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Tower progress after tricky Wanderers test

Tower Hearts 5

Boyd(3), Little, Barbour

Wishaw Wycombe W'derers 3

Richardson 2, Moir
  • Saturday, 01 November 2014
  • Toryglen Football Centre
  • Under 21´s
  • LSK West of Scotland Cup

Forde McGhee | YFS West Region Journalist
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When you hear that the team top of the premier league is taking on a second division team in the cup you think the game is only going one way and is going to be a run around but that was far from the case when Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers traveled to Toryglen to take on the high flying Tower Hearts. Tower ran out 5-2 winners in the end but the match was close for most of the game and Wishaw never gave up hope showing great fighting spirit.
 
Throughout the game the Wishaw defence frustrated Tower and this was evident in the first fifteen minutes when a great ball across goal saw Kyle Gallacher fire into the side netting then moments later Mark Little's free kick was deflected towards goal but the Wishaw keeper managed to tip over.
 
It wasn't long though before the home side eventually broke the deadlock when a great corner from the right hand side was knocked into the back of the net by Mark Little.
 
The host's nearly doubled their lead when Graham Boyd leaped above all defenders and powered a header towards goal from a well worked free kick but the big Tower number 9's effort was just inch's over the bar.
 
Wishaw pulled a goal back with ten minutes to go when JordanWelsh shot screwed across goal into the feet of Kyle Richardson who tapped in at the back post.
 
Before half time there was a flurry of chances and it was the visitors who capitalized when Kyle Richardson grabbed his second and send his team in with a suprise 2-1 lead
  • Half Time:
  • Tower Hearts
  • 1-2
  • Wishaw Wycombe W'derers
The second half started off with a little slower of a tempo but it was not long before it picked up again and both side started to get in to their own style of play.
 
It wasn't long in to the second half before the goals started firing in, firstly when Mark Little showed amazing pace to beat his marker and then done well to lift his head up and feed Graham Boyd who fired home to make it 2-2 to the home side. However that didn't last long as a goal from Jamie Moir gave the away side the lead again.
 
Again the brave defending from Wishaw continued to frustrate a Tower side who were creating tons of great chances but none paying off, Gary Craig smashed the bar after Fraser Barbour picked him out on the edge of the area.
 
Graham Boyd was alowwed time in the box for the first time in the game and the big Tower forward made the visitors pay as he smashed the ball low and hard into the back of the net to again give again level the scoring
 
Kyle Gallagher thought he added a fourth for Tower when his curling shot was heading towards goal but spun narrowly wide of the post to Gallaghers disbelief.
 
There was a bit of confussion for Towers fourth goal when skipper Jonathan Allan whipped a ball into the box and it ended up in the back of the net with both Allan and Boyd, who was on a hat trick claiming the goal. For this goal I think I will give the striker the benefit if the doubt and award him the goal to complete his hat trick and make the scoreline read 4-3.
 
Both sides made a lot of changes towards the end of the game trying to keep players on the park fresh but for Tower's fifth and final goal it was a player who had played the whole game who showed great fitness to run the length off the park as Fraser Barbour bombed forward from left back and his rather tame shot from the edge of the box was fumbled home by the keeper and that booked his sides place in the next round of the tournament
  • Full Time:
  • Tower Hearts
  • 5-3
  • Wishaw Wycombe W'derers

Lineups

Tower Hearts
Wishaw Wycombe W'derers

1. Daryll Jones 2. Fraser Barbour 3. Matthew King 4. Rhys Donaldson 5. Calum Nolan 6. Mark Scott 7. Kyle Gallacher 8. Jonathan Allan 9. Graham Boyd 10. Mark Little 11. Gary Craig 12. Thomas McLeary 14. Darren Lamont 15. Gary Nugent   17. Darren Jones

1. Kevin McGhee 2. Kyle Richardson 3. Darren Reid 4.Derri Brown 5. Cameron Stevenson 6. Steven Green  8. James Bryson 9. Billy Tweedie 10. Jordan Welsh 12. Jamie Moir 14.Michael Dallas  16.Dean Smith 17. Lee Ballantyne

Star Player
Tower Hearts
Wishaw Wycombe W'derers
Graham Boyd takes my star player on the day, he was involved in most attacks along with Mark Little and grabbed himself a very highly debated hat trick.
Kyle Richardson worked hard and always looked dangerous for Wishaw.
Magic Moment
Tower Hearts
Wishaw Wycombe W'derers
Fraser Barbour's brilliant run from right back to finish the game of and make it 5-3.
The away side's defensive disincline for most of the game was my magic moment
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