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Simpson seals Motherwell's place in the third round of the cup

Motherwell FC CT 2

Fitton 8', Simpson 77'

Holytown Colts 1

Ward 31'
  • 2-1
  • Saturday, 16 September 2017
  • Muirhouse Football Park
  • Under 14´s
  • Scottish Cup

It was a highly competitive game as Motherwell FC CT hosted Holytown Colts FC in the second round of the Scottish Cup, as both teams looked to ensure their place in the next round.

However, there could only be one and Motherwell came out on top with an extra - time winner from Lewis Simpson which sealed his teams place in the third round.

Motherwell started the strongest of the two sides, taking the lead within the first ten minutes. Simpson, who was at the heart of many of his teams chances, had his initial shot blocked just on the edge of the eighteen - yard box. However, the ball fell invitingly to Ben Fitton, who curled the ball into the far corner from the left of the box.

Motherwell continued their dominance throughout the first - half, enjoying most of possession and creating the better chances. They almost doubled their lead at the half hour mark, when Simpson almost completed an impressive run with a goal, as he strolled past two of the Holytown defenders like they weren't even there.

However, he was matched by Holytown keeper Robin Dingwall who met Simpson on the edge of the box and smothered the ball gratefully.

It was very much a battle of the midfields in the first half, as Motherwell centre - midfielder and captain Kirk McKnight ran the show alongside his partner Nathan Gardner, as the two covered the entire pitch in the first - half alone, acting as the engine for this solid Motherwell side.

However, Holytown forced themselves back into the game just before half - time through a piece of individual brilliance from striker Shaun Ward who had been isolated for much of the first half. The ball fell to Ward from around 25 - yards out, he danced through the challenges of two oncoming Motherwell defenders before smashing the ball into the top right corner.

  • Half Time:
  • Motherwell FC CT
  • 1-1
  • Holytown Colts

The second half was a much more competitive and tense affair. Holytown's late first half equaliser saw them come straight out the blocks as McKnight and Gardener struggled to have the same impact they did in the first - half.

The first chance of the second period came rightfully to Holytown as Alex Zadok put in a ball that was begging to be put in the back of the net.

Unfortunately, nobody was able to get the decisive touch as Motherwell keeper Mack Williamson thankfully saw it fly past the pile of bodies inside his box.

The same chance fell to Motherwell a few moments later, as McKnight fired in a fantastic cross from the left which Dingwall was able to get a strong hand to.

Ward continued to be a powerhouse upfront for Holytown, as the striker shrugged off a challenge from Motherwell defender Robert Conner before firing a shot straight at Williamson who saved it with ease.

As the half came to a close, both teams looked for some inspiration to break the deadlock. Motherwell almost found this when McKnight tried his luck from just inside the Holytown half, causing problems for Dingwall who was forced to make an unexpected save.

 

  • Full Time:
  • Motherwell FC CT
  • 1-1
  • Holytown Colts
The game grew even tighter as it reached extra time, as tired legs began to show with both teams failing to create any clear chances. It was going to take a moment of magic to win this game. Up stepped Motherwell's Lewis Simpson to provide this, as the forward has a shot on his right which ends up in the back of the net despite Dingwall getting a hand to the ball. In the end Motherwell deserved the victory. They showed great composure after Holytown's comeback, never once losing their heads.

Final Result: 2-1

Lineups

Motherwell FC CT
Holytown Colts
1. Mack Williamson
2. Hugo Brown
3. Kyle Irvine
4. Lewis McShane
5. Robert Conner
6. Luke Mitchell
7. Kirk McKnight
8. Nathan Gardner
9. Jamie Belcher
10. Jamie Lindsay
11. Lewis Simpson
12. Jason McCorquodale
14. Nathan Brown
15. Mikey McCrae
19. Ben Fitton
20. Declan McKenzie
1. Robin Dingwall
2. Ross Lines
3. Jay Goode
4. Liam Boyle
5. Lennon Black
6. Scott McCallum
7. Ben Muir
8. Alex Zadok
9. Conor Graham
10. Shaun Ward
11. Cameron Gebbie
14. Matthew Melia
15. Aiden McFadden
16. Jamie Linden
17. Jamie McLaughlin
18. Callum Smyth
Star Player
Motherwell FC CT
Holytown Colts
Lewis Simpson - Who else could it have been? Playing a major part in the first and then getting the second goal himself, Simpson was a constant threat to the Holytown defence with his mazy runs and close control. He got what he deserved for all his hard - work by booking his team's place in the next round of the cup.
Shaun Ward - Despite being starved of chances, Ward still managed to make his mark on the game. He held the ball up well in the first half, allowing his team to get up the park and give his defence a breather. He also showed great composure on the ball, rarely losing it.
Magic Moment
Motherwell FC CT
Holytown Colts
Fraser McKnight's effort from halfway which almost caught out Robin Dingwall was definitely the pick of the bunch.
It didn't get much better than Shaun Ward's goal, the slaloming run which was topped off by a rocket into the top corner could easily be on any goal of the season list.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
Last modified on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 12:02
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