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Southside edged out Culter in a pulsating cup tie at St Josephs Academy. Southside came out of the traps quickly and scored after only 19 seconds on the clock. Roy Barr raced clean through down the left hand side and from the edge of the area he chipped the advancing goalkeeper to give the hosts a dream start. Three minutes later Southside doubled their lead when Scott McLean danced past the Culter right right back and calmly poked the ball beyond David Dey in the Culter goal into the bottom corner. Things nearly got worse for the visitors in the 6th minute as a sensational through ball from Ross Black pierced the Culter backline and found Scott McLean completely unmarked 10 yards out from goal but his effort was well saved by Dey.
The visitors were shell-shocked and left stunned by the whirlwind start Southside had made but they quickly regrouped and gained a foothold in this tie. Culter created their first opening in the 15th minute when Aidan Combe headed over Greg Smith's cross from 6 yards. A minute later, Combe lashed a 25 yard effort well wide and 60 seconds later the visitors had a good looking penalty appeal turned down by the referee. However, in the 20th minute Culter got their reward for their pressure. Zack Griffiths dispossessed the Southside right back and set up Declan Milne to unleash a thunderous 25 yard strike into the roof of the net.
Culter continued to push forward and grabbed an equaliser in the 28th minute. A deep free kick was floated into the Southside box by Paul Weston and Combe leapt the highest to guide a looping 8 yard header back across goal and into the net to restore parity. The miraculous comeback was nearly completed in the 33rd minute but after some slack home defending, Griffiths could only shoot into the arms of Craig Spiers from 14 yards and a minute later Spiers had to be alert to save at the feet of Milne.
The game opened up and both sides looked for the all important next goal before half time to swing the perfectly poised tie in their favour. A moment of magic was needed and it was conjured up by Roy Barr of Southside in the 37th minute. Barr crashed a superb swerving shot from 25 yards off the Culter crossbar and 30 seconds later picked up possession 8 yards from goal. With his back to goal and two Culter defenders closely marking him there seemed to be little danger for the visitors but Barr muscled his way to the edge of the 6 yard box, flicked the ball into the air and sent an incredible overhead kick across the goalkeeper that nestled into the bottom corner to restore the lead for Southside before the break.
Half Time: Southside FC 3-2 Culter Boys
Southside started the second half as well as the first period. Barr rolled a 16 yard shot a foot wide of Dey's post and Black fired a 20 yard effort in the first five minutes of the half. In the 54th minute, Stuart Charleton headed straight at the keeper from 6 yards for Southside but two minutes later the hosts restored their two goal cushion. Scott McLean surged clear down the left wing and into the penalty area where he squared the ball to Roy Barr who slotted the ball past Day for his hat-trick. Culter had it all to do again but they were up for the challenge.
Aidan Combe missed a glorious chance for Culter from 6 yards when Spiers parried an effort straight into his path but fluffed his opening in the 62nd minute. Four minutes later, Combe chested the ball down to Stuart McNicholas 12 yards from goal but the midfielder blazed his golden opportunity over the crossbar. In the 67th minute, Spiers made a terrific quadruple save to keep the visitors out. Spiers palmed a fizzing 20 yard shot into the air and then saw off the aerial challenge of McNicholas by punching the ball off his head. However, the ball broke to another Culter player 6 yards from goal but his attempt was saved by the outstretched leg of Spiers and then the Southside goalkeeper held on to another close range effort from Culter. Somehow Southside survived that flurry of goal mouth activity and were very much hanging on at this stage of the game.
Spiers was called into action again when he blocked Greg Smith's 10 yard effort with just under 10 minutes to play. Southside thought they had put the tie beyond doubt five minutes from time when Scott McLean cut inside from the left and rattled an effort from the edge of the box off the upright. Culter did set up a nervy finale when the scored in the final minute. Kevin Watson latched onto a long goal kick and wriggled his way to the by-line where Michael Holland was on hand at the near post to squeeze home his cut back. However, it proved too little too late for Culter and Southside held onto the win to progress to the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup.
It was an enthralling cup tie that flowed from end to end. Southside played some wonderful passing football in the opening 20 minutes of each half and full credit has to be given to Culter who made a contest of it and continued to battle despite being 2-0 down after 4 minutes. Culter can trvel back up to Aberdeen with their heads held up high and can be proud of their effort.
Full Time: Southside FC 4-3 Culter Boys