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Scottish Cup last 16 action from Duddingston Park may have had a delayed kick off but there was no delay in action. Holy Rood came out the blocks very well and managed to net 3 times in the opening half courtesy of Benji Edwards Double and Joseph Musayka giving the home side a 3-0 lead at the interval.
In the second half Largs posed more of a threat and persistence was awarded when they got a goal back with around 10 minutes to go. Although it proved to be a consolation as the match fizzled out to a 3-1 finish
The match started in typical cup fashion with plenty of pace and enthusiasm displayed by both. The first half chance of the match fell to Holyrood, 6 minutes in, with a nice run from right back Jamie Henderson who delivered a teasing ball to the back post which was met by Peter Wood. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough power on the volley to trouble goalkeeper Scott Campbell.
The first goal of the match came after 12 minutes; a corner aimed to the front post fell kindly to Benji Edwards who needed the slightest of contacts to poke the ball past the goalkeeper and into the bottom right hand corner. Holy Rood were a goal to the good.
It only took 5 more minutes for the next goal of the match, again to the home side. Sean Alexander played a cross field ball to Joseph Musayka who displayed great strength to shrug off the right back and his shot looped over the goalkeeper into the inside netting at the back post.
Holy Rood kept the momentum going and could have easily made it 3. Darren Gallagher showed a willingness to get forward from left back and delivered a cutback to Peter Wood whose miss-hit shot fell kindly to Benji Edwards. Unfortunately for him his tame shot was right at Scott Campbell in the Largs goal.
The lead was increased to 3-0 with about 10 minutes before half time. Jordan Sinclair produced some fancy footwork in the area and his left foot shot was being sized up by the goalkeeper until Benji Edwards, with the slightest of touches, re-directed the ball into the net.
Half Time: Holy Rood HS 3-0 Largs Academy
The second half lacked chances of any sorts until about 15 minutes in, when Largs had a glorious opportunity to get them back into the game. George Donaldson produced a brilliant ball for team mate Jake Chalmers whose well struck volley was brilliantly saved from Neil Fairnie in the Holy Rood goal
Holy Rood replied well and Jordan Sinclair nearly made it 4. He picked the ball up from around 30 yards, beat his man, got the ball onto his left foot and his low shot beat the goalkeeper. However, it just shaved past the right hand post.
Largs again looked set to pull one back had it not been for the gaping figure in the Holy Rood net. A brilliant swivel in the box from Chris Monk as he switched the ball onto is left foot. From 12 yards his shot, which looked net bound, produced an outstanding save from keeper Neil Fairnie.
Largs finally did find a way past the home keeper with around 11 minutes to go. A great through ball from Chris Monk released George Donaldson who managed to touch it past the goalkeeper and slot the ball into an empty net.
The Edinburgh side now await news of who will visit in the last eight. St. Ambrose HS (Coatbridge), St.Andrew's Academy (Paisley) or Duncanrig Secondary (East Kilbride) will visit the capital once the backlogged fixtures are completed.
Full Time: Holy Rood HS 3-1 Largs Academy