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Townhill FC safely through after victory over Aberdour

Townhill FC 5

Gregor Macdonald (2), Ben Woodfine, Dominic Mcmurchie, Aaron Baxter

Aberdour SDC 1

Ewan Sutherland (pen)
  • Saturday, 20 September 2014
  • Townhill, Fife
  • Under 16´s
  • Fife Cup

Matthew Sigsworth | YFS Fife Senior Reporter
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Townhill produced a fine display to progress to the second round of the Fife Cup, and end an unbeaten start to the season for travelling league leaders Aberdour.
The home side netted five times; with a brace for Gregor Macdonald, and one each for Ben Woodfine, Dominic Mcmurchie, and Aaron Baxter.
Ewan Sutherlands’ cooly taken penalty was the only goal for an Aberdour side who went into the game having only dropped two league points from the first six games.
In true cup game fashion chances were few and far between in the early stages, with both sides wary of conceding first; but it was the home side who carved out the first opening, with Baxter playing Alex Chingwalu through on goal, only to be denied by Abderdour ‘keeper Ross Clark.
Mcmurchie was next to test Clark, with a long range effort palmed to safety by the goalkeeper.
Townhill were beginning to gain some momentum, and Baxter was again close to breaking the deadlock, with a left footed drive from outside the area narrowly missing the Aberdour crossbar.
The pressure finally told after fifteen minutes, when a fine corner from Jack George was powerfully headed home by Woodfine.
Chingwalu almost doubled the lead shortly afterwards, but was denied when his header was saved by Clark.
Abderdour were in need of some reprieve, and as the half went on they began to find their rhythm. Mackenzie Roe in the Townhill defence first headed away a dangerous looking cross, before Haydn Clarkson was almost played through on goal, but for a last gasp interception from Ben Mccann. 
The momentum was now with the away side, and Owain Stark in the Townhill goal did well to hold onto a dipping free kick from Damon Kenny.
Townhill dug in, and after weathering a tough spell Baxter almost snatched his side a second goal, his right footed effort flying wide of the mark with fifteen minutes of the first half left to play.
Aberdour continued to push for an equaliser, but were to suffer a hammer blow with ten minutes of the first half remaining. A throw in from the right found Mcmurchie, who turned his marker and slotted a left footed finish smartly past the keeper to double his teams lead.
Aberdour piled forward in desperate search of a goal before half time, and Clarkson was almost played clear of the last defender but for a fine tackle from Mackenzie Roe.
Kenny then showed fine feet to waltz his way into the Townhill penalty area, when tackled the ball landed kindly for Clarkson, but his low shot was well saved by Stark. 
Townhill set about putting the game to bed, with Mcmurchie almost through on goal, but Clark was quick off his line and beat him to the ball. Jack George then found his way into the Aberdour box, but again the defence held strong.
Aberdour rallied just before the half time whistle, but their passing game couldn’t penetrate the Townhill back line, with Woodfine in particular in inspired form.
  • Half Time:
  • Townhill FC
  • 2-0
  • Aberdour SDC
Townhill started the second half strongly, and Aberdour had Goalkeeper Clark to thank for keeping them in the game with only a few minutes gone; first producing an outstanding save to turn Baxters’ right footed shot behind via the post, then tipping a header from the resulting corner behind, again via the woodwork.
The decisive moment came in the 52nd minute, when having been almost through on goal twice in quick succession, Macdonald made sure it was third time lucky as he broke clear of the last defender and slotted the ball right footed into the bottom corner to make it 3-0, and effectively secure Townhill’s spot in the next round.
The home side now had their tails up, and after Macdonald played in Jason Lawrence on the left hand side, he was unlucky to see his shot end up in the side netting.
Aberdour continued to try and play the ball forward, but the home side were a constant threat on the counter attack, with Baxter almost making it four with his shot just off target.
The away team never gave up, and the lively Kenny forced two fine saves from replacement goalkeeper Adam Ainslie in quick succession. First a great turn and shot that was tipped over the bar, and secondly a powerful right footed effort destined for the top corner, brilliantly turned away by Ainslie to preserve his side's clean sheet.
The game was now end to end. Ben Rooney was first to stop a flowing Townhill move with a fine tackle, with Aberdour unlucky not to profit from the resulting break.
Finally there was some joy for the away side, as the home team's clean sheet was spoiled by a well taken penalty from Sutherland with Seventeen minutes to go.
Any hope of a comeback was quickly removed, however, with Baxter capping a fine individual performance with a precise shot into the bottom corner, leaving Clark absolutely no chance, just moments after he pulled off a superb quick reaction save to stop a Chingwalu shot that took a nasty bobble on its way through.
It was a spirited performance from Aberdour, and Ryan Bathgate put in a fine tackle as both Kenny and Clarkson were bearing down on goal. Kenny also had a chance to claw another goal back with five minutes remaining, but his free kick couldn’t beat the Townhill wall.
Jack George had two chances to put Townhill out of sight, first forcing a fine save from Clark with a right footed shot, before finding himself unmarked in the six yard area, but unable to divert the ball goalwards with the inside of his right foot. 
Townhill were relentless in their high pressing, and it was their closing down that produced one final piece of magic. The ball was won high up the pitch from a short goal kick, and Macdonald chipped a superb finish over the backtracking ‘keeper to make it five, and cap a memorable day for the home team.
Both sides now return to league action next week, with Townhill at home to Kennoway United, while Aberdour will hope to get back on track as they travel to Kinross Colts.
  • Full Time:
  • Townhill FC
  • 5-1
  • Aberdour SDC


Townhill FC
Aberdour SDC
1. Owain STARK
6. Mackenzie ROE
7. Jack GEORGE
8. Kieran JACK
9. Aaron BAXTER
10. Ben MCCANN
11. Gregor MACDONALD
16. Jamie SINCLAIR
17. Marc PERIN
18. Jason LAWRENCE
20. Dominic MCMURCHIE
21. Adam AINSLIE
1. Ross CLARK
2. Ross SMITH
5. Jack STARK
8. McKenzie ORWIN
9. Calum YIN
10. Damon KENNY
11. Haydn CLARKSON
12. Argyll GRAHAM
14. Ryan SIBBALD
15. Niall BRUCE
Star Player
Townhill FC
Aberdour SDC
Ben Woodfine - A solid defensive display with a goal thrown in for good measure. You can’t ask for more than that!
Damon Kenny – A lively performance throughout, and only denied a goal by some heroics from the ‘keeper.
Magic Moment
Townhill FC
Aberdour SDC
Home Magic Moment – A superb chip from Gregor Macdonald for his second, and his teams fifth of the afternoon.
A well taken penalty from Ewan Sutherland. Low into the bottom corner, sending the ‘keeper the wrong way.
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