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Buddies march on with hard fought win

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Stenhousemuir FC
St Mirren FC
Love 80
Hughes 76
Fulton 112, 119

(After extra time)


U20 SFA Youth Cup - R3
Ochilview, Stenhousemuir


By Greig Robertson
YFS Central Region Reporter
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St Mirren advanced to the next round of the Scottish Youth Cup with a 3-1 win over Stenhousemuir.   A double from Michael Fulton and a goal from Declan Hughes cancelled out Stuart Love's finish in what was a very competitive fixture, with Buddies Management team of Danny Lennon and Tommy Craig in attendance.   The game started very quickly with both teams being equally competitive.  

Stenhousemuir were competing well against St Mirren and were awarded a penalty on the tenth minute after a shirt pull in the box was spotted by the referee.   Stuart Love stepped up to try and convert the spot kick, but Saint's keeper Kieran Hughes was able to save the spot kick.  

The match then went quite for a brief spell until Saints striker Jack Smith got on the end of a volleyed cross from Anton Brady, but Stenhousemuir's keeper Dean Shaw pulled off a good save to deny the Buddies striker.   St Mirren got into the swing of things and created another chance through Smith, this time he latched onto a flick on from Anton Brady before trying to place his shot into the bottom right hand corner, but the keeper was able to pull off a comfortable save.  

Moments later, midfielder John McGinn fired a long range shot from 40 yards after seeing the keeper off his line, but the ball just went over and St Mirren were still unable to score.   Buddies full-back Ross Meechan blasted a shot from 25 yards straight at the keeper, but the Warriors keeper Dean Shaw was equal to the shot.   despite St Mirren's numerous chances, they were unable to find the net and the scores remaind 0-0 at half-time.  

Half Time: Stenhousemuir 0-0 St Mirren FC

The second half began with pace with St Mirren winning an early free-kick, Anton Brady's ball in was met by Ross Meechan, but he headed over from 6 yards.   St Mirren threatened again after a cross from Jack Smith hit off the cross bar, before Ross Meechan latched onto the rebound and hit wide.  

St Mirren were unable to score once more as a shot from Graeme McGregor deflected of his own player and went wide for a goal-kick.   Again St Mirren could not find the net when Mo Yaqub's through ball found Lewis McLear, he lobbed the ball over the keeper and saw his chance bounce wide.   St Mirren had a strong penalty shout when Jack Smith had his shirt pulled by Warriors centre half Charles Docherty, but the referee told Smith to get on his feet and saw nothing in the claim.  

The Buddies were denied again after a good touch from Jack Smith got him onto his right foot, but Dean Shaw was able to save the chance despite the fact he slightly spilled it.   Stenhousemuir so nearly took the lead against the run of play when a free-kick from Kieran Anderson was headed off the post Charles Docherty.   St Mirren were finally rewarded on the 76th minute after Declan Hughes headed home after a great cross from Jack Smith to make it 1-0 St Mirren.  

Stenhousemuir equalised shortly after against the run of play when Stuart Love latched onto the through ball and slotted home from close range for 1-1.  

Dean Shaw was the saviour again for Stenhousemuir as he stopped the ball from crossing the line after a header from Mark Williams.   St Mirren could have claimed the win late on when Michael Fulton latched onto a through ball from John McGinn before his shot was again saved by Dean Shaw.   

Again the teams were unable to be seperated, so the clash would go into extra-time              

Full Time: Stenhousemuir FC 1-1 St Mirren FC

Into extra-time and St Mirren picked up from were they left of with Jack Smith's cross finding the head of Michael Fulton, but substitute Jon Scullion was unable to get on the end of the header.   Michael Fulton was involved yet again as his right footed effort was well saved again by Dean Shaw.   Another lacklustre period ended, with another to go before penalties.

St Mirren started the second half of extra time well with an early chance from Michael Fulton.   The big striker got on the end of a Jack Smith cross, but he hit his volley over from inside the box.  

St Mirren regained the lead when Jack Smith's cross found Michael Fulton, who's initial effort was saved and lofted into the air, but the big striker slotted home the rebound into the empty net to make 2-1 to the Buddies.   St Mirren could have made it 3-1 when Anton Brady's cross from the left was headed towards goal by Jack Smith, but the keeper was able to save comfortably again.  

St Mirren rounded off their win in style with a second from Michael Fulton.   The big striker got on the end of a through ball from Jon Scullion and placed his shot into the top right hand corner for 3-1.    

Michael Fulton had a great chance to get his hat-trick after rounding the goalkeeper before dribbling the ball towards goal, but somehow hit the side netting with a gapping goal.   

St Mirren progress to the last sixteen, whereas Stenhousemuir can be proud of their valiant effort against full time opposition.

Final Result: Stenhousemuir FC 1-3 St Mirren FC (AET)

Stenhousemuir FC St Mirren FC
1. Dean Shaw
2. Robbie Duncan
3. Alan Lawson
4. Charles Docherty
5. Jamie O'Grady
6. Ciaran Summers
7. Kieran Anderson
8. Jack Taylor
9. Stuart Love
10. Andrew Thomson
11. Greg Stewart
12. Scott Brown 
15. Damian Hepburn
16. Sean Armstrong

1. Kieran Hughes 
2. Ross Meechan
3. Mo Yaqub
4. John McGinn
5. Jordan Holt
6. Mark Williams
7. Graeme McGregor
8. Adam Brown
9. Jack Smith
10. Anton Brady
11. Lewis McLear
12. Michael Fulton
14. Declan Hughes
15. Jon Scullion
16. Brian Coyle
17. Garry Whyte
Dean Shaw pulled off some great saves and did well to keep his team in the tie.
Jack Smith was instrumental in alot of attacks and was involved in a few of the goals, and every attack went through him also.
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