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Fraserburgh through in penalty shoot-out drama

Tass Thistle 3

McGuinness 24, 89, Walker 28

Fraserburgh Link-Up 3

Dyka 12, Simpson 80, Masson 95
  • Final Result: Tass Thistle 3-3 Fraserburgh Link-Up (Fraserburgh won 3-0 on penalties)
  • Sunday, 17 November 2013
  • Garnock Road, Stevenston
  • Under 15´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup - R4
What a wonderful example for a Scottish Cup tie this was. This was a match that had everything from goals, near misses, great saves, controversy, extra time and a penalty shoot out. Both teams were evenly matched from start to finished although the team playing towards the wooded area on the right, often had a slight wind advantage resulting in all but one goal coming at that end.
 
The Fraserburgh side endured a nightmare journey by bus, rising before 06:00 to travel the 220 miles to Stevenston but there would be no signs of weary legs from the northerners. It was Burgh who shocked the home side by taking an early lead after missing some decent chances previously. Evan Dyka found himself through on goal from the right, his shot from just inside the box was well saved by keeper Dylan Jackson but the power of the shot took it onwards over the line for the the opener after 12 minutes of play.
 
On 24 minutes, Tass equalised from a ball down the left, which was picked up by Marley McGuinness, who fired home from an incredibly tight angle; again the keeper getting a hand to it but unable to keep the ball out of the corner of the net. Four minutes later, Thistle were ahead from a calmly taken effort from Marc Walker, slotting the ball beyond the Link Up keeper. 
 
Not soon after Sean Douglas had the ball in the net for what he thought was the leveller but Referee Alan Burnett deemed his effort to be offside. 
 
Tass should have had the game wrapped up when Lee Horn placed a wonderful cross over the visitor’s defence on to the head of the incoming striker, whose bullet header flew over the bar.
 
  • Half Time:
  • Tass Thistle
  • 2-1
  • Fraserburgh Link-Up
Tass began where they left off in the second half as McGuiness brought out the best of Link Up’s second keeper at the expense of a corner.
 
The far travelled Fraserburgh almost drew level as Douglas’ cross fell into a busy looking six yard area, where the foot of Kane McCrory tapped the ball beyond the right post. Link Up's keeper was called into action almost immediately when Walker shot from the left; his shot blocked by the fingers of the keeper.
 
Thistle had opportunities to put the match beyond their opponents but failed to capitalise on their chances. The same could be said of Burgh, who had numerous shots on goal but each one was direct at keeper Jackson.
 
In the last five minutes the team from Fraserburgh were applying tremendous pressure to their hosts back line but despite lots of possession, they failed to find a way through a resolute defence. That was until the 80th minute when a long ball found its way to Bailey Simpson, who bearing down on Jackson, calmly tapped the ball into the corner of the net. There were cries of offside but the goal scorer was well on although his striker partner McCrory was to be found in an offside position, but was not interfering with play.
 
Two all and extra time looming.
  • Full Time:
  • Tass Thistle
  • 2-2
  • Fraserburgh Link-Up
It was end to end stuff as each side tried to take advantage of tired legs. Tass Thistle took the lead for the second time from a lobbed ball over the defence for McGuiness to run on to. He effectively lobbed the keeper sending the ball across the goal for a superb finish and what could well have been the winner.

Into the second period of extra time, where Burgh applied the pressure bringing out two outstanding saves from Jackson. The equaliser followed from a corner, which saw a number of players challenge for the ball close to the line. Claims that the keeper was bundled over the line with the ball in his hands fell on deaf ears of the man in the middle and the match was tied at 3-3. Pictures showed the ball was in the keepers hands but not in his control as Drew Masson headed from his gloves. It was very difficult to tell if their was an infringement or not but nothing was going to alter the scoreline as we headed to penalties.

It seemed to take an eternity for the penalties to commence and nerves were obvious amongst the players. Tass’ Marley McGuinness was up first, only to send the ball over the bar much to his dismay. McGuinness was my Player of the Match, so it was hard to imagine how the lad felt.

Drew Masson scored from the spot with ease before Walker’s shot brought out an outstanding save from Sean Smith. Diving to his right, pushing the ball onto the underside of the bar before it bounced back out to safety. McCrory slotted home for Link Up before Smith again saved this time from Jack McWilliams. Up stepped Bailey Simpson with the responsibility of sending the visitors into the next round and that is exactly what he did. A great finish to take the tie.

What a game these lads from Stevenston and Fraserburgh produced. Never a dull moment and a classic cup tie.

Final Result: Final Result: Tass Thistle 3-3 Fraserburgh Link-Up (Fraserburgh won 3-0 on penalties)

Lineups

Tass Thistle
Fraserburgh Link-Up
Jackson
Smith
Madden
Gray
McEwan
Brydon
Gibbons
Lindsay
Higgins
McWilliams
Walker
McGuinness
Thomson
Tulloch
Horn
Grant
Smith
Stott
Cameron
Mair
Watt
Roger
B. Simpson
McCrory
Masson
Gilmartin
Mowat
Dyka
Douglas
Mutch
Stewart
J. Simpson
Star Player
Tass Thistle
Fraserburgh Link-Up
Marley McGuinness for continually driving his team forward in search of Cup success
Bailey Simpson for a cracker of a goal and the winning penalty
Magic Moment
Tass Thistle
Fraserburgh Link-Up
The extra-time goal from Marley McGuiness that Tass hoped had won them the game but to no avail
A super goal from Bailey Simpson that helped his club into the next round
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