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Penalty pain for Vics as victiorious Row march on

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  • Final Result: Harmony Row 0-0 Newcraighall Leith Vics (Harmony Row win 4-2 on penalties)
  • Thursday, 02 January 2014
  • Sir Alex Ferguson Park
  • Under 13´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup - Quarter Final
Extra time and penalties were needed to decide who would go through to the quater-finals of the Scottish Youth FA Cup in today's passionately contested game between Harmony Row and Newcraighall Leith Vics at a drenched Sir Alex Ferguson Park. Both teams battled hard in a game which was mostly played in the middle of the pitch and after a goalless extra time period, it was Harmony Row who went through to the next round winning 4-2 on penalties.
It was Newcraighall who got the game underway and they got the ball rolling with some early pressure, trying to force the issue. The away side were then awarded a free kick, John Robertson took the set piece which made its way to the row keeper Ross Kane who only cleared it into the box where a scramble in the box and then the ball found the feet of a Newcraighall player who blasted the ball over the bar. 
Newcraighall's decent spell continued when they demonstrated some nice passing to create a chance which saw Finlay Connor get his head onto the end of a cross but the ball found the keepers hand. The visitors then had another chance when they were awarded a free kick which saw Arran Bathgate had a shot at goal but the strong Row keeper saved it.
It was a game which would have left both teams strikers frustrated as the two sets of defenders had a very good day at the office, staying strong and dealing with any danger.
It was Newcraighall who had the last chance of the half when they found themselves with a tantalising opportunity when they won a corner. The corner was floated in and found the head of John Robertson who's header beat the diving keeper but was unlucky to see the ball rebound off the post and at that the referee blew the whistle.        
  • Half Time:
  • Harmony Row
  • 0-0
  • Newcraighall Leith Vics
Harmony Row restarted the game after the break but the first chance of the second half came to Newcraighall. A ball from a free kick was played right on top of he Harmony Row goalkeeper, forcing him to react well to keep the ball out. 
The away team then had another flurry of chances in quick succession. Most notably when John Robertson, Yrick Gallantvis and Louis Flucker all had their own opportunities to open the scoring, but on each occasion they couldn't find the target.
Harmony Row responded however when Jamie Boyle had a shot from an imposable angle which went just wide. It wasn't too much longer when the home side found another chance in the form of a long shot from outside the box by Kai Cook which forced the Leith Vics keeper Tyler McGee into a smart save.
Newcraighall ended regulation time with a spell of pressure which saw Arran Bathgate's headed effort go just wide of the woodwork and also saw Kerr Milne's sliding shot end up in the hands of the goalkeeper.
The referee's whistle saw the first 70 minutes come to an end and paved the way for two additional periods of 10 minutes.
  • Full Time:
  • Harmony Row
  • 0-0
  • Newcraighall Leith Vics

Extra time got under way with Vics kicking off but the first real chance of the additional period fell to Row when a wonderfully worked corner routine allowed Kai Cook to have a free shot. The effort was blocked and deflected to Matthew McDowell whose shot beat the keeper but was scrambled off the line by the Vics defender.

It would be moments later when the visitors had their own wonderful chance as James Smith appeared to have worked space for a clear shot, but his effort couldn’t find the back of the net.

Harmony Row restarted the game and it wasn't long until they had another chance to score the all important goal when Alistair Goodnight found himself through on goal one on one with the keeper, his shot was well hit but the out rushing keeper did enough to put the striker off and see the ball bobble past the post. It was balanced for the final time when James Smith saw his last minute shot saved but the Row keeper.

The only way to settle the tie now was penalties. Harmony's Kian Shannon stepped up first and scored, Leith Vics Arran Bathgate scored to level, Row’s Kia Cook was next to find the net from the spot, as was Leith's Kerr Milne. Harmony Row’s Josh Husband and Alistair Goodnight both scored at their turns but unfortunately for Newcraighall their next two spot kicks couldn’t be converted, with Ross Kane making a vital save.

This meant that Harmony Row go through to the semi final stage, winning 4-2 on penalties.

Final Result: Final Result: Harmony Row 0-0 Newcraighall Leith Vics (Harmony Row win 4-2 on penalties)


Harmony Row
Newcraighall Leith Vics

1. Ross Kane
2. Paul Welsh
3. Jay Mack
4. Josh Husband
5. Cameron Stuart
6. Cameron Cark
7. Connor Elliot
8. Alistair Goodnight
9. Matthew McDowell
10. Jamie Boyle
11. Adain Lyons
12. Kai Cook
13. Ben Slater
14. Kian Shannon

1.Taylor McGee 
2. Josh Sharkey
4.Joseph McGinty 
5. Arron Bathgate
6. Finlay Connor
7. Jordan Daily
8. Louis Flucker
9. Yrick Gallanters
10. John Robertson
11. Sean Ward
12. James Smith
14. Colin McKinnon
15. Kerr Milne
17. Mark Tenant
18. Andrew McKay
21. Adam Taylor

Star Player
Harmony Row
Newcraighall Leith Vics
Ross Kane was strong between the sticks and made some good saves to keep his team in it and saved the decisive penalty.
John Robertson created good chances, strong on the ball and was involved in all good play and looked to threat from the outset.
Magic Moment
Harmony Row
Newcraighall Leith Vics
The penalty save to make them win the game, a diving save to a strong penalty saw Harmony Row into the next round.
The performance of captain John Robertson, leading by example.
Club Views
Harmony Row
Newcraighall Leith Vics
Harmony Row coach said "It was a great game, it was enjoyable. They were probably stronger than us but our extra fitness paid off."
Andy Coventry, Newcraighall coach said "We are disappointed, didn't take our chances which you have to do at any level."
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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