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Formartine earn Tynecastle trip with late winner

Formartine United 3

McDonald 44, 88, Paterson 70

Arbroath FC 2

Smith 55, Martin 78
  • Sunday, 27 October 2013
  • North Lodge Park
  • Under 20´s
  • SFA Youth Cup

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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At the second time of asking the SFA youth cup tie between Formartine United and Arbroath got the green light to play at North Lodge Park and it was to be a really competitive cup tie then was evenly contested all the way through the game. The majority of the starting eleven for Formartine all play in the ADJFA, most play for Colony Locos 19s and also had a Colony Park under 17s player in there with the mix as well, it really does bode well for the future.
The prize at stake for the winners was a trip to Tynecastle to face Hearts who have a number of players under 20s appearing in their starting line-ups every week in the Scottish Premiership. It was Formartine who took that chance and the hosts looked like they wanted it more.
Arbroath had the first chance of the game after a great corner was sent in by Sam Burnett which was met by Kyle Findlater whose header just whisked over the bar for the Scottish league outfit. 
Matthew McDonald picked up a crucial brace in this cup tie and his first of many opportunities in the match came in the 5th minute courtesy of a free kick 25 yards from goal which just went inches wide of the left hand post. 
The visitors tried to get in front once more when Jamie Thomsons free kick forced him to play a short pass into the feet of Scott Adams and the former Aberdeen player unleashed a 25 yard effort towards goal which went over the top of Mike McKinnons goal. 
There was good chances at both ends and at the other end United once again threatened Arbroath after a great ball was sent in by Stewart Anderson which was met by McDonald whose shot was deflected over the crossbar by Paul Weir. 
With half time fast approaching Formartine took the lead at a great time with only 120 seconds remaining until the interval, Jack Goodwin sent in a great ball from the right hand side which was met by McDonald who produced a powerful diving header past Lenny Wilson in the visiting goal. 
  • Half Time:
  • Formartine United
  • 1-0
  • Arbroath FC
The start to the 2nd half was a very tight one and Formartine registered another shot on target in the 50th minute with Mike Watson playing a through ball into Alex Duguid whose 15 yard drive had to be parried away by Wilson.
Formartine weren't to be disheartened by this and took the lead again in the 70th minute after some casual play was being played by both teams, Liam Paterson certainly knows how to score cracking goals and scored a fantastic one which was to be crucial in the process after his 25 yard looping effort found the roof of the net giving Wilson no chance. 
Liam Paterson then took confidence from his goal to give the visitors defence all sorts of nightmares with his dribbling skills and managed to pound his way past a couple of Red Lichties before trying to add to his tally with a solo effort which just went wide. 
It was a game which had great goals and Arbroaths equaliser is certainly one for Patrick Martin to remember for a long time after his 30 yard drive found its way into the top right hand corner giving McKinnon no chance. It was a goal worthy enough to win any game however so was Formartines. 
Extra time was looming until the North Lodge outfit had other ideas after Liam Paterson played a great ball into Matthew McDonald whose made sure he had a bit of space and time before aiming for the bottom left hand corner with his 15 yard shot which crashed off the post and in with the Formartine support counting down the time to not only get themselves a trip to Tynecastle but also to put the kettle on in what turned out to be a really chilly day.
The Red Lichties had one more chance just before the final whistle to get themselves back into the tie when Scott Fullertons ball was met by Davie Robertson whose diving header went over. After that attempt the referee blew full time on a five goal thriller with the hosts showing more desire to get through to the finish line. 
  • Full Time:
  • Formartine United
  • 3-2
  • Arbroath FC


Formartine United
Arbroath FC

1. Michael McKinnon
2. Jack Goodwin
3. Kieran Lawrence
4. Grant Dawson
5. Rhys Simpson
6. Michael Watson
7. Stewart Anderson
8. Ewan Ritchie
9. Matthew McDonald
10. Alex Duguid
11. Liam Paterson
12. Greg Wood
14. Cameron Booth
15. Scott Moir
16. Kyle Gordon

21. Ryan Thomson

1. Lenny Wilson
2. Ross Mitchell
3. Andrew Hampton
4. Kyle Findlater
5. Paul Weir
6. Jamie Thomson
7. Kieran McWalton
8. Sam Burnett
9. Patrick Smith
10. Patrick Martin
11. Scott Adams
12. Josh Chalmers
14. Ryan Lewis
15. Scott Fulleton
16. Davie Robertson
21. Josh Gray

Star Player
Formartine United
Arbroath FC
Matthew McDonald scored a brace and looked a real handful throughout the game and didn't give the defenders a moment pace.
Jamie Thomson tried to set up chances for the forwards throughout the game and also could have got on the scoresheet himself.
Magic Moment
Formartine United
Arbroath FC
McDonald won't be getting everything his own way, the magic moment from the Formartine perspective has to be Liam Paterson's looping volley which was a great strike.
Arbroath's second goal through Patrick Martin finding the top right hand corner giving Mike McKinnon no chance.
Club Views
Formartine United
Arbroath FC
Greame McBeath Formartine United coach said "It was a good game and I thought are lads done well to respond to Arbroath coming back twice, to score three goals against a senior team you can't ask for much more than that".
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