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Crosshouse edge out Banks O'Dee to reach Scottish Cup Final

Banks O'Dee Albion 0

Crosshouse FC 1

Mason 28
  • Sunday, 29 March 2015
  • Loudoun Academy Astro, Galston
  • Under 15´s
  • Competition name here
Mark Gillespie

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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Bad weather had moved the game from Cummnock, but both sides went on to give us a thrilling cup semi final on the astro at Loudoun Academy. In a game that could have gone either way Crosshouse reached the final courtesy of Jordan Mason’s first half goal.
 
The game kicked off just over an hour late and began at a hectic pace in driving rain. To their great credit both sides settled into the game and tried to play the ball on the deck as the game went end to end.
 
Both had struck woodwork within the opening 20 minutes. Firstly on 12 minutes Crosshouse’s Christopher Law burst down the right and floated a cross, come shot which grazed the top of the crossbar. Then, 5 minutes later it was Hamish MacLeod’s turn at the other end to crack the bar with a shot from just outside the box.
 
Banks O’Dee were settling into a rhythm as they played the ball around, with Fraser Bryce making some promising runs down the left. Crosshouse were making an impact through the middle, with Connor Smith firing just over on 22 minutes.
 
On 28 minutes the Ayrshire side were in front, in fortuitous style. From the right hand corner of the box the ball skidded in low off the wet surface and Jordan Mason got the decisive touch on it as the ball trundled into Vitali Sahhalevits’ far corner.
 
Crosshouse continued to enjoy a good spell, buoyed by their opener. Mason and Law were causing problems with menacing runs down the flank. For 5 minutes or so Banks O’Dee were pegged back, perhaps rattled by going behind.
 
Slowly though the Aberdeen regained some composure to get up the pitch and exert some pressure of their own, coming close to an equaliser. Firstly Ben Ross came close, and then MacLeod had another shot straight at Jamie Wilson in the Crosshouse goal. Then up the other end came on 34 minutes came the game’s moment of controversy.
 
The referee had appeared to award a penalty for an apparent trip on Ryan Jennings in the Banks O’Dee box. But, after consulting with his linesman, he over ruled the call, to the consternation of the Crosshouse bench. It was certainly a late call.
 
Time would tell whether this was to have a bearing on the outcome of this tightly contested cup tie. Banks sought to capitalise on their reprieve before the interval, with chances falling to Bryce and Mark Reid, before the referee blew for the break.
  • Half Time:
  • Banks O'Dee Albion
  • 0-1
  • Crosshouse FC
Crosshouse began the second half on top and after good work by Law and Mason, Callum Corbett-Petters fired over from the edge of the box. On 50 minutes Smith was just off target with a shot, as they sought to double their advantage.
 
Banks O’Dee then went on to enjoy a good spell, with Calum McKenzie providing a cutting edge down the right. Gregor Thom found some space and fired just off target, and then on 64 minutes Reid played him in again but his shot went agonizingly over the bar.
 
The Aberdeen side were putting on sustained pressure with Crosshouse happy to sit in and see this game out. Yet they should have finished the tie with 6 minutes left, when Smith found Cameron Neilson in the box, only for the sub to shoot straight at Sahhalevits.
 
Banks refused to give up with the clock ticking down. From the right MacLeod floated another ball into the box, grazing the top of the bar. Then Bryce’s shot was saved straight at Wilson.
 
A final glorious chance fell to Banks after Wilson parried a free kick awarded just outside the box, with Bryce firing the rebound just over. Crosshouse had defended heroically in the second half and celebrated a famous win.
 
It has been a fantastic season for the Ayrshire club, with just one defeat on all fronts. They march on to the final against Renfrew Victoria and really will fancy their chances to round it off in style in on May 17th.
  • Full Time:
  • Banks O'Dee Albion
  • 0-1
  • Crosshouse FC

Lineups

Banks O'Dee Albion
Crosshouse FC
21. Vitali Sahhalevits
2. Jason Ritchie
3. Jevan Anderson
4. Gregor Thom
5. Logan Johnstone
6. Alasdair Shrive
8. Calum Beattie
9. Ross Christie
11. Fraser Bryce
12. Cameron Imrie
14. Ben Ross
15. Calum McKenzie
17. Hamish MacLeod
18. Mark Reid
19. Cameron Fraser
1. Jacob Otto
1. Jamie Wilson
3. Cole Archibald
4. Joshua Edwards
5. Callum Corbett-Petters
6. Robbie Laidlaw
7. Reece Miller
8. Connor Smith
9. Kyle Chisolm
10. Ryan Jennings
11. Kieran Connolly
12. Cameron Neilson
15. Craig McLean
16. Jordan Mason
17. Cameron Malcom
18. Christopher Law
19. Bailey McClung
Star Player
Banks O'Dee Albion
Crosshouse FC
Calum McKenzie. Always a danger with the ball at his feet down the flank.
Jordan Mason. Capped off a fine performance with the decisive goal.
Magic Moment
Banks O'Dee Albion
Crosshouse FC
MacLeod came so close, striking the bar in first half.
Mason's goal. The slightest touch made all the difference in this closest of encounters.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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