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Pollok victorious after Scottish Cup sizzler in Dalkeith

Dalkeith CYP 3

McLean 7, Waugh 12, Liddle 24

Pollok Juveniles 4

McAllion 9, McLaughlin 44, 70, McNeill 57
  • Saturday, 05 October 2013
  • Cowden Park, Dalkeith
  • Under 21´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup - R2
Dalkeith CYP and Pollok Juveniles served up a Scottish Cup tie to remember, on a mild Autumn afternoon in Midlothian. The home side raced into an early lead courtesy of Tyron McLean, but Pollok hit back immediately through Andy McAllion. Dalkeith took the initiative, racing into a 3-1 lead courtesy of goals from Scott Waugh and David Liddle, before Andy McLaughlin's strike on the stroke of half time brought the visitors back to within touching distance. The second half belonged to Pollok, with goals from Darren McNeill and McLaughlin sealing a last 16 spot for the Glasgow outfit.
Having graduated from Under 19 level this season, Dalkeith CYP are one of the youngest outfits across the Under 21 age group this season, with just four players unable to continue playing for two further years. The youthful makeup hasn't held back the Midlothian side, with a bright start placing them near the top of the East of Scotland 21's second tier and an impressive away victory over Eastwood in the first round of the national competition.
Pollok had also enjoyed a favourable start to 2013/14. The outfit from South West Glasgow, who are attached to the highly successful junior club, currently sit top of the West of Scotland 21's YFL D2. In the Scottish Cup, they saw off Port Glasgow 5-2 in the first round.
The match kicked off at Cowden Park, with both teams frantically battling for early possession and territory. The visitors were the first to threaten, with a Darren McNeill corner being cleared only as far as the set piece taker, who drove the ball across the 6 yard box - somehow eluding everybody.
At the other end, Dalkeith provided a first sighting of a weapon that would put Pollok under considerable pressure throughout the afternoon. Daniel Greig's long throw from the left fell to the feet of Scott Waugh inside the area. Pollok's Ben Lawton pulled off a point blank saved, but the opportunistic Tyron McLean was on hand to follow up and sidefoot the ball into an unguarded net.
From Dalkeith's next set piece, less than two minutes later, there was another goal - but this time not for the home side. A free kick was swung in from midfield, but cleared by the away side. In a clinical counter attack, Paddy Woods fed Andy McLaughlin,  who layed the ball into the path of John McBeth. McBeth played an excellently weighted pass into the path of Dom Farrell, who put the ball on a plate for Andy McAllion to apply the finish past Connor Lunn (click here to watch video). A five player move, consisting of only seven touches in total. Barcelona, eat your heart out. 
From one extreme to the other, Dalkeith retook the lead three minutes later. A floated free kick from Daniel Greig was met first time by the head of Scott Waugh and bulleted past the helpless Lawton (click here to watch video). Three set pieces and three goals, in a manic six minute spell.
Pollok pressed for an equaliser and came close when McNeill picked out McLaughlin at the back post, but his effort crashed off the woodwork. The Glasgow side were creating chances, but for every time they broke into the final third, there was another occasion where Dalkeith nicked the ball in the away team's half. The CYP midfielders and forwards were pressing high up the park and giving no easy possession to their opponents.
It was from Dalkeith's pressure that the fourth goal of the match arrived. The ball was chased down in Pollok's left back area and after a fortunate ricochet, there was no luck involved with David Liddle's superb first time finish. An excellent strike, taken so early that Lawton had barely been given time to set himself.
After the goal glut, things inevitably slowed down, with Dalkeith determined to hang on to their two goal lead and Pollok equally adamant to find a way back into the game without deviating from their pass and move style of play. In the final minute of the half, the visitors grabbed a lifeline. The ball was flung into the box from the left and McLaughlin reacted quickly to take a touch with either foot before sliding the ball off the right hand post and in (click here to watch video). And in an instant, both half time team talks became very different.
  • Half Time:
  • Dalkeith CYP
  • 3-2
  • Pollok Juveniles
The second half kicked off with Pollok picking up from where they left off. A sweeping attack from the visitors was anticipated by Dalkeith goalkeeper Connor Lunn - who raced from his box and headed the ball clear. However the loose ball was picked up by McLaughlin, who narrowly missed the target with the keeper racing to get back into his goal.
Another chance fell the way of the visitors five minutes later. A pinpoint channel pass from Ants McCue found the ever alert McLaughlin. The forward nipped between defender and goalkeeper, before flicking the ball narrowly wide of the right hand post. 
You felt it was a matter of time before Pollok equalised and so it proved. The men in red were given a free kick 25 yards from goal and the man who had been causing problems with his corner kicks - McNeill - needed no second invitations to have an effort on goal. The ball was curled over the wall and inside the right hand post, leaving Lunn rooted to the spot (click here to watch video). 
The momentum stayed with Pollok and McLaughlin continued to be the most used outlet. He found space inside the area for an angled drive, which was parried clear by Lunn at the front post. A minute later McAllion flashed an inviting ball across the area, but there were no takers. The third chance in quick succession law a last ditch Mark Lawrie block deny the Glasgow side. There were claims for hand ball - but the Dalkeith skipper was barely 3 yards away from the ball when the shot was unleashed.
With 70 minutes on the clock, Pollok finally got their goal. At the stage of the game where any chance was being snatched at, Dom Farrell had the composure to show quick feet inside the area, before sending a reverse pass in the direction of McLaughlin. This time there was no denying the persistent striker, who sidefooted the ball home before wheeling away in celebration (click here to watch video).
Having been second best in the possession stakes, Dalkeith knew they had to up their game or face exit from the Scottish Cup - and up their game they did. From open play the home side looked a lot more dangerous and Daniel Greig's long throws peppered the Pollok penalty area.

Dalkeith substitute Sean McGhee went close, with his effort being cleared off  the line. However, despite the home side's late push, they were given no change from Lawton and his determined back four. The final minutes ebbed away and after, what must have seemed like an eternity for the away side, the referee blew his final whistle to confirm Pollok's place in the third round of the compeition. 
A fantastic game of football - topped off by the sporting attitudes of both sets of players and officials afterwards. Dalkeith knew they had played a quality side and Pollok knew they had been pushed every step of the way by a young side that has a bright future ahead.
  • Full Time:
  • Dalkeith CYP
  • 3-4
  • Pollok Juveniles


Dalkeith CYP
Pollok Juveniles
1. Connor Lunn
2. Tyron McLean
3. Mark Lawrie
4. Daniel Greig
5. Liam Greig
6. Scott Waugh
7. Scott Taylor
8. Liam Fellenger
9. Jason King
10. David Liddle
11. Reece Pryde
12. Scott Frankland
13. Jamie Ramsay
14. Jamie Miller
15. Michael Allan
16. Andrew Stewart
1. Ben Lawton
2. Ants McCue
3. Martin Owen
4. Ross McCabe
5. Andy Walker
6. Darren McNeill
7. Dom Farrell
8. Paddy Woods
9. Andy McLaughlin
10. John McBeth
11. Andy McAllion
12. David McCracken
14. Thomas Clark
15. Michael McGhee
16. Sean McGhee
17. Bobby Hughes
Star Player
Dalkeith CYP
Pollok Juveniles
Scott Waugh was inventive and industrious in midfield, giving his team graft when required and quality going forwards. He also had a hand in two of the goals.
The Pollok award could have went to any one of half a dozen, but McLaughlin takes it due to his two goals and top class movement off the ball. Despite missing a few chances, the forward kept finding new ways to create space for himself and deservedly bagged the winner.
Magic Moment
Dalkeith CYP
Pollok Juveniles
David Liddle's strike not only oozed quality, but it gave Dalkeith confidence they could go on and win the game.
McAllion's goal was as good a counter attacking team move as you will see at this level all season.
Club Views
Dalkeith CYP
Pollok Juveniles
Nick Frankland, Dalkeith coach, said: "Fantastic hard working performance from our boys. Pushed a good team all the way."
John Alexander, Pollok manager, said: "We defended poorly in the first half, but once we had ironed out the issues at the back we went from strength to strength."
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