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Mill edge all action Scottish Cup tie to reach quarter finals

Salvesen CFC 2

Mitchell 48, Robertson 73

Mill United 3

Gerrard 41, Bradley 45, Forbes 66
  • Saturday, 30 November 2013
  • Forrester HS
  • Under 17´s
  • Scottish Youth FA Cup

Alasdair Mackenzie | YFS South East Region Journalist

The gathered spectators at Forrester High School were treated to a fantastic spectacle on Saturday, as Salvesen CFC hosted Mill United in the Fifth Round of the Scottish Youth FA Cup. Goals from Adam Gerrard and Dylan Bradley shortly before the interval put the visitors in a commanding position, but Salvesen rallied in the second half. Captain Daniel Mitchell pulled one back for the home side shortly after the restart before a Craig Forbes stunner restored Mill United’s two goal cushion.  Adam Robertson again narrowed the deficit with twenty minutes remaining, and despite increasing pressure from Salvesen, Mill United held on to secure their passage to the next round of the cup.
 
The opening stages of the match were fiercely contested, with neither side shying away from a challenge and both demonstrating excellent passing ability. The first real chance arrived after fifteen minutes, as Adam Gerrard found some space on the edge of the area to fire in a shot on goal. The effort was well parried by Salvesen goalkeeper Andrew Smith, who was also alert to smother a headed effort on the rebound from Ryan Farrel.
 
The away team settled into the game, and controlled play nicely thanks to the excellent Ryan Murdoch, who was running the show from central midfield. With nearly half an hour on the clock, Murdoch delivered a pin point free kick from deep that was met by the head of Gerrard, but the striker’s effort flew inches over the bar.
 
Mill United’s excellent first half performance was rewarded after forty minutes with the opening goal. A defence-splitting pass from Craig Forbes put Gerrard through on goal and he finished expertly with a low driven effort into the bottom corner.
 
Only a matter of minutes later, the visitors doubled their lead. Stephen Young swung in a corner that passed through a sea of bodies, and Dylan Bradley was alert at the back post to tap in and send his side into the half-time interval in a commanding position. 
  • Half Time:
  • Salvesen CFC
  • 0-2
  • Mill United
Salvesen came out determined for the second half, and got themselves back into the tie almost immediately. Again the goal arrived from a corner; this time Ryan Campbell’s delivery was met by the head of Salvesen captain Daniel Mitchell who powered in a header from six yards to give his side a lifeline.
 
Ten minutes into the second half the home side almost pulled level after an incredible strike from Craig Berry that was matched by an excellent save from Mill United keeper Ryan Tweedlie. Berry struck a half volley from forty yards that dipped perfectly towards the top corner, only for Tweedlie to recover his feet brilliantly and tip the ball over the top.
 
Salvesen had really sparked into life in the second period, but Mill United continued to threaten on the counter attack, and restored their two goal cushion midway through the half thanks to a stunning goal from Forbes. Mill United’s number 10 found some space on the edge of the area, and unleashed an unstoppable swerving effort straight into the top corner, leaving the keeper with no chance.
 
The game had really opened up and was an end to end affair by this point, as Salvesen came close to instantly levelling. An excellent free kick delivery from Cameron Moir, not for the first time in the match, dropped in the box for Mitchell and the centre back was close to grabbing his second of the day, but his close range effort was thwarted by an excellent sprawling save from Tweedlie.
 
With about twenty minutes left on the clock, the determined Salvesen players got themselves back into the game again as they pulled a goal back. Breaking forward in numbers, a low cross through the eighteen yard box was met by Adam Robertson, who accurately slotted home to make the score 3-2.
 
The closing stages of a thrilling second half were characterised by incessant pressure from the home side, who were throwing players forward in search of that elusive equaliser. More fantastic free kick deliveries from Moir were causing problems for the visitors, but their defence held strong.
 
There was incredible drama with almost the last kick of the game, as John Dunbar was inches away from equalising in sensational style. A cross-field pass was deflected into his path, and Dunbar had the audacity to strike a left-footed half volley across goal from a tight angle that agonisingly rattled off the crossbar with the keeper stranded.
 
The final whistle blew soon after, marking the end of an electric second half in which both teams showed remarkable moments of individual talent. Mill United progress to the next round of the Scottish Youth FA Cup and can be proud of their performance, but Salvesen will be buoyed by their excellent second half showing that bodes well for the remainder of the season.
  • Full Time:
  • Salvesen CFC
  • 2-3
  • Mill United

Lineups

Salvesen CFC
Mill United

1. Andrew Smith
2. Nicholas McConnell
4. Daniel Mitchell
5. Cameron Moir 
6. Craig Berry
7. Ryan Campbell
9. Alex McNeill
10. Lewis Ross
11. Calum McGowan
12. Calum Jackson
3. Shaun Serrels 
15. John Dunbar
16. Adam Robertson
14. Robbie Dowie

1. Ryan Tweedlie
2. Euan Gordon
3. Greg Robertson
4. Andrew Clement
5. Callum Murphy
6. Ryan Murdoch
7. Dylan Bradley
8. Jamie Clement
9. Ryan Farrel
10.Craig Forbes
11. Stephen Young
18.Kevin Murray 
15. Adam Gerrard
19. Sam Blance
17.Dylon Mclauchlan

Star Player
Salvesen CFC
Mill United
Daniel Mitchell: The Salvesen captain put in an inspired shift, offering fantastic workrate and vital leadership for ninety minutes. As well as a solid performance at the heart of the home defence, he scored a great header that got his team back into the game.
Craig Forbes: His goal was of the highest quality; a superb swerving strike that would have beaten any goalkeeper. But his overall contribution was also excellent as he got an assist for Gerrard's goal and dictated play for his side from midfield.
Magic Moment
Salvesen CFC
Mill United
Impossible to choose between two incredible efforts that were so unlucky not to find the net. Craig Berry's half volley from forty yards was an extraordinary effort matched by a great save, and John Dunbar was extremely unlucky to see his angled half volley cannon off the crossbar.
Craig Forbes' strike proved to be the decisive goal, and it was a worthy matchwinner. From around twenty yards, the midfielder hit a swerving rocket of a shot that flew into the top corner.
Club Views
Salvesen CFC
Mill United
Jason Hastie, coach of Salvesen CFC, said: "It took us 60 or 70 minutes to start playing. Their midfield played very well, they got the ball down and scored goals so we lost it for ourselves in the first half, but we've been playing very well."
David Forbes, coach of Mill United, said: "It was a tough game, we knew we were in for a battle today. It was played in a good spirit and I think we just deserved to win it. It was a good game, both teams tried to get the ball down and play football. I'm just glad that we made it through to the quarter finals!"
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