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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.
Pro Football Academy continued their impressive start to the season, making it three wins out of four games as star striker Connor Swan led his team in a dominant display against Kirkwood.
Pro Football Academy started the stronger of the two sides, as they piled the pressure on the Kirkwood defence. They took the lead in the first ten minutes as centre back Cian Murphy played a straight ball from the half way line which sliced open the Kirkwood defence, allowing Barry Lee Rowlands to break through on goal and put the ball past the Kirkwood keeper Niall Sharkey.
Kirkwood's defence never got a moment to rest throughout the first half as Pro Football Academy's attack was relentless, with another chance coming shortly after their first goal as Alexander McKay floated the ball from the left into the path of Swan, who tried to catch the keeper off his line with a chip from just outside the box but put too much on it as it went just over the bar.
Swan was the star man for Pro Football Academy, playing a big part in his team's second goal as he played the ball in from the left to Roman Martin's feet, leading him to putting the ball in the bottom right corner.
Two quick fire goals from Pro Football Academy extended their lead to four after 25 minutes, with McKay getting his first goal of the game while Martin put his tally up to two.
Another Pro Football Academy goal came shortly after, as McKay won the ball on the half way line, before lofting a perfectly waited ball to Swan who had the easy job of putting the ball past Sharkey.
Swan doubled his tally shortly after by latching onto a loose backpass from the Kirkwood midfield, before rounding the keeper and putting the ball into an empty net.
Pro Football Academy got their seventh just before half time, as Sharkey was forced to bring down Anton Kelly who broke through on goal, leading to a penalty which Kelly tucked away in the bottom left corner with ease.
A strong team performance from Accies seen them come away with all 3 points away from home against EKFC Reds. Accies came into the game top of the table with 4 wins from 5 and kept up their impressive form against EK who had won 1 and lost 1.
It was a scrappy affair in the opening stages with the best chance coming from Accies Stuart McIntyre who put a header narrowly wide. The Deadlock was broken on the 17th minute with Cameron Stewart getting on the end of a loose ball to coolly place it in the bottom corner to make it 1-0 Accies.
Not long after this on the 19th minute Accies doubled their lead with Jonathon Banks getting on the end of a long ball rolling it into an empty net after the Goalkeeper slipped when coming to collect the ball.
This gave EK a wakeup call, growing into the game more and more having multiple opportunities including Kieran McGuire’s effort being superbly stopped by Craig Murdoch in the Accies goal.
But, their hard work was undone after a dip of the shoulder from McIntyre allowed him in behind to fire home and make the game seem beyond EK before half time.
Baillie Hunter had about six or seven EK players in his back pocket as his fast direct football left the opposition stunned in the headlights. Hunter had been previously of St. Mirren and was only just recovering from a long time out with a broken leg but you couldn’t tell as his magnificent performance lifted the entire team.
The second half for Drumsagard was straight from the training ground as their pre-season work on possession based direct play with neat one-touch passes clearly paid off. Their forwards scored three in the second 45 but if they’d been a little more clinical it could have ended up being in double figures.
Despite the final scoreline, the first chance actually fell to East Kilbride as an initial high press forced Calyn Gerraghty to misplace a sideways pass, allowing Zak Maher to have a shot from a tight angle on the left straight into the hands of Paul Everett.
This high press continued for the first seven minutes as Anson Lung and Gary Clark looked tetchy at the back during the opening developments, failing to deal with the EK forwards when they pressured them into stray passes and unkempt clearances.
This good work halted, though, on seven minutes as a long throw on the right was launched into the EK box and Gerraghty bravely nodded the ball home to make it 1-0. The EK confidence absolutely drained away following the goal as Drumsagard started their dominance as they meant to go on with beautiful interplay through the middle of the park involving Jay Nelson, Aaron Lonie and the aforementioned Hunter who had a big hand in the second goal.
Hunter had attempted a few direct through balls before one satisfyingly connected with Fraser Scott on 15 minutes, finding him in a crowded penalty box, but the forward stayed calm to stroke the ball into Kyle Brooks’ near post.
The game then calmed down for 20 minutes as Drumsagard were happy to hold on to the ball without much urgency of trying to find an opening, this allowed the back four, who had previously been shaky at best, to really come into the game and keep the EK forwards at bay. Drumsagard weren’t going to settle on a 2-0 lead for long, though, as Nelson turned it up a gear and played in Ronan Gillon who finished in identical fashion to the second goal.
3-0 with only a minute left until half time, this is easy, right? Wrong. Grant Sneddon was one of the few EK players trying to go forward with purpose and he got his reward on the stroke of half time when he was clattered in the box by Anson Lung.
The forward stepped up to take it himself and sent the ‘keeper the wrong way with a high shot into the left of the net. 3-1. Comeback on?
Dalziel BC continued their impressive start to the new season with a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Strathaven Dynamos. Goals from Joshua Brodie, Adam Barton, Joseph McNally, Luke Dickson and a Scott Livingstone double resulted in an easy day’s work for the travelling side.
Strathaven were up against it right from the off, and should have been behind after just a couple of minutes when Mark Walker headed wide from an Andrew Grant cross. A well-timed tackle from William Poulton then prevented Scott Livingstone getting through on the Strathaven goal.
Joshua Brodie opened the scoring for Dalziel in the 12th minute, his low drive finding the back of the net via a combination of the post and Strathaven goalkeeper Ross Dyet. Some good defending from Gregor Mitchell and Elliott Sorbie stopped the score line going up too quickly, with the latter deflecting a Brandon McKenzie shot behind for a corner.
With Strathaven struggling to get out of their own half, Dalziel continued to pile on the pressure and Strathaven debutant Harrison Ewart produced a goal saving tackle after a long ball caused havoc in the home side’s penalty area. However, Dalziel’s persistence was rewarded when Brodie found Livingstone with a lobbed pass, who duly turned and finished coolly past Dyet.
Livingstone doubled his tally soon after, a sublime lob nestling in the bottom corner of the net after good work from Barton. In a half where Strathaven failed to register a single shot on goal, Livingstone was cruelly denied a hattrick when he cannoned a header off the crossbar from a corner.
Four goals from Ben Hardie inspired Aston Villa to a comfortable opening day win against East Kilbride YM.
It was a cagey affair in the first half an hour with East Kilbride being more dominant in possession, however overall Aston villa where just too strong for the opposition on the day.
Chances came few and far between and it wasn’t until the just after the half hour mark minute when Aston Villa were presented with a real chance.
A good ball from Daniel McAlinden fell to the feet of Ben Hardie who had his shot destined for the bottom right hand corner saved by East Kilbride goalkeeper Aidan Smith.
This was the beginning of a manic four minutes as just two minutes later Nico Maclachlan puts a neat pass through to Hardie who lobbed the keeper to put Aston villa into the lead.
Just two minutes after that on 35 minutes Stephen Mcdowell and Hardie combined as Mcdowell won the ball off EK defender Steven Addison near the by-line putting it back to Hardie who put it into an empty net to make it 2-0 villa before the break.
A commanding performance saw Stenhousemuir FC Community lift the FVFDA League Cup at the expense of Dunipace Juniors.
Dunipace had the first clearcut opportunity of the match when Martin Bell connected with a Darren Wright corner and forced a save from the goalkeeper.
With 13 minutes on the clock, the Warriors won a free-kick. Crawford MacKay lifted the ball up and over the wall but it was too close to the goalkeeper who dealt with it comfortably.
A minute later Stenhousemuir missed a glaring opportunity when Jude Weir headed wide from a corner.
It was then Dunipace’s turn to go close from a corner as Jack Binnie’s header was cleared off the line.
On 17 minutes Jack Shand was sent clear with a delicate lobbed ball from midfield but the striker saw his chipped effort clear the bar.
The opening goal came in the 32nd minute. Boston Blair controlled the ball outside the area and unleashed a half volley which was saved by the goalkeeper. However, Finlay Fleming was on hand to sweep home the rebound.
Dunipace were given an opportunity to level when Stenhousemuir’s goalkeeper was adjudged to have handled outside the box but Binnie’s deflected free-kick was turned round the post.
The last chance of the half fell the way of the Warriors when Sam Kinney cracked the bar from distance with an excellent driven effort.
Three first half goals were enough to put Stirling Albion on track for victory in the FVFDA League Cup final at the Falkirk Stadium.
The opening goal came on 7 minutes when Alexander Davidson raced clear. The forward was tackled but Thomas Sessford was on hand to thrash the ball home from just outside the penalty area.
At that point the game became quite scrappy with countless loose passes, until the 21st minute when Stirling Albion’s Lewis McFarlane came close with a lob.
The Binos had a second on 23 minutes and it was Sessford again. This time, the forward had spectators applauding with a lovely Dennis Bergkamp-esque turn before rolling the ball into the bottom left corner.
On 31 minutes, Albion had a third and it was game, set and match. A short corner fed the ball to Arran Ward on the edge of the area and his driven effort couldn’t be held by the goalkeeper, allowing Callum Tough to head home.
They nearly had a fourth minutes before the half when Jake MacGowan cut in from the right, only to see his curling effort palmed away. McFarlane looked set to put away the rebound but the goalkeeper saved again.
Syngenta Juveniles claimed their fourth trophy of the season with a 4-1 victory over Clyde in the FVFDA League Cup final.
The Dyes were the dominant side throughout and in the early stages Robbie McCafferty’s live wire tendencies were causing all sorts of problems.
Within a minute of kick-off, the winger broke down the right and cut a deflected ball across goal, which evaded his teammates by a matter of inches.
McCafferty then combined with Flynn Gray and delivered a teasing ball into the box but again there was no connection.
In the 8th minute, the wide player’s pace created the space to hang a cross to the back post, which was volleyed just over by Grant Forrester.
The early pressure paid off with 26 minutes on the clock and Syngenta fans were not to be surprised by the culprit. Roman Blazejewski’s clever flick-on was anticipated by none other than Gray, who slotted home the opener and continued his fine season.
In the final five minutes of the first half, there was a flurry of chances. Blazejewski showed the presences of mind to control the ball in the penalty area and lift the ball over a defender’s head to Gray who exchanged with McCafferty before blasting over.
On the half, a defensive slip presented Clyde with a glorious opportunity to level with Iain Laver free at the back post. However, much to the relief of Syngenta, Allan Dickson was alert to produce a strong two-handed stop and ensure it was 1-0 at the break.
Syngenta Juveniles fired four past Armadale Calcio to lift the FVFDA League Cup at the Falkirk Stadium.
The opening goal arrived within five minutes when Syngenta’s TJ Kennedy received the ball in field and hit an effort with the outside of his boot, which spun into the top corner.
On nine minutes, it should have been two. Rhys White picked the lock with a fine through ball for David Johnston but the winger prodded the ball just wide of the target.
Minutes later Johnston was back on the ball as he surged down the wing and found Ross Fraser in the box with his back turned to goal. Fraser managed to turn and shoot but the goalkeeper palmed the ball away.
The Dyes had a second in the 16th minute when they won a free-kick in a deep position. The ball was launched into the area and Ryan Duffy beat the goalkeeper in the air to nod home.
Armadale’s Declan Fulton almost pulled one back just before the half when he robbed the fullback and cut inside but his fizzing effort was turned over by the goalkeeper.
Dunbeth netted on either side of half-time to record a comfortable FVFDA League Cup final victory over Dunblane at the Falkirk Stadium.
The Coatbridge club were the first to apply pressure and with just two minutes on the clock Aidan Gibb’s dangerous cross was headed wide by Aidan Stewart.
In the eighth minute, Dunbeth were at it again as Marc Lerey found space inside the penalty area but his strike was stopped by the leg of Robin Turnbull.
They were in no mood for slowing things down and on 15 minutes, Liam Hughes broke down the right and provoked a save at the near post. Lerey then cracked the rebound off the post before Dunblane scrambled clear.
However, Dunbeth got the goal they deserved in the 25th minute when an accurate ball in from the right found Stewart, who produced an exquisite half-volley on the turn to put his side in front.
On the half, they almost made it two.
Stewart turned provider to tee up Gibb but the midfielder’s shot was dragged narrowly wide of the post.
A depleted Riverside team had enough in the locker to overcome Sauchie Juniors 1-0 in a tightly contested FVFDA League Cup final.
Flemming M’Ratu’s first half strike proved to be the decider after the winger ghosted in behind the opposition defence and calmly lifted the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper.
Riverside’s squad was threadbare and it was revealed that no less than five players missed the game because of a Magaluf related scheduling issue.
In the 19th minute Sauchie’s Corin Stone robbed Lewis Woloszyn before driving inside and flashing a shot wide of the near post.
The Wee County side had the best of the chances from that point on, and Logan McFarlane was unfortunate to see his thunderous effort tipped on to the post eight minutes from the break.
Stone caused all sorts of problems and showed the nous to create space for himself in the 43rd minute but he could only lift his strike over the bar.