Kilsyth Athletic emerged victorious on penalties against Banks O'Dee Albion to progress to the Quarter Final of this year's Under 15 inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup.
Penalties were forced to decide the tie after the sides could not be separated in normal time as the game finished 3-3. Jamie Connelly scored the opener before a Joseph Bevan double had the home side 3-0 with half an hour left to play. However, Albion fought back with goals from Conor Sibson, Liam May and Elliot Brodie which brought the sides level to take the game to extra time.
Nonetheless, extra time still could not split the two teams. Joseph Bevan restored the Kilsyth lead with nothing short of a wonder goal, but amongst the celebrations, Liam Hogg was shown a second yellow card. Yet again, Albion came back and with two quickfire goals from Ryan Fraser and Bailey Milne and had their first lead in the game in extra time. On the stroke of half time, Kilsyth were reduced to nine men as Ciaran Clark was sent-off for a late challenge. But Louis Campbell, with moments left, nodded home from a corner to force penalty kicks.
Aiden Conway produced three great saves in the shootout for Kilsyth and sent the home side through to the Quarter Final to conclude an enthralling cup tie.
Kilsyth started the game on the front foot and their pressure paid off with 17 minutes on the clock. Robert Lang advanced with the ball on the left-hand side and found himself inside the Banks O'Dee Albion half before making a cross-field ball which found Jamie Connelly, who brought the ball down on the edge of the box and shifted the ball onto his right foot before smashing a shot into Archie Mackay's far corner.
Kilsyth continued to press and were unlucky not to double their lead when Joseph Bevan collected the ball on the right wing as Albion failed to clear a corner. Bevan whipped a ball across goal which Kirk Marshall just couldn't turn goalward.
But with just four minutes to go in the half, Kilsyth had a second goal. Again, Lang started the passage of play on the left and again played the same cross-field pass for Jamie Connelly. This time the midfielder had the intelligence to head the ball down the right-hand side for Bevan who cut back inside and from just outside the penalty area, unleashed an unstoppable shot into the bottom left corner.