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Westdyke into quarter finals with home win

Westdyke CC 4

Buchan 10, 40, 87, Findlay 70

Mill United 3

Gaffney 32, 35, Garrett 55
  • 4-3 after extra time

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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Two sides that had superb league campaigns both in the Aberdeen and Lanarkshire leagues went head to head at Lawsondale for a place in the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup, where Edinburgh side Musselburgh Windsor lied in wait.

Westdyke started the game the brighter team and had the more clear cut openings. Connor Napier had a tame effort denied by Steven Vincent in the visiting goal and Jake Buirds had a shot saved by Vincent.

The hosts took the lead in the 10th minute, an effort from Napier was denied by Vincent however Andrew Buchan guided the ball home from close range to give last years Under 13s ADJFA champions a great start.

Myles Gaffney was a real handful up front for Mill United and he knocked an effort just wide after being released through on goal. It ended up being a really good end to end Scottish Cup tie, however there was still a long way to go.

Buchan then tried to get his second of the game after a Luke Renforth shot, which had been saved by Vincent, rolled into the feet of Buchan however unfortunately for himself and Westdyke, his effort hit the side netting with the net wide open.

Mill United levelled just before half time, a ball came in from Josh Findlay which was met by Myles Gaffney who was free in space who volleyed home a fine finish from six yards out past Marc O'Donnell. The keeper might be a relatively small height for a goalkeeper however he was having a good game.

The second half blew with Mill United going on the ascendency to try and put themselves in front for the first time in the game, the ball came back to O'Donnell whose attempt to kick the ball out of his danger area was blocked by Gaffney who gambled the situation and his efforts worked after he blocked the goalkeepers kick out and the ball flew in.

Westdyke knew they had to kick back and five minutes after the central belt side went in front, the Aberdeenshire outfit levelled things up, Andrew Buchan received the ball and he rounded Vincent before finding the net with a first time effort.

Mill United went ahead again with 15 minutes of normal time to play after Gaffney saw a shot saved by O'Donnell towards Adam Garrett who fired home for the visitors. The away side were threatening going forward and made it very hard for the Westdyke defence.

Mill United kept the high tempo going and they felt very aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty after the 3rd goal with Gaffney brought down in the penalty area however play was resumed and the referee disputed any claims.

Renford was having a good game for Westdyke and deserved to get himself on the score sheet, he nearly did just that with minutes counting down on the clock for normal time however a great effort on goal just dipped wide of the Mill United goal.

It looked as although Mill United was taking the long journey back down the road with a place in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup, but Westdyke had other ideas. A great ball in by Buchan was met by Tom Findlay who guided home a fine header to level things up and another 20 minutes of football was to follow. This was in the final minute of regulation time before a few extra minutes of stoppage time from the referee.

During normal time, there was a lot of hasty tackles getting flown in by either team and the same was to follow in extra time with the 20 minute period being on a tepid note for both teams with very little activity. There was very little note in the first half and Mill United had a great chance through a Kai McKenzie which was denied by a good diving save from Marc O'Donnell. It looked goal bound however the keeper did enough not only to deny the ball reaching the back of the net, but also to keep both hands on the ball. Westdyke went ahead in the 87th minute and it proved to be a the decisive goal. A great delivery was sent in which was met by Andrew Buchan who knocked the ball in. There was claims for offside however once again this was disputed by the referee who had to be put on the spot on more than a few occasions this afternoon. Things got a bit high towards the end however understandable considering the game of football that the crowd of spectators had just went and noticed. The three Scottish Cup game in the North region had all recorded decent crowds and this game shows that both sets of players have a bright future in the game. Westdyke will obviously be delighted to come away with victory and they will now face Musselburgh at home in a fortnight. Mill United can feel aggrieved not to come away with anything and it will be a long journey back down south for them however regardless, they have plenty of positives to take away from the game. Steven Vincent will be unhappy his calls for offside were disputed however you can’t fault the young goalkeeper, he had some superb saves for United.

Final Result: 4-3 after extra time


Westdyke CC
Mill United
1. Marc O'Donnell
6. Andrew Buchan
7. Jake Buirds
14. Neil Campbell
10. Scott Coull
11. Lewis Dalgarno
4. Joe Davison
2. Josh Henderson
12. Tom Findlay
5. James McQuaker
17. Connor Napier
9. Ryan Park
15. Leo Rataj
18. Luke Renforth
16. Jacob Taylor
1. Steven Vincent
2. Cole Curtis
3. Findlay Robertson
4. Arran Miller
5. Myles Gaffney
6. Kyle Paterson
7. Adam Garrett
8. Declan McAteer
9. Josh Findlay
10. Charlie Tait
11. Kai McGrillen
12. Layton Gillen
14. Sean Carroll
16. Jamie Hamilton
19. Kai McKenzie
Star Player
Westdyke CC
Mill United
Andrew Buchan - Andrew had a great afternoon with a hat-trick & an assist.
Myles Gaffney - The tall striker scored 2 goals & was a real threat for Westdyke. Stevie Vincent in goals for the visitors was decent as well.
Magic Moment
Westdyke CC
Mill United
Andrew Buchan's cross which was met by Tom Findlay before going in.
Myles Gaffneys 1st goal through the volley. A fine finish.

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