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Saints strike back to secure Last 16 spot

Ferry Athletic 2

Porter 20, 50

St Andrews BC 3

McGowan 38, Lapsley 56, N. Stewart 74
  • Sunday, 19 November 2017
  • Dawson Park
  • Under 16´s
  • Scottish Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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St Andrews BC came from behind twice to beat Ferry Athletic and secure their spot in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup. Goals in either half from Louie Porter had the Dundee side in front on two occasions, but strikes from David McGowan, Liam Lapsley and Naythan Stewart won the game for the visitors.

The Greenock outfit travelled to the City of Discovery with just 11 players, but despite their threadbare squad, they started brightly. Josh Cooper’s overhead kick went narrowly wide before Mark Jardine saw his cross come back off the post. The ball fell into the path of Declan Black, but he slipped and missed the chance to knock the ball into the empty net.

Ferry nearly took the lead in bizarre circumstances when a clearance cannoned off Daniel Ogilvie, and left Dean McMillan scrambling to stop the ball sneaking in at his near post. Some of the Ferry faithful were convinced the ball was over the line, but the referee ignored their pleas.

Any issues they had about the ruling were quickly forgotten when Louie Porter fired a low shot into the far corner of McMillian’s net after 20 minutes.

Things nearly got better for Ferry when Luke Queen rounded McMillian, but he lost his footing and St Andrews cleared the danger. At the other end, David McGowan was denied a shot at goal by a well-timed challenge from Reece Muir.

As half time approached, St Andrews increased the pressure on the Ferry goal. Connor Milton made a fine stop to deny McGowan, but was beaten by the striker two minutes before the break. McGowan controlled a cross from the left, and made no mistake with a cool finish from close range.

  • Half Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 1-1
  • St Andrews BC

The momentum was with the visitors as the second half began, and they passed up three good chances to go ahead in the opening minutes of the second period. Liam Lapsley headed over from a corner before Milton denied McGowan. Cameron McPhee found himself unmarked at a corner, but couldn’t keep his header on target.

Ferry had offered precious little in an attacking sense at the start of the second half, but took the lead 10 minutes after the restart. Porter again finding the net, this time with a free kick from 25 yards that took a wicked bounce over the diving McMillan, who was helpless as the ball found the net.

St Andrews didn’t have to wait long for their second, as Lapsley fired a fierce shot into the side netting after 56 minutes.

Lapsley nearly gave his side the lead with a clever flick from a long ball, but his effort went just over the bar. St Andrews were in the driving seat, and were only denied a third goal by William Banyard’s face.

Milton misjudged a cross, and when the ball fell for Lewis McDougall, it looked to be a guaranteed goal, but the St Andrews man volleyed the ball into Banyard’s face rather than the empty net.

With six minutes to go, St Andrews did take the lead. Naythan Stewart hit a dipping shot from 35 yards that Milton could do nothing about.

There was still time for Ferry to create one more chance, but Ogilvie failed to hit the target from Louie Anderson's cut back, and with that, their Scottish Cup dreams were ended.

This was an excellent performance from St Andrews given they only had 11 players available. While there was a strong possibility that they would tire in the latter stages, they looked more dangerous as the game went on. Going forward, once they are back at full strength, it’s going to take a very good side to stop them.

As for Ferry, they competed well against a strong outfit, but didn’t capitalise when they were on top. Despite this result, they’ve made a good start to the season and will certainly cause problems for every team they face over the rest of the campaign.

  • Full Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 2-3
  • St Andrews BC

Lineups

Ferry Athletic
St Andrews BC
21. Connor Milton
2. Zak Foran
3. Daniel Garmany
4. Greg Breen
5. Jake Strachan
6. Reece Muir
7. Dylan Divers
8. Jake Stewart
9. Jaye McGrath
10. Daniel Ogilvie
11. William Banyard
12. Lloyd Birse
14. Louie Porter
15. Brandon Donnelly
16. Louie Anderson
17. Luke Queen
1. Dean McMillian
2. Jamie Orr
3. Mark Jardine
4. Cameron McPhee
5. Ryan King
6. Josh Cooper
7. Liam Lapsley
8. Declan Black
10. David McGowan
11. Naythan Stewart
16. Lewis McDougall
Star Player
Ferry Athletic
St Andrews BC
Jake Stewart - Caused lots of problems for the Saint Andrews defenders. Lots of problematic running and some clever tricks and flicks throughout the 80 minutes.
David McGowan - Was full of running from the first whistle. Never gave Ferry a minutes peace. Got his team an important goal at an important time and could have had a couple more to his name.
Magic Moment
Ferry Athletic
St Andrews BC
Porter's First Goal - A controlled finish that gave Ferry a well earned lead.
Naythan Stewart's Goal - A cracking strike worthy of winning any game.
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