SYFA CENTRAL REGION
Regional Cup (Under 16s)
Baillieston 2 Kilsyth Athletic 4
After a lengthy winter shut down enforced on both teams by
the recent arctic weather conditions Baillieston gave up their home advantage
and brought this match to the Sportsfield, Kilsyth to allow the tie to be
played before both teams tackle next week’s Scottish Cup fourth round ties.
The teams took to the field in near gale force winds with
Baillieston playing with the wind from the kick off. Baillieston started strongly
and had by far the better of the early exchanges and only an outstanding save
at full stretch from Kilsyth’s keeper Whyte five minutes in kept the scores
level. However a combination of strong running and passing by the Baillieston
midfield and the strong wind holding up Kilsyth’s defensive clearances meant
that it was only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken. Twelve
minutes in Baillieston took a long throw-in on the right and the ball found
their striker unchallenged in the air and it was all too easy for him to direct
the ball with his head into the net.
Baillieston continued to surge forward and almost extended
their lead when the Kilsyth back line hesitated when a Baillieston player went
down outside the box with an obvious head injury only to see the referee allow
play to continue and the Baillieston striker only had the keeper to beat from
six yards out only for Whyte to stand up well and block the shot. However on
the half hour mark Kilsyth again failed to get the ball clear of their box and
looked on in horror as the ball was side footed past despairing Whyte into the
Kilsyth were restricted to occasional counter attacks. But with
only a couple of minutes to go to half time they had a good shout for a penalty
turned down when a high ball came into the box from the left to Paterson but he
was clearly shoved in the back as he tried to control it only for the referee to
wave play on despite Kilsyth protests.
Half time saw Kilsyth manager Waters withdraw his son who
had had a strong performance at left back for Mulholland. The teams turned
around and now Kilsyth with the strong breeze behind them and spurred on by
their manager’s team talk looked like a different team. Within five minutes
after a number of attacks a scramble in the box saw MacDonald force the ball
into the net at the back post to half the deficit.
Moments later Forsyth on the left wing surged forward and
cut inside striking the ball with his right foot from some twenty five metres
out only to see the ball strike the crossbar with the keeper beaten. The
referee again infuriated the Kilsyth bench when a through ball to Punter was
cut out by a Baillieston defender who laid the ball back to his keeper who
picked the ball up. The referee waved play on despite their protestations. A few minutes later though a similar pass
back resulted in an indirect free kick to Kilsyth just inside the Baillieston
box. The ball was touched by Punter to left back Mulholland who drove the ball
into the wall, as the ball broke Mulholland struck the ball again lifting it
over the wall and into the roof of the net to level the scores.
With twenty minutes remaining it was now game on.
Baillieston kept trying to break forward despite the strong wind but the
Kilsyth back line of Morrison, Cunningham, Mulholland and Holmes held firm.
Whenever Baillieston did manage to break through they were thwarted by the
outstanding Whyte in the Kilsyth goal.
With ten minutes to go the ball got played in from the left
to the back post where Cunningham showed great technique to keep his shot down
and drive his volley into the net to send the Kilsyth support into raptures.
Kilsyth made changes now they held the lead and withdrew Punter as a precaution
with the Scottish Cup tie looming replaced by Cloggie and MacDonald who had run
himself into the ground on the right wing was replaced by the pacy Reid. Kilsyth
continued to surge forward with attack after attack and only outstanding
goalkeeping by Baillieston’s number one kept his team in this tie.
Baillieston though weren’t about to give this tie up without
a fight and drove forward time after time only for them to be kept out by
strong defensive play by Kilsyth who repeatedly counter attacked. As the game
entered stoppage time a beautiful through ball from Cloggie saw centre forward
Ross outstrip the defence with his pace and strike the ball home to secure the
Next Saturday Kilsyth take on Colony Park
from Aberdeenshire in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup. The game kicks-off
at the Sportsfield at 2pm.