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Strollers do Dryburgh double to book third round spot

Dryburgh Athletic 0

Glenrothes Strollers 1

Bowie 22'
  • Sunday, 24 September 2017
  • South Road
  • Under 16´s
  • Scottish Cup

Kieron Bowie’s first half goal made it a Dryburgh double for Glenrothes Strollers as they booked their place in Round Three of the Scottish Cup.

The Fife side beat Dryburgh CC 8-2 in Round One, and inflicted the same fate on Dryburgh Athletic in Round Two.

Both these sides are unbeaten in their respective leagues this season, and neither was prepared to give the other the edge in the opening stages of the match.

Jack Mitchell picked out Kieron Bowie with a cross after seven minutes, but the striker couldn’t steer his shot on target as the ball sailed over the bar.

The visitors were winning nearly every loose ball in the middle of the park, and opened the scoring after 22 minutes. Bowie latched onto a through ball, and coolly slotted the ball into the far corner of Aaron Cosgrove’s net.

Dryburgh had offered little in an attacking sense thus far, but that changed when Ross Mcnaughton flashed a low shot just wide of the post moments after the goal.

Mcnaughton then fired a free kick from 30 yards just over the crossbar.

Both sides battled on for the remainder of the first half, but neither created a noteworthy chance as Glenrothes Strollers left the pitch with a half time lead.

  • Half Time:
  • Dryburgh Athletic
  • 0-1
  • Glenrothes Strollers

Dryburgh introduced last season’s top scorer Ewan Stewart at half time, but he couldn’t capitalise when Callum Doran fumbled a swerving shot from Mcnaughton in the first minute of the second half.

Marcus Gray nearly scored an unorthodox equaliser, as a clearance cannoned off the Dryburgh midfielder and nearly dipped under the bar. Ryan Smith had a shot blocked at the edge of the box on the hour mark.

Strollers were dealing with everything that Dryburgh threw at them, but were reduced to 10-men when Bowie was given a second booking for dissent.

The hosts had a spring in their step, and were denied an equaliser after 71 minutes when Doran got down low to deny Smith one-on-one. The keeper was called into action less than a minute later, as he kept out a Mcnaughton free kick from 20 yards.

All Strollers’ good work in the match was nearly undone when a breakdown in communication saw Thomas Glendinning head the ball past Doran, but the Strollers man managed to get back and clear the ball before it could cross the line.

Doran made a diving save to deny Smith at the near post. His opposite number Cosgrove did well to tip over a free kick from Craig Fleming.

Dryburgh continued to pile on the pressure as the final whistle neared. Mcnaughton found Ben Wilson unmarked at a corner, but his powerful volley smacked Daniel Browne in the face before going out.

Ryan McKay met the subsequent delivery, but could only head wide, as Dryburgh saw their cup dreams ended.

This is a big blow for Dryburgh, who made it to the last 32 of the Scottish Cup last season, and will have had aspirations of going into the latter rounds again this time round.

On the day, they weren’t outplayed, but they were outfought and outworked, which will make the defeat even harder for them to stomach.

They will now turn their attentions to maintaining their domestic dominance and mounting a serious challenge in the East Region Cup, although, to achieve those goals, they will have to be far better than they were today.

As for Glenrothes Strollers, they have claimed a major scalp with this result. While the sending off gave Dryburgh the incentive to throw men forward, their defence stood strong, and on the few occasions they were breached, Callum Doran was in inspired form.

They have domestic aspirations of their own after narrowly missing out on the league title last season. It’s going to take a good side to beat them in any competition and they will be hoping to make it past the third round of this competition.

  • Full Time:
  • Dryburgh Athletic
  • 0-1
  • Glenrothes Strollers

Lineups

Dryburgh Athletic
Glenrothes Strollers
99. Aaron Cosgrove
2. Ryan McKay
5. Nairn Beaton
6. Aidan Nelson
7. Ross Mcnaughton
8. Marcus Gray
9. Ewan Stewart
10. Ben Wilson
11. Ryan Corbitt
14. Daryl Tosh
17. Jamie Gelly
20. Ryan Smith
31. Brandon Mcginnis
33. Kalin Jones
35. Arron Flynn
77. Dylan Smeaton
13. Callum Doran
2. Stephen Miller
3. Liam Forrester
4. James Perrie
5. Daniel Browne
6. Ryan Lawson
7. Jack Mitchell
8. Thomas Glendinning
10. Kieron Bowie
11. Bailey Thomson
14. Matthew Lamb
15. Craig Fleming
16. Marc Boyd
18. Stuart Grieve
19. Struan Grieve
77. Callum Rodgers
Star Player
Dryburgh Athletic
Glenrothes Strollers
Ross Mcnaughton - One of the few Dryburgh players that played to his usual standard, Mcnaughton was at the heart of all the host's positive play, and was unlucky to be on the losing side.
Callum Doran - All of the Strollers defenders were excellent, but their goalkeeper stole the show with a string of match-winning saves in the final 15 minutes.
Magic Moment
Dryburgh Athletic
Glenrothes Strollers
Cosgrove's Late Save - The Dryburgh keeper did well to keep out Fleming's late free kick as his side pushed for a late equaliser.
Bowie's Goal - A deft finish that secured his side's passage into the third round.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
Last modified on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 13:45
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