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Ballieston Juniors 4

Paterson (2), Fraser, Dickson

EKFC Gold 1

  • Sunday, 19 January 2014
  • Stepford Football Centre
  • Under 19´s
  • West Region Cup

Forde McGhee | YFS West Region Journalist
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Ballieston went in to their Regional Cup clash with EKFC Gold knowing they could take the East Kilbride club the whole way after narrowly being defeated by them late on in the 2-1 league encounter the week before. An early lead and some poor defending from the Gold's gave Ballieston hope that they could book their place in the next round and the ruthless home side did that defeating their rivals 4-1 in the end.
Ballieston came out the traps flying and took a very early lead when a ball across goal which was defended poorly by EK resulted in the cross being met by Ballie forward Stephen Paterson who turned it in to the back of the net to break the deadlock early on in this highly awaited cup tie.
After that wake up call EK Gold started to try and play some of the great passing football they are well known for but it just wasn't their day as silly error's were costing the Gold's possession of the ball and that is usually when they are most dangerous.
The visitors did however come close to pulling a goal back when Ryan McEwan picked out a great run from Steven Oates who then raced through on goal but blasted his shot wide of the right hand post and out for a goal kick.
The battle in the middle of the park was being hugely contested by both sides at this halfway point in the first half but while both sides were focusing on trying to control the middle of the park the home team added another to their tally this time through a fantastic strike from the edge of the box coming from Nicky Fraser.
The Gold's were looking to hold out to half time as nothing was seeming to go right for them in this first half and you could see frustration was starting to get to them but just as they were trying to see out the last couple of minutes Ballieston chipped in and made their half time team talk even worse when they added a third with Stephen Paterson finishing well to grab his second on the day.
  • Half Time:
  • Ballieston Juniors
  • 3-0
  • EKFC Gold
The second half wasn't short on controversy and drama from the very start.
Firstly EK thought they had pulled a goal back when Steven Oates fires the ball in to the top right hand corner, All EK coaches and fans thought it was in and started to celebrate but the referee judged it to have hit the framework of the goal and came back out without the whole ball crossing the line so no goal was given to EK's disbelief.
Five minutes later the game was stopped for a few minutes when Ballieston goalscorer Nicky Fraser was down injured in some pain after a clash with a EK player. The big striker couldn't continue and had to be carried off.
After all the drama the game took a quiet spell for a little while with both teams trying to get back in to their own way of playing. It was Ballieston who reacted quicker though and put the game to bed when a free kick wasn't defended properly from EK and that led to Dale Dickson knocking home at the back post to make it 4-0 to the hosts.
EK then started to create loads of chances on goal but it was too late as the visitors could never score 4 goals in the amount of time left. They did however manage to pull one goal back from the penalty spot. Steven Oates stepped up confidently and blasted home to give the visitors a consolation goal. However, that is all it was as the home side saw the rest of the game out and booked their place deservedly in the next round of the Regional Cup.
Next up for Baillieston is a tricky third round tie against Johnstone Burgh.
  • Full Time:
  • Ballieston Juniors
  • 4-1
  • EKFC Gold


Ballieston Juniors
1. Stephen Thompson
2. David Hunter
3. Craig McIntyre
4. John Dickson
5. Ged Gallagher
6. James McLaughlin
7. Connor Brannigan
8. Chris Watson
9. Dale Dickson
10. Josh Robertson
11. Stephen Paterson
12. Lee Martin
13. Declyn Brown
15. Nicky Fraser
16. Ryan Cox
17. Scott MacPherson
1. Jacob Kean
2. Ross McKechnie
3. Lee Ferguson
4. Craig Howie
5. Paul O'Kane
6. Paul Connolly
7. Raymond Lynch
8. Jack Henderson
9. Steven Oates
10. Ryan McEwan
11. Jordan Craig
12. Liam Feeney
14. Michael Devine
15. Ross Smith
18. Ross Maxwell
19.Cameron Smith
Star Player
Ballieston Juniors
Stephen Paterson's finishing was deadly on the day and that made them Ballie's main man.
The partnership between Ryan McEwan and Steven Oates was fantastic and they would be annoyed they didn't score more goals on the day.
Magic Moment
Ballieston Juniors
Stephen Paterson's deadly strike from the edge of the box.
On a frustrating day for the Gold's there magic moment reflects that as Steven Oates brilliantly struck shot which went in and bounced out in my opinion wasn't even given and didn't count as a goal.
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