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East End Thistle hosted Wishaw Wycombe in the League. It was a tale of two halves as the home side looked to have all three points in the bag at half time, but a rejuvenated Wycombe had other ideas as the second half kicked off.
Thistle got off to a flyer with an early goal from a corner kick. Jaymi Patterson whipped the ball into the box and Nicholas McGaughinn got on the end of the loose ball to give the home side the lead.
Wycombe looked for a quick response, Lee Hadden hit the bye line and played a low driven ball across goal but there were no takers.
Thistle grabbed a second after a quickly worked throw in. Ethan Copeland flicked it into Liam Doherty’s path, who tucked the ball into the near corner.
Wycombe had there best chance of the game, Bruce played Browning through on goal, but his shot clipped the top of the bar.
Browning had a great chance to pull one back for the visitors but he lost his composure, he only had the keeper to beat, but he blazed the ball high and wide of the target.
East End grabbed their third of the day, a terrific solo effort from Ross Smith as he coasted by the Wycombe players before passing it into the far corner.
Another Wishaw chance was wasted when Jordan Carey got himself into a forward position but his shot was wide of the far post.
Strathaven Dynamos U17s strolled to a 6-0 victory over Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers in this LFDA B League fixture. A hat-trick from Calum Hymas and goals from Jack Donald, Connor Anderson and Stewart Scott sent the home side on their way to an easy win.
The opening exchanges of the match were closely fought and Kyle Johnson had a good early chance for Strathaven, but could only find the side netting.
Gerald Kane nearly latched onto a short back pass from Gregor Mitchell but Ross Dyet was well off his line to prevent the striker capitalising on the error, before Lewis McDonald had two shots fly wide of the target.
Jack Donald’s pace was troubling the Wishaw defence early on, and he forced two good saves from keeper James Quinn.
Strathaven took the lead in the 16th minute after a high free kick found Mitchell in the box. Where it seemed harder to miss, he sent his shot backwards but David Cameron was on hand to lay off Hymas, who’s delightful shot nestled in the top corner of the net.
Strathaven kicked on from their goal and doubled their advantage soon after through Donald, who scored at the second attempt after seeing his initial shot parried by Quinn.
The second goal seemed to open the game up, and Kane spurned several good chances for Wishaw in quick succession before Connor Anderson struck the crossbar with a curling effort from the edge of the box.
McDonald sent another shot past the post, but Mitchell and Danny Crawshaw defended resolutely and seen that Strathaven went into half-time two goals to the good.
Dalziel Boys Club were 2-1 victors over Jerviston Boys Club in this closely-fought U17s fixture. Ben Meighan had given Jerviston an early lead, but goals from Enrico Jannetta and Christopher Reid secured the victory for the home side.
Jerviston headed to Daisy Park with hope of avenging a 4-1 defeat to Dalziel earlier in the season. They started the brighter side by winning a succession of corners and free kicks near the Dalziel goal which were well defended. Jerviston saw the majority of the ball in the opening exchanges and had two strong claims for handball on right back Marc Hobson turned down. Hobson was shown a harsh yellow card by the referee for a mistimed challenge soon after. Adam Barton snatched at a rare chance for Dalziel, putting a strong shot over the bar after being laid off by Christopher Reid.
Ben Meighan gave Jerviston the lead in the 16th minute after a fine run and cutback from Joshua Bell, sliding a composed finish underneath Fraser Wright with the first real chance of the game. Meighan continued his fine first half performance by holding the ball up and bringing his team-mates into play, and combined neatly with Declan McAuley only for the final shot to be dragged wide of the target. Aidan Allan and Adam Greer were so far dealing with everything coming at them, including blocking a goal-bound shot from Barton to prevent Daziel levelling the game.
However, the equaliser came just five minutes before half-time, with Scott Livingstone and Matthew McCulloch linking up to find Enrico Jannetta at the edge of the box. His deflected strike found the bottom left corner of the goal. Jerviston should have regained the lead just before the break after Mark O’Rourke missed a close range header, but the sides reached half time with the score at one apiece.
Ross County came to the Oriam with high spirits, but Hibs looked to get the job done early, a lot of missed chances for the hosts gave time for the visitors to settle.
It did not take long for the teams to start challenging the goalkeepers and defense, Russel Dingwall had the first attempt on target after five minutes that forced a good block by Innis Murray in the Hibs midfield. Hibs were getting the ball out wide a lot in the first half which caused problems in the Ross County penalty area, Hibs were pressing very high and piling the pressure on Ross County early on.
Ross County looked dangerous on the counter attack trying to catch Hibs out, this forced Hibs to make several fouls during the match. The first free kick was given mid-way into the hosts half. Ross County had a good chance to get the ball into the Hibs area. Dylan Dykes played an inviting cross into the penalty area but the referee blew for a free kick.
A lovely switch of play from Blair Malcolm allowed Ross County to get up the pitch, Christopher Mclaughlin picked up the ball mid-way into Hibs half, he had a shot at goal but it sailed over the bar. Hibs started getting the ball out wide again putting more pressure on County and won their first corner of the game after about 20 minutes. Murray played a good ball in but everyone missed, Jamie Gullan chased after the ball and won another corner. Murray played another good ball in but Ross County cleared their lines.
Hibs trialist Enzo Reale adapted very quickly to the game and he had his first shot of the game that forced a brilliant block from Sam Morrison, the ball went back up in the air and Lewis Allan tried an overhead kick that came to nothing.
Ross County won a free kick in a very good position 25 minutes into the game, Dykes and McLaughlin were standing over it, a well hit free kick from Mclaughlin just missed the target. Nothing was to separate the sides after 25 minutes.
Hibs were trying to get Reale on the ball and it looked he was causing County lots of problems when he got his chances. He played a brilliant through ball into the path of Oli Shaw who went down appealing for a penalty but nothing was given. Gullan hit the first shot to make the keeper do some work, he didn't get much connection on it and it rolled into Mark Foden's hands. Dingwall had a good opportunity blocked which went on to deflect off Ryan Porteous for a corner, a tactical corner was floated in to an unmarked Ross MacIver who failed to get the volley on target.
Hibs had a good opportunity 10 minutes before the interval, Gullan played a good ball in and Oli Shaw's side foot volley was deflected out for a corner. Sean Mackie was running down the left side a lot during the first half, getting the better of Blair Malcolm often and he played a brilliant ball into the box that found Shaw who's shot was cleared off the line. Shaw had another good chance just before half time where he got the better of the center backs using his pace and strength and he was let down by his shot that went wide.
Minutes later Helensburgh's efforts paid off with McArthur's second goal of the day, in the 22nd minute. McArthur's shot flew past Loch Lomond's Devin Koroma making the score 2-0. That’s how it remained up until half time.
It took a stunning Rob Black penalty save to finally separate Burnhead Colts and Finnart AFC after a breathless League Cup final.
Headers from Burnhead’s Dylan Wilson and Michael Sweeney, late in each half, forced the game into extra time, and eventually penalties, following early strikes from Finnart’s Adam Benelkaied and Jack Mcilveen, which had put the boys, in bright pink, in a commanding position.
The first was a superb counter-attack; striker Mcilveen held the ball up well, finding Connor Mckenzie who played a lovely first time pass to Benelkaied on the edge of the box. A delightful turn saw him evade his marker and from there he made no mistake as he fired low past the helpless Black in the Burnhead goal.
It was no less than Finnart’s early dominance deserved; they were first to every loose ball in the middle of the park and they showed some delightful touches in and around the Burnhead box. Benelkaied almost doubled his tally for the match following some lovely link-up play between Mcilveen and Martin Scanlan, but when the ball found its way to him, six yards out, his effort was deflected behind for a corner.
But Finnart weren’t to be denied for long. A few minutes later some unselfish play from Scanlan saw him elect to square the ball across the face of goal when in shooting range. His pass found the unmarked Mcilveen who couldn’t miss from six yards out.
It seemed as though it was going to be a long afternoon for Burnhead, who had yet to have much of an impact on the game. However, their first opportunity at goal a few moments after Finnart’s second – Alistair Dewar forcing a good save out of keeper Paul Monaghan when played through on goal – seemed to spark them into life as they began to gain more and more of a foothold in the match.
Their efforts were rewarded five minutes before half time when an in-swinging Lewis Murdoch cross, from the left hand side, was glanced home off the head of Wilson, leaving the game finely poised heading into the interval.