Dominic Croy’s first half strike was enough to see Syngenta Juveniles overcome Glenboig United in a tense and fiery Scottish Cup Quarter Final at Little Kerse.
His goal proved to be the decisive moment in a match in which both Goalkeepers were called into action on numerous occasions.
Right from the off, both teams showed their intent to go out and win the match; a long range Croy effort fizzed just over Glenboig ‘keeper James Whyte’s crossbar whilst his opposite number Kyle Fullerton had to be quick to clear his lines as attackers Thomas Cochrane and Paul Archibald put him under pressure.
The rest of the first half continued in much the same vein with Syngenta creating the clearer goal scoring opportunities, but Glenboig continued to look extremely dangerous on the counter – particularly through the pacey Cochrane. If it wasn’t for the exceptional defending of Blair Philips in particular, then Glenboig surely would have threatened Fullerton’s goal on more occasions.
For Syngenta, Scott Munro thought he had scored when he slotted the ball past the outrushing Whyte but his effort was hooked off the line by a last ditch clearance. Defender Jack Henderson also came close when he headed just over from a free kick.
Eventually, indecisiveness at the heart of Glenboig’s defence allowed Croy to dispossess the defender and nip in to score low at the near post in what proved to be the match’s most vital moment.
Glenboig’s heads didn’t drop though; just minutes later a fantastic moment of individual brilliance from Declan Gallagher saw him bring the ball down, beat a man and play in Cochrane over the top. Despite being through on goal, the bouncing ball wouldn’t sit down for him and as a result he couldn’t keep his first time effort under the crossbar.