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Superb second half showing gives Milton round four ticket

Westdyke BC 2

Mackie 6, Grant 50

Milton Reds 5

Valentine 38, Rennie 44, Hurry 58, Anderson 70, McMenemy 77
  • Saturday, 26 October 2013
  • Lawsondale
  • Under 16´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup - R3

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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An exciting tie was in prospect at Lawsondale as Milton Reds made the journey up from Bannockburn to Westill, based in Aberdeenshire. The last time the Reds were in Aberdeenshire they were on the wrong side of a 5-3 defeat at Banchory, which is not far from Westhill.
It was a light wind to start the game, a wind that was to become colder as the game wore on, Westdyke started the game well and took the lead with their 1st real opportunity of the game after a great move came to Craig Mackie who beautifully found the bottom right hand corner from 20 yards with a sweet shot which gave Liam Stirling in the Milton goal no chance.
Westdyke then added futher pressure onto the Milton defence and had a glorious chance to add to their tally after Hayden Burgoyne sent in a delightful ball from the right hand flank which was just misconnected by forward Mackie as the hosts went in the hunt for more goals.
Milton started to get into the game from the 15th minute mark and a great ball came in by Jake Hurry which was met by Callum Brown who saw his header blocked away by Scott McDonald. Soon enough Milton were to get their break in the game.
They had to survive a fright from Westdyke before their break came as Mackie had a great chance to double the hosts lead after his wind assisted 20 yard curling shot bounced right off the crossbar before being cleared by the visitors defence.
The Forth Valley outfit were to make them pay just two minutes before the interval after a great ball came in from the right hand side by Hurry which was met by Declan Valentine one of the smallest men on the park who guided the ball home to make sure it was all to play for in the 2nd half.
  • Half Time:
  • Westdyke BC
  • 1-1
  • Milton Reds
Milton gained the upper hand at the start of the 2nd half and Milton took the lead with the period only four minutes old after Reds played some good football and then right back Callum Rennie had a 20 yard drive towards goal which went off the crossbar and in to take the lead for the first time in the game.
It was an evenly contested game and Westdyke were to pull back level just 6 minutes later after Craig Mackie met a short corner before sending a direct ball into the six yard area which was met by Angus Grant who produced a glancing header past Stirling in the Milton goal.
The back of the net was to be hut again in the 58th minute after Bobby Smith played a short pass into Jake Hurry who did the rest by finding the top left hand corner from 20 yards to send their large travelling support into ecstasy. After this point there was to be no way back for Westdyke.
Halloween is coming up on Wednesday and Milton's victory in Aberdeenshire didn't come without a fright as Westdyke nearly equalised again after a good long ball by Blair McGilvary found Christopher Evans whose shot had to be parried away by Stirling before it was cleared to safety by the visitors defence.
Milton doubled their tally ten minutes from time after a great long ball was chased down by Hamish Anderson who then did the rest by shielding his way past the defender and then calmly slotted the ball past Glen Donald in the Westdyke goal, The hosts appealed for a foul in the lead-up to the goal.
The visitors journey back to Stirling to make an enjoyable one was complete in the 78th minute after Bobby Smith was brought down in the box by Scott McDonald which left the referee no option but to send off the skipper, McDonald was shown a straight red card in the process and up stepped Jonathon McMenemy to complete not only a victory but also a turnaround by slotting the spot-kick straight down the middle.
Going by the 2nd half showing which the visitors produced they were well worth their victory and if they play well they could be able to go on a cup run. It was also a great attacking display at times from Milton and pressed Westdyke as many a time as they could during the 2nd period.
  • Full Time:
  • Westdyke BC
  • 2-5
  • Milton Reds


Westdyke BC
Milton Reds

1. Glen Donald
GK Dan McAllister
21. Clark Geddes
3. Aiden Glennie
4. Scott McDonald
5. Liam Duthie
16. Callum Milne
7. Matthew Stewart
8. Kieran McDonald
9. Kelvin Brown
10. Haydn Burgoyne
11. Christopher Evans
15. Craig Mackie
18. Angus Grant
19. Blair McGilvary
20. Wilson Sutherland
21. Clark Geddes

1. Liam Stirling
2. Callum Rennie
3. Greig Ballantyne
4. Jason Walker
5. Blair Robertson
6. Ryan Beyer
7. Hamish McIntyre
8. Ross Leary
9. Jonathon McMenemy
10. Callum Brown
11. Jake Hurry
12. Andrew Hendry
14. Cameron Doyle
17. Declan Valentine
18. Hamish Anderson
19. Bobby Smith

Star Player
Westdyke BC
Milton Reds
Craig Mackie scored the 1st goal and assisted the other, he should have also added to his tally.
A debeateable one for this award however Jake Hurry put in great deliveries throughout the game and also got on the scoresheet. Also managed to ease his way past defenders.
Magic Moment
Westdyke BC
Milton Reds
Westdyke's first goal was well taken and it found its way right into the bottom right hand corner giving the Milton goalkeeper no chance.
Callum Rennie's strike to make it 2-1 to Milton was one to remember giving the goalkeeper no chance with a good effort.
Club Views
Westdyke BC
Milton Reds
Garry McDonald - Westdyke BC manager said "It was an even game for the first 60-65 minutes and a competitive cup tie as you would expect and I thought we lost a lot of discipline towards the end of the game We have certainly played better than that this season and we weren't as sharp as we normally are, Milton had a few good players, especially up front."
Mick Beyer - Milton Reds coach said "We are absolutely delighted and proud of the players, I have been coaching these lads for 7 years and have been playing competitive football for 4 years now and that was our best ever performance who were playing against a top team from the ADJFA. Westdyke started the game well so to get an equaliser before half time which gave us a lot of belief, you could tell from half time that the boys knew they had a great chance of winning the match."
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