A single shoot-out save from Kyle Fullerton was enough to see Syngenta Juveniles triumph over Currie Star and book their place in the sixth round of the Scottish Cup. 120 minutes couldn’t separate the teams in a tense and physical match that failed to produce a goal. Instead, it was Fullerton’s fantastic save low to his right to deny a well-struck Jake Henderson penalty that proved to be the difference between the teams.
It was a fitting conclusion to a tie that, from almost the first minute, had the making of a match that would take a moment of individual quality to settle. It was the away side that started the better of the two teams; their high intensity and high pressure meant that Syngenta were never able to settle into their rhythm and as such were limited in first half opportunities to a couple of set pieces that were comfortably dealt with by a commanding defence.
Rather, it was Currie who created what little goalmouth action there was in a stop start first half. Good play on the edge of the Syngenta box allowed Domenico Pacitti to get in behind the defence but he scuffed his right footed shot from an angle harmlessly across goal and behind.
Both Sean Watt and Jackson Barker saw long range efforts miss the target before positive play by Samer Lazim saw him deflect an attempted Fullerton clearance into the path of teammate Calum McDonald but his first time effort under pressure from 20 yards sailed over with the keeper stranded.