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Comeback keeps Drum on a run

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Drumchapel United Under 21s
Bonnyton Thistle Under 21s
Competition: Golden Goals Cup - Quarter Final
Venue: Donald Dewar Leisure Centre
Date: 21/04/2012
Drumchapel progressed to their first domestic semi final in 6 years with a hard fought battle against First Division side Bonnyton Thistle.  The match turned out to be truly a game of two halves with the visitors comfortably two goals up at half time.
The opening half was full of frustration for the home side as time after time possession was gifted away.  Bonnyton set out their system to play back to front and for long spells this was working perfectly for them with striker Ablorh causing the Drumchapel all kinds of problems.  Despite this, Drumchapel had a couple of early chances themselves. Young was found in the box 7 yards out but his effort was charged down and deflected for a corner.  Soon after Tiffney had a superb twist and shot in the area but this was well saved by Watt in goal.
The visitors were gifted the lead after 15 minuted. O'Boyle played the ball out to Davies on the left and the full back fired the pass back. After O'Boyle mis-controlled, Ablorh was in like a flash to win the tackle and then roll the ball into the unguarded net.  If this wasn't the shock that the home side needed then this certainly arrived after 20 minutes when Bonnyton doubled their lead.  A long ball was cleared to the left but only to Bonnyton's Hamilton who screamed his effort high past O'Boyle from 25 yards before being piled on by his team-mates.
As half time approached, the home side looked as if they were struggling to put any pressure on Watt's goal until a series of corners started creating a couple of opportunities.  Boyle had a great chance at the back post to pull a goal back but steered his header wide.  With 4 minutes remaining until half time, Drumchapel suffered another huge blow when top scorer Ryan Tiffney had to be stretchered off with a suspected dislocated ankle.  There was a time delay to move Tiffney off the pitch as he waited for the ambulance so both teams decided to call it half time early.  
Despite being 2-0, Drumchapel saw the delay as the ideal opportunity to re-group and remind the side of the importance of the next 45 minutes. With the league title already lost, the two cup competitions were all Drumchapel had to play for to gain silverware.
HT: Drumchapel United 0-2 Bonnyton Thistle
The response from the home side was outstanding and Drumchapel dominated most of the second half with O'Boyle having very little to do.  The Bonnyton goal was constantly under pressure with Danny Boyle taking the game by the scruff of the neck and winning every aerial battle despite constant pressure from two defenders marking him.  Hunter, who had replaced Tiffney moved to the right allowing Kerrigan to play further forward.  Drumchapel pulled a goal back within 8 minutes of the second half. A cross from the left by Young was met at the back post by skipper Boyle to nod the ball into the net.
Drumchapel then pushed hard for the equaliser and Young almost grabbed it when played into the box but his attempt to lob Watt was not high enough and the keeper grabbed the ball.  The equaliser did come soon after when Hunter linked up with Young and the versatile player hammered his effort from the right side of the box into the opposite top corner leaving Watt with no chance.
The game then moved from end to end and although Drumchapel saw most of the ball, Bonnyton were still dangerous in feeding the ball forward looking for the power and pace of Ablorh could have caused MacFarlane and Docherty problems.  At the other end, the movement of Young and Kerrigan with support from Cross and Hunter was causing problems for the visitors.  
With time ticking toward a penalty shoot-out, Drumchapel replaced Cross with Monti allowing Young to drop back to the left.  With just three minutes left Drumchapel completed the remarkable turn-around. Kerrigan gained possession and drove toward goal before sliding the ball to Hunter. Hunter then squared the ball across goal an Young came in from the  left to meet the ball perfectly at the back post and slot the ball into the net.  Monti almost increased the lead moments later after twisting and turning in the area before seeing his final effort blocked.
Drumchapel held on to progress to the last four joining Campsie Black Watch in the semi finals and will await the draw which also includes South Camlachie/Glasgow Amateurs and Neilston/Hillwood/Baillieston Juniors.
FT: Drumchapel United 3-2 Bonnyton Thistle
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