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Blantyre battle to secure Scottish Cup win over Johnstone

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Blantyre BC
Jimmy Johnstone Academy
U15's Trans World Soccer SYFA Cup R2
09 October 2013
Blantyre recorded another Scottish Cup victory with a dramatic 3-2 win over Jimmy Johnstone Academy Under 15s. Having gone 2 goals down within 15 minutes, this was an uphill battle for the home side, who are unbeaten in an impressive start to their season. 
It took some time for the Yellows to adjust to the visitors' flexible use of an extra man in midfield and it was this numerical advantage in the centre that resulted in the first goal. The whites over-ran the midfield and shot past Jason in the Blantyre goal. A disappointing start which was to get even worse just minutes later when Jimmy Johnstone Academy struck again after some hesitancy at the back from the Boys' Club. Blantyre 0 - 2 Jimmy Johnstone Academy. 
The visitors looked strong and determined to win as Blantyre struggled to find a shape that suited the opposition. The 2nd goal acted as a sharp kick in the tail, though, and the ever able Luke "Funky" McKibbin marked the drifting number 4 for the Academy, whose flexible role in the team was causing the home side so many problems. This gained Blantyre more control on the game and resulted in periods of sustained pressure. This paid off when Lee Brown fired home to bring his side right back into the game. Blantyre 1 - 2 Jimmy Johnstone Academy. 
The rest of the half was dominated by Blantyre, with the midfield finally gaining control of the match. Michael McGinty was a constant menace on the left and Robbie worked extremely hard to control the right flank. James O'Donnelly and Callum Munro were now dominating the middle in a way they had struggled to do in the early minutes of the game and were now central to the Yellows dictating play. The back 4 were now looking solid, Reiss Mulvanney and Ryan McGuinness impressive in the centre with Luke McPartlane and Dylan McStravock assured at full back. 
It was the impressive Lee who, again, was to find the net to deservedly take the home team level with 10 minutes remaining of the first half. Blantyre 2 - 2 Jimmy Johnstone Academy. The dominance continued as the visitors struggled to come to terms with what was happening. Blantyre continued to create chances and could have snatched another couple of goals. The half time whistle was as much a disappointment to Blantyre as it was a relief to the Academy.
Half time: Blantyre BC 2-2 Jimmy Johnstone Academy 
The second half was a real contest of determination, heart and desire to win. Both sides emerged from the changing rooms with a place in the next round on their radars, making the remainder of the game a tense and competitive affair. Chances were created at both ends, with the home side having the more clear cut opportunities. Most notable were Lee's chance that clipped the bar and Ryan's "10 bob heid" header from James' corner. Lee did put the Yellows ahead midway through the second half to complete his hat trick and to finish the scoring. Blantyre 3 - 2 Jimmy Johnstone Academy. 
The game continued to be hard fought, but concluded to great rejoicing after 6 minutes of stoppage time.
Full time: Blantyre BC  3-2 Jimmy Johnstone Academy
Jimmy Johnstone Academy are an impressive side who must have felt they had the job done after only 10 minutes of their trip to Blantyre, however, that did not take account of the fighting spirit of the Boys Club who do not ever accept defeat. Lesser sides would have folded after losing two early goals to a side as strong as Jinky's Academy. Blantyre Boys Club did not and confidently await the draw for the next round of the national cup competition.
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