Despite the driving rain, Dyce BC met Leith Athletic FC in the Scottish Cup quarter-final at Dyce Astro. In a competitive fixture, it was the Edinburgh-based side who secured their place in the semi-final with a 3-0 win. Thomas Ramage scored two of his team’s goals, with Rhys McMurdo also adding his name to the score sheet.
Leith could not have got off to a better start, pressing from the start through Strathy Mackay who drove the ball into the box. While Dyce tried to clear the danger, Thomas Ramage ran into the box and tapped the ball in from close range to open the scoring in the first minute.
The visitors continued to press, and Ramage drove forward and sent the ball inside to Rhys McMurdo who fired the ball just wide from the edge of the box.
Josh Byres made the first attack for the home side, breaking down the wing and sending the ball into the box from wide to the right but Lewis Owens headed it clear before Robbie Urquhart could run on to it.
Leith were soon on the attack again, and John Ward ran on to a promising ball in the box but it was smothered by Dyce goalkeeper, Harry Cowie.
Kacper Lewecki and Kyle Murphy linked well for Dyce to drive forward but Murphy’s shot from the edge of the box was caught by Leith goalkeeper, Jamie Smith.
The visitors were awarded a free kick twenty-five yards out. Owens sent the ball over the defensive wall but it was pushed over the crossbar by Cowie.
Reis Webster put the ball through to Byres who shot from twenty-eight yards but his shot went just wide.
End-to-end play continued, as Leith threatened again. Ramage shot from twenty yards and wide to the right but Cowie juggled to keep the ball out.
Dyce were looking dangerous again and earned a corner. Lewecki sent the ball into the box where it was headed clear by Ramage. However Byres followed up but his shot from thirty yards struck the crossbar and went over.
Ramage linked well with Ben Murray as they drove forward with some interchanging play. Ramage then put the ball out wide to Cameron Kerr who shot from twenty yards and wide to the right but it was cleared by Dyce’s defence, who were holding well after conceding the early goal.
It was the home side who were to have the last say of the half, with Lewecki running onto the ball and firing it into the box where it was headed clear by Ward. Dyce were awarded the corner and Ethan Walker sent the ball into the box where Webster challenged but it was headed clear by Mark Gibson.