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Going into the game, both sides lined up with a familiar 2-3-1 formation: Glasgow set up with Nicole Cunningham in net, protected by Sophie Bustard and Abbie Cusack at the back, with a midfield three of Olivia King, Jessica Cox and Millie-Jo Ward behind Elie McGoldrick. Their opponents opting to start Woods up front with Boyle, Kirkwood and Conner behind her. Ellie Dickson was in between the sticks for Motherwell, with Hannah Sedwell and Nikki Simmonette in front of her.
It took a mere 27 seconds for the deadlock to be broken with Olivia King skipping round the outside of the back two. The midfielder drifted inside before collectedly rolling the ball across goalkeeper Dickson.
The goal gave implications of a high scoring tie; although that wasn’t necissarily the case in what proveed to be a close-fought first period. After the goal the following ten minutes were fairly scrappy but as time passed Motherwell edged their way into the game. They managed to force multiple corners without causing any real threat to Cunningham’s goal. Well also struggled to break down the central defensive parternship of Sophie Bustard and Abbie Cusack, and so for the most part the they resorted to going round the outside in an atempt to find the equaliser.
Glasgow Girls held firm for the majority of the first period and found joy hitting Well on the counter attack. They almost caught their opponets out, who had pushed numbers forward, with a flowing counter attack. It was McGoldrick who took on the final effort but her strike from outside the penalty area fizzed off target.
The equaliser did come, a minute before the interval, a neat one two between Boyle and Woods, the former beared down on goal and rifled the ball goalwards. It was hard to tell if the initial strike was on target or not but Boyle will certainly claim it as the ball went in despite Cunningham getting a hand to it, she could only parry into her own net. The goal was deserved on the balance of play as the sides went in level in a half where both sides created chances but the momentum with Motherwell.
The start of the second period saw chances at both ends as the tie began to open up. On 34 minutes Woods’ header sent Cunningham scrambling across her goal to claw the ball away, and then from the rebound the striker rifled her effort off the crossbar –a common theme in the second half. A minute later it was Glasgow who hit the crossbar – a shot spilled by Dickson fell to the feet of McGoldrick, but the striker could only watch her effort crash off the crossbar. This was a turning point in the match as Glasgow would begin to build some momentum – pinning Motherwell back for large periods of the half.
The inevitable happened on 42 minutes. The ball wasn’t cleared by the Motherwell backline: McGoldrick’s effort was blocked but Ward was the fastest to react to the loose ball and guided the ball home from close range. The goal had been coming for a while, Ward and McGoldrick were both very impressive for Glasgow and linked up well together to cause the Motherwell defence a constant headache throughout.
Into the final 10 minutes and the game was in full flow. Motherwell found an equaliser through Boyle once again, who was outstanding on the day, as she showed good technique to lash the ball into the back of the net nine minutes from time. The goal really sunk Glasgow and it was Motherwell who had the momentum as they pushed for a winner. A few minutes later and it would come courtesy of Woods, who dropped the shoulder to evade her marker inside out. The striker then came out of a challenge and burried ball past the helpless Cunningham to complete a memorbale comeback.
Despite their best efforts Glasgow couldn’t find a way back into it as the match came to a close. A thrilling cup final with drama until the final moments. It could’ve gone either way between two evenly matched sides, but two goals from Amy Boyle were the difference between the two.
Greenock Morton advanced to the next round of the Scottish Cup after a comfortable 3-0 win over Turriff United. Late goals from Nathan Durham and Ben Armour helped seal the win for the Greenock outfit.
Turriff United got the match underway, kicking off on a crisp Sunday afternoon at Cappielow.
Morton dominated possession in the opening 10 minutes and as a result created a couple of chances early on in the game.
The home side came within inches of opening the scoring after just four minutes following a corner. David Anderson hit the cross from the left, which flashed across goal but no player could get a touch. Any contact would have surely resulted in a goal.
Morton went even closer just a minute later. Left-winger Mitchell Duffy broke down the left and swung in an inviting cross to Jack Purdue. The attacker just got his head to the ball but didn’t make enough contact to trouble Turriff goalkeeper James Whyte.
The Greenock team kept pushing for the opener and spurned an excellent chance following another corner. A short corner from the right was played to Purdue, who turned a floated a cross in to the back post. Central midfielder Reece Lyon met the ball but headed narrowly over.
After 11 minutes, the home side got the goal their play deserved. Right-back Darren Hynes received the ball just outside the box on the right, and blasted a powerful strike at the near post with the outside of his right boot, giving Whyte no chance of stopping it.
Turriff United struggled to get a hold of the ball as Morton dominated possession. United centre-back Matthew Stewart stood out as one of his team’s best performers while for Morton, Duffy looked dangerous whenever he was in possession.
Duffy had a chance to put his team two up after he sprinted down the left wing, beating one defender in the process. He raced through on goal but was denied by the onrushing Whyte, who smothered the ball well.
Whyte was his team’s saviour again just moments later, denying Morton forward Ben Armour. Armour found himself 10 yards from goal and showed neat footwork to get his powerful shot away, but Whyte denied him with a superb stop.
The pressure was building against Turriff as they came close to conceding a second. A wonderful run from midfield from Purdue saw the forward break into the box, beating three men in the process. The striker fired at goal but was denied once again by Whyte.
A rare foray forward for Turriff almost resulted in an equaliser for the Highland outfit. Attacker Angus Grant broke down the right wing before cutting inside, beating his man and shooting from the edge of the box. Unfortunately for Turriff, Grant’s effort was tame and easily saved by Ton keeper Charlie Carracher.
Right-winger Anderson almost doubled his side’s lead with a free kick around the half-hour mark. The free kick was situated in an ideal position – around 25 yards from goal, slightly to the left – but Anderson saw his effort fly narrowly over the bar.
Towards the end of the first half, Turriff grew into the game and could have had an equaliser after an excellent cross from Ryan Stewart. The left-back hit a cross from deep that found Grant lurking at the back post, but the striker’s effort was weak and easily stopped by Carracher.
United’s confidence grew as the half progressed and the chances soon fell for the away side. Striker Michael Ironside did excellently to break down the right and fire a cross-cum-shot across the face of goal, but no-one was at hand to prod the ball home.
Ironside came close again right before the referee blew his whistle to signal half-time. A free kick around 30 yards from goal was played short to him; the forward beat one man before firing at the near post from a tight angle, but Carracher parried the ball behind for a corner.
The referee soon blew his whistle to signify half-time. Both sets of players trudged off the pitch, knowing that the game’s next goal could be decisive.
Scott passed up another opportunity when he failed to hit the target from 15 yards after the Dee were caught in possession. Matty Henvey had the dark blues first half chance when he let fly from 20 yards, but Well keeper Russell Griffiths was more than equal to his strike.
With half an hour gone, Motherwell broke the deadlock through Ross MacLean. The Motherwell man ran on to a clever flicked pass from Turnbull, and fired a powerful shot past Bain from 12 yards.
This kicked Dundee into life, and they would have been level if Henvey had connected with a superb cross from Cammy Mooney. John Smith’s first-time effort was turned on to the roof of the net after a dangerous ball from Jesse Curran.
Celtic’s Under 20s produced a stirring performance that came so close to beating Bayern Munich, but ultimately succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at Cappielow.
Jack Aitchison had seized on a loose ball inside the Munich penalty area to fire the young Celts 1-0 in front, but a terrific late double from wonder-kid Oliver Batista-Meier turned the game around for the Bavarians.
The Hoops produced a spirited performance in Munich despite a 6-2 defeat at the Bayern Campus, and they once again started brightly in this one.
They were eager to play out from the back early on, similarly to Celtic’s first-team, and they were confident in this approach. Young Calvin Miller saw a lot of the ball early on, and despite being under pressure from a high Bayern press, the hosts kept their composure in their defensive third.
Ewan Henderson was so impressive two weeks ago in Munich, and he bombed Celtic forward with purpose at times in Cappielow. He forced Ron Hofmann into his first save with a stinging effort from 20 yards out that was well held.
Miller then came close when he collected a Johnston cross at the back post, but his toe poke towards goal was deflected wide for a corner.
It took Bayern 25 minutes to have a meaningful effort at goal, and even then it was from a set-piece. A free-kick was crossed into the area for Felix Gotze to power a header on goal, but Ryan Mullen parried well before gathering.
Celtic’s best bet of a goal still looked from Mikey Johnston. The left-winger has been lauded for his performances in the UEFA Youth League, and had appeared twice for the senior side. He was giving Josip Stanisic a torrid time, but the final ball just wasn’t there.
Another who impressed in the first half was Regan Hendry. His driving runs cause Bayern’s back-line all sorts of problems, and drew a bunch of fouls down the right that led to set-piece chances.
Aitchison and Kerr McInroy both had efforts before the break, but neither troubled Hofmann as Bayern held on until the break.
Kilmarnock were on form on Sunday afternoon as a brace from Alex Samizadeh and a goal from Daniel Scally was enough to beat Spartans on their own turf. The side in blue and white progress into the fourth round of the Scottish FA Youth Cup.
Five minutes into the match Spartans had a good chance to take the lead. Cameron Dawson turned past the defender on the left side, getting a shot away on the edge of the box. However, Killie keeper, Curtis Lyle saved the effort at the near post.
Not so long after Spartans were on the attack again. Dawson involved himself in an attacking effort once again as he headed the ball onto Oliver Hetherington who was through on goal on the left-hand side. However, pressure from the opposition defence forced the player to take the ball out of play, unable to get a shot away at goal.
Despite the game being fairly even for the opening quarter of the match, it was the penalty decision that changed the game as Samizadeh was taken out from behind in the penalty box as a cross was played in. The fouled player stepped up to the spot and slotted the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal, the keeper diving the opposite way as Killie went ahead in the 28th minute.
Moments later, Kilmarnock doubled their lead after a good team effort in the 31st minute. Josh Jeffries played in Samizadeh on the right side who burst down the wing with pace. The goalscorer then sent a cross to Scally in the left side of the penalty area, bouncing off his chest and into the net.
Hillwood Boys Club moved into the 4th Round of the Scottish Youth FA Cup with victory over Ferry Athletic at Dawson Park. Four goals in the second-half proved the difference with the Glasgow side moving one step closer to Cup glory.
As is usually the case with knock-out football the match began with both sides cancelling each other out and few clear cut chances being created. The first real opening came for the away side when a good delivery from Lewis Cannon almost picked out the onrushing Cameron Kelly at the back post. Ferry also began to find joy going forward and were ahead on the 9th minute, Jack Moir flicking the ball into the path of Owen Boath who stabbed the ball into the net.
Hillwood responed well to the set-back and found themselves level 6 minutes later, a looping cross from Kieran McCrory's free-kick found Aiden McCann and he made no mistake nodding past the keeper.
Ferry looked to restore their and immeditly began pressuring the Hillwood backline, Moir brought out a good save by Archie Dickson and Liam Scott fired an effort over the bar.
With the half drawing to a close it was Hillwoods turn to excert pressure and almost finished the half in front, Aayan Ali forcing a solid stop by Lewis Burns.