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Broxburn book semi final spot after come back against Antonine

Antonine Blacks 2

McMillan 33, Graham 88

Broxburn Athletic Colts 3

Turner 59, 69, 82
  • Sunday, 08 February 2015
  • Mercland Recreation Centre
  • Under 19´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup - Quarter Final
Antonine Blacks of the Glasgow and District league hosted Broxburn Athletic Colts, who were flying the flag for West Lothian in the Under 19's national competition after Gartcairn were knocked out by East End the previous week. Both sides sit at the top of their respective leagues, with Antonine having playing eleven games, winning ten and drawing one. Where as Broxburn have played seven, winning six and drawing one. 
I'm sure both sides knew that they would be in for a very tough battle, in particular Broxburn, as they took on an Antonine side who have seen a lot of success in this competition over the years. 
The game began at a very fast pace and inside the first minute Craig Livingston in the away sides goal had to be out quickly off his line to claim the ball ahead of the Antonine striker. 
Livingstone was forced into making a good save no less than a minute later from Antonine's Aaron Graham. 
It was Broxburn who were next to come close, as the ever dangerous Jonni Turner saw his effort take a deflection into the path of Scott Wright in the home goal who smothered his effort.
Aaron Graham then had an effort which fizzed wide of the Broxburn up right, however Livingstone seemed to have it covered. 
Broxburn were gifted an excellent chance to go ahead, when Jonni Turner floated in an excellent cross which found the un-marked Ross Nimmo at the back post, who unfortunately couldn't connect with the cross. 
Broxburn then had a further two efforts coming from Scott Lochrie and Turner on eleven and fourteen minutes, however they failed to really trouble the home sides keeper.
Antonine began to take control of the game, always looking very dangerous when going forward, especially down the right hand side. The home side came close on two occassions from cross balls, unfortunately for them the resulting headers sailed over the Broxburn crossbar. 
With Antonine pressing high into the away sides half it was no surprise that they took the lead on thirty three minutes, as the ball dropped just inside the eighteen yard line to the unmarked Daryl McMillan, who's volley flew through a ruck of players and into the net, giving the home side the lead. 
Euan Urquhart of Antonine who continually put in good deliveries to the Broxburn box then forced Livingston into making a good save, tipping the ball over for bar for a corner. 
Broxburn did not let their heads drop after going behind and Jamie Henderson saw the home keeper get down well to save his effort on thirty seven minutes. 
The away side were dealt a big blow when their captain Scott Lochrie took a sore one in a challenge, he was replaced by Jordan Sweeney. 
On the stroke of half time Jonni Turner saw his free kick saved as he looked to find the back of the Antonine net, however Wright gathered the attempt and the referee blew for half time. 
  • Half Time:
  • Antonine Blacks
  • 1-0
  • Broxburn Athletic Colts
The second half began with Broxburn really getting into their opponents faces, as they seemed to have put a bit more urgency into their play as they looked to get back on level terms, thankfully for them Lochrie was able to come back on at half time.  
Broxburn did indeed get themselves level on fifty nine minutes, however the goal did have a lot of people at the time, including myself very confused. The linesman appeared to have raised his flag for offside, failing to realise that the ball had actually came off an Antonine player, before quickly putting his flag back down. The Antonine players paused, however Jonni Turner done as he should have and continued his run into the Antonine box before placing his effort past Wright in the home goal, game on.
The equaliser gave Broxburn a bigger boost and they went in search of a second. 
On sixty seven minutes Ross Nimmo dispossesed his marker and the pacey striker bore down on the Antonine goal, coming one on one with Wright, who was forced into making an excellent save and preventing Broxburn from getting a second. I had myself thinking that the missed opportunity could come back to haunt Broxburn
However, two minutes later Broxburn earned a free kick around twenty five yards out. Leon Gopal stepped up and hit a fantastic shot over the Antonine wall, Scott Wright got down to save the effort, however Jonni Turner was there to follow up and he slotted home to put the away side 2-1 ahead, sending the away contingent berserk.
Antonine then went in search of an equaliser, coming close with efforts from Urquhart, Nixon and Grey, 
Livingstone made the save of the match on seventy nine minutes, showing excellent reactions to put Nixon's effort over the bar, one for the cameras. 
Broxburn however did keep pressing Antonine also and on eighty two minutes out stretced Nimmo to intercept a pass from the Antonine defence, he looked up before passing to Lochrie who drove in on the Antonine box before playing through Turner and it was no surprise that he made no mistake in finding the back of the Antonine net. 
Antonine went on the offence now, really trying hard to get themselves back in the match. 
On eighty eight minutes they were given the perfect opportunity to get themselves a second when they were awarded a penalty as Marcus Millar was adjudged to have fouled the Antonine striker. Unfortunately for Millar who was otherwise excellent, was also shown a red card. Aaron Graham stepped up and lashed his penalty home. 
Now with Broxburn down to ten men, it was certainly ideal for Antonine who were looking for an equaliser as the game began injury time.
But, no less than two minutes later, Antonine were also down to ten men when Ryan Forrester was sent off. 
With both teams now with ten men Broxburn managed to see the match out and booked themselves a place in the semi final, much to the delight of their players, coaches and supporters. 
A very good game between two great sides. Antonine were the better team in the first half as they controlled the match, looking very dangerous going forward and they limited Broxburn's chances. But, Broxburn managed to turn it around in the second half and put on a great show to advance to the next round. A great achievement for them, putting out the holders, a team who continually perform year after year in this competition. 
  • Full Time:
  • Antonine Blacks
  • 2-3
  • Broxburn Athletic Colts


Antonine Blacks
Broxburn Athletic Colts
1. Scott Wright
2. Euan Urquhart
3. Calum Campbell
4. Christopher Dooley
5. Liam Deane
7. Ryan Forrester
9. Andrew Nixon
10. David Seagrave
11. Jay Burns
14. Sam Gallacher
15. Bradley Grey
16. Scott Holms
18. Daryl McMillan
19. Andy Mcelhill
20. Andrew Gavin
1. Craig Livingstone
2. Jame McGregor
3. Marcus Millar
4. Ryan Lees
5. Jordan Grieve
6. Leon Gopal
7. Ross Nimmo
8. Greg Sneddon
9. Kyle Gray
10. Scott Lochrie
11. Jonni Turner
12. Lamin Touray
14. Jamie Henderson
15. Jordan Sweeney
16. Fraser Cormack
17. Kyle Butt
Star Player
Antonine Blacks
Broxburn Athletic Colts
Andrew Nixon for Antonine was always looking very dangerous, he came close on a few occasions and looked a constant threat to the Broxburn defence.
Broxburn danger man Jonni Turner was outstanding, scoring a hat trick in the quarter final of the national cup says it all.
Magic Moment
Antonine Blacks
Broxburn Athletic Colts
McMillan's opener was a great striker, he caught it sweat and gave Livingstone no chance.
The third goal was superb, Nimmo showed great determination to intercept the ball, Lochrie then showed great vision to play in Turner, who in turn had an equally great finish.
Club Views
Antonine Blacks
Broxburn Athletic Colts
Antonine coach Ian Forrester:
"I thought we were in control of the game first half, however our lack of match sharpness due to the lack of game time over the festive period showed. In the second half we struggled to keep control of the game, however we hope to bounce back from this and get back to our normal level of performance."
Broxburn coach Darren Pegg:
"We were slightly fortunate to still be in the game at half time. I said to the boys at half time to forget their nerves and enjoy the match and express themselves. They are an exceptionally talented group of boys. In the second half they believed in themselves and started to impost themselves on the game, they showed tremendous character and fight to progress in the cup. Antonine are the best side we have played this season and we are to delighted we competed throughout with them and came away with an excellent result."
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