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Kilmarnock Academy make Scottish Cup progress on penalties

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Cree, Black

Douglas Ewart High School 2

Jolly, McDonald
  • Final Result: Kilmarnock Academy 2-2 Douglas Ewart High School (Kilmarnock Academy win 4-2 on penalties)
  • Thursday, 28 November 2013
  • Grange Academy AstroTurf
  • Under 18´s
  • SSFA Shield - R3

Kyle Brown | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Kilmarnock Academy clashed with South West Region Rivals Douglas Ewart High School in a thrilling Scottish Schools FA Shield Third Round match. Fine goals, a red card, handbags and more, it was a pleasure that I had stayed to spectate the game. 
The game was being held at the Grange Academy in Kilmarnock as the Kilmanock Academy have no 3G AstroTurf of their own. The game certainly could not have went ahead had the game been forced to be played on grass - sensibly the venue was switched so as not to risk it for the visitors travelling North from Dumfries. 
The visitors started the better side. Robert Hughan had a half chance on the hour mark, but his steered volley was always on the rise. The same player was then almost gifted a goal when he was presented the ball thirty yards out with the opposing keeper Craig Spiers out of his goal. Hughan's effort however just didn't have the legs to squirm past Spiers and he gathered comfortably. 
The Kilmarnock Academy made them pay. Spiers through the ball out to Ross Black, and after a neat interchange, the former Ayr United central midfielder sent a superb through ball for Matthew Cree to sprint onto at pace. The winger made no problem of dispatching the ball beyond Douglas Ewart keeper Euan Drysdale for 1-0, against the run of play it must be said.  
For the next ten or so minutes, the game became a total midfield battle. However, on the twenty-five minute mark the home side, playing in a light maroon rather than the usual red and black which clashed with the visitors, should have been 2-0 up. It was great work from Fraser Smith (reverted back to his old central midfield position) and he put the ball on a tee for Tony Murphy to tap in, but incredibly he screwed his effort over. 
The good link up play did give the Kilmarnock Academy a huge boost though, and they did start putting intense pressure on the opposing defence. Smith tried his luck from distance, his dip-and-spin shot was moving set from Drysdale but he made a smart stop nonetheless. 
From there, Corey Ross almost thought he had gotten a goal. In a rare venture forward from the left back position he had made his own, he squeezed the ball beyond a crowded penalty area and the ball was trickling towards the back of the  net. However, in just the nick of time Ryan Jackson slid the ball away off of the line. 
The home side were not to be denied though. After a ricochet around the area following a long ball , the ball dropped nicely for Black who dispatched the ball home for 2-0 with less than four minutes left of the first half.
The Kilmanock Academy were on total control at this point, and they should not have started conceding chances with so little time left on the clock. However, that is precisely what happened. A wild air kick from my mate Darryl Biggley allowed Conal McDonald a run in on goal, but the captain put his effort high and wide when he should have at the very least made the keeper work. However, Douglas Ewart did not have to be asked twice to dispatch a second gift wrapped chance. A free kick was given to the away side on the edge of the box. Hughan curled the ball onto the cross bar with a magnificent effort. With the defence completely static, Martin Jolly headed home from the rebound to make it 2-1 on the stroke of half time. 
  • Half Time:
  • Kilmarnock Academy
  • 2-0
  • Douglas Ewart High School
Douglas Ewart had gotten themselves right back in the game at precisely the right time. A goal on the stroke of half time changes the complex of everything you play for tactically for the second half: they had done half the battle, could they now go on and get the second goal to tie the game? Go on and win perhaps? Or could the Kilmarnock Academy go out and knock a few more goals in? It was all open, and both sides had it all to play for. 
The home side started the brighter. Corey Ross almost squeezed a shot home (again) but this time the ball just went wide. Smith then produced Drysdale into a fantastic save: the big goalie acrobatically got a fingertip to the ball to send it on to the crossbar and over. 
From there, the home side played it safer. They moved the ball around well, but did not mount a meaningful attack. This bought them a lot of time.
With less than fifteen minutes of the second half, Douglas Ewart finally created an opener. And it was a great chance to equalise. Hughan was played one on one with Spiers: the striker had used his pace well to get in behind the back line but the goalkeeper stood his ground and make himself big, and he came out on top. 
The game changed its outlook again. Frustration started to came out from both sides and bookings came fast. Then a red came out. Hughan had been great all night, but he rashly lunged in dangerously on Corey Ross, leaving the referee no choice but to send him off. 
Sometimes - most of the time - a red card usually kills off a team's momentum, and demoralises them. However, there are times when it will spur a ten man team on.  Fortunately for the Dumfries and Galloway school, the latter was what happened.
Deep into added time, a corner came in from the right. Captain Conal McDonald got in front of his marker to glance a great header into the far post corner for 2-2. A great come back completed in the nick of time: we were heading to penalties.
  • Full Time:
  • Kilmarnock Academy
  • 2-2
  • Douglas Ewart High School
Kilmarnock Academy looked more confident for taking the actual spot kicks, and they are a team of guys that I know play well under pressure? They were favourites here, could they prevail?

Just as I was looking to video the first Douglas Ewart penalty taker, there didn't seem to be one. But no, Euan Drysdale stepped up. No one complained though, he scored. Captain Joe Pattie then stepped up, and he lead by example, sending a great penalty right into the bottom corner.

Tony Phillips and Lewis Dawson both held there nerve in the second round. Scorer of the first Martin Jolly stepped up, and his down the middle penalty was saved easily by Spiers. Fraser Smith put the home side up 3-2.

McDonald stepped up and put it over the bar.

The pressure was with Ross Black. He had assisted, scored and put in a general display of excellence throughout the game. Could he score he winning penalty and send his school into round three? Of course he could, sending the ball to the right and Drysdale to the left.

A very nitty gritty game. A draw was probably a fair result, but I think the slightly better side on today's match. I wish both sides the best of luck for the future.

Final Result: Final Result: Kilmarnock Academy 2-2 Douglas Ewart High School (Kilmarnock Academy win 4-2 on penalties)


Kilmarnock Academy
Douglas Ewart High School

1. Craig Spiers
4. Joe Pattie(c)
5. Darryl Biggley 
12. Ross Allan
3. Corey Ross
7. Fraser Smith
10. Ross Black
11. Matthew Cree
16.Jason Phillips
6. Jordan Muir
9. Tony Murphy

1. Euan Drysdale
3. Kyle Marshall
9- Robert Hughan
4. Calum MacDonald
2. Ryan Jackson
4. Lewis Dawson
11. Ben White
6. Conal McDonald (c)
10. Martin Jolly
12. Rory Drysdale
8. Liam Kelly
7. Aaron Maguire
14. Kit Wright
15. Greg Cowan
16. Andrew Burnett
17. Aaron Walker

Star Player
Kilmarnock Academy
Douglas Ewart High School
Ross Black. 10/10. An assist, a goal and the winning penalty taker. What could go better?
Conal McDonald. The captain was unlucky to be on the losing side. He was the man rallying the side at half time, and brought it back level with a great header.
Magic Moment
Kilmarnock Academy
Douglas Ewart High School
The winning penalty was great to see them all celebrating the victory that was snatched from them just as normal time was ending.
The equaliser. Great header, and great to see the reactions of the Douglas Ewart players knowing they were back level.
Club Views
Kilmarnock Academy
Douglas Ewart High School
Joe Pattie, Kilmarnock Academy captain, said:

"We weren't really at our best today. I think we would have won more comfortably if we were. However, me and all the boys are looking forward to the next round."
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