 72' McKeon'
  • Sunday, 27 September 2015
  • Wardie Playing Fields
  • Under 15´s
  • SYFA Scottish Cup

It was SYFA Scottish Cup weekend as North Edinburgh Wanderers hosted Bathgate Thistle in a thoroughly entertaining, and high-scoring, match. Bathgate lead 4-3 at the break and scored a further four in the second half to win the match 8-3, with a hat-trick from Dylan Anderson seeing Thistle confidently through to the next round.

Despite the final result however, North Edinburgh Wanderers began the brighter team and were ahead inside seven minutes; midfielder Lewis Watson won the ball in the middle of the park and broke free before sliding the ball out wide to Mark Manclark who returned a low cross and Watson put the ball past the goalkeeper from close range.

From then on, the game burst into life and the spectators were treated to three goals in three minutes.

Bathgate were the first to score as they managed to draw level; the ball found its way to Sean Byron on the edge of the box and he was able to finish into the bottom right hand corner.

The Wanderers then regained their lead a mere 30 seconds later. They won a free kick on the half way line and the ball was sent forward, midfielder Kaylem Campbell was left unmarked as he expertly took the ball down and fired past Jake Lees in the Bathgate goal.

To add another twist, Bathgate drew level straight from their own kick off. Tricky player Bailey Flanagan managed to skip by his marker on the left and play the ball into Dylan Anderson who made no mistake and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

The home side managed to sneak into the lead again on the 25th minute; Campbell provided a high cross for Manclark who found space and saw his header fly over the goalkeeper and over the line.

Once again, Bathgate equalised. Anderson grabbed his second of the game as he glided through three players and put the ball into the left corner of the goal.

Bathgate were then able to take the lead, for the first time, two minutes from the end of the half; there was a slight mix-up between the Wanderers’ defence and Flanagan was able to latch onto the loose ball and powerfully finish from inside the box.

The referee then brought an end to the first half and the supporters were able to take a break from the thoroughly exciting action. The Wanderers’ management and players seemed disheartened about taking the lead three times and finding themselves a goal down at half time; it required a big effort from the players to get back into the game.

  • Half Time:
  • North Edinburgh Wanderers
  • 3-4
  • Bathgate Thistle CFC

If the Wanderers were feeling down at half time, Bathgate’s goal five minutes into the restart did not help their mood. Anderson secured his hat-trick as he fired the ball into the top corner from 25 yards out.

Thistle then scored again 20 minutes later and essentially killed the game off. A high corner was played in and Mathew Kinross met the ball with a free header and powered the ball into the net.

Five minutes from time Bathgate scored two more. The first came from Billy Wight, after some good interplay with Anderson, the midfielder rounded the goalkeeper and scored his first of the game.

David McKeon then rounded off the scoring with a fine strike from the edge of the box which found its way into the left corner.

The referee brought a halt to proceedings and Bathgate were the victors on this particular day; it was an exciting Scottish Cup tie and Bathgate really turned on the style in the second half, as a result, they will enter the draw for the next round of the SYFA Scottish Cup. 

  • Full Time:
  • North Edinburgh Wanderers
  • 3-8
  • Bathgate Thistle CFC


North Edinburgh Wanderers
Bathgate Thistle CFC
1. Kaylume Ramage
2. Josh McIntyre
3. Nico Whittaker
4. Brandon Sharpe
5. Ryan Williamson
6. Steven Bell
7. Gary Mair
8. George Reid
9. Jay Thorburn
10. Mark Manclark
11. Kaylem Campbell
12. Lewis Watson
14. Kyle Clarkson
15. Declan Howlett
16. Zidane Ameral
1. Jake Lees
2. James Russell
3. Ross Powley
4. Matthew Kinross
6. David McKeon
8. Ciaran Ballentine
9. Bailey Flanagan
10. Aidan McGlynn
11. Sam Waddell
13. Billy Wight
14. Elliot Kay
15. Sean Byron
16. Dylan Anderson
Star Player
North Edinburgh Wanderers
Bathgate Thistle CFC
Mark Manclark - he looked a threat all game and caused problems for the Bathgate defence.
Dylan Anderson - his hat-trick was sensational and made the team's victory more emphatic.
Magic Moment
North Edinburgh Wanderers
Bathgate Thistle CFC
Kaylem Campbell's goal - the midfielders great touch and excellent strike received the applause of everyone.
Billy Wight's goal - the composure he showed to round the keeper, and finish, when he was under pressure showed that the player had class.
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