Jan 10 2012 Perthshire Advertiser Tuesday
JEANFIELD Swifts were at home to Camelon in the second round of the East of Scotland Cup.
The super league side swept into the attack from the kick off and after four minutes, they won a corner which was hit into the goalmouth and caused a real stramash with the ball bobbing about inches away from the goal line before being cleared by Mark Gordon.
Minutes later, Camelon came close again when Craig Young had a chance but Swifts keeper Mark Mitchell saved his close range effort at the near post.
Swifts after 12 minutes in what was their first attack of the game shocked their visitors when they took the lead.
Ross Gunnion started the move when he won the ball on the corner of Swifts penalty box.
He broke down the left and then found Robbie Holden who touched the ball on to fellow striker John Anderson, he in turn played it out to Gavin Mackie who was about to connect with the ball just inside the penalty box when he was brought down for a penalty which was converted by Tony Holt.
Camelon had hardly got over the shock of being a goal behind when Swifts increased their lead to 2–0 ten minutes later when a great move involving Tony Holt, Robbie Holden and Gavin Mackie, was finished off by John Anderson who beat the keeper from close range.
Camelon strived hard to reduce the leeway before the break but it didn’t happen.
Two minutes into the second half they went further behind when Gavin Mackie crashed a 25 yard free kick into the top corner of their net to make it 3–0.
Camelon shook off this further setback and strived hard to get back into the game and in 58 minutes they were rewarded when Craig Young picked up the ball and went on to weave his way past three opponents before laying the ball off to Steven Knox who slotted it past keeper Mark Mitchell from close range.
Swifts were dealt a blow when their skipper John Anderson had to go off with a hamstring injury he was replaced by Kevin Fowler.
Camelon’s spirits were lifted by their goal and they had Swifts pretty much on the back foot.
In the 74th they got the breakthrough they were striving for with a second goal.
A corner was headed down by their centre half into the path of Colin Allison who had come on as a sub and he beat Mark Mitchell from close range to make it 3–2.
Swifts, apart from a few sporadic forays on the Camelon goal, were now pretty much on the defensive. However, as the game moved into stoppage time, it looked as if they were going to make the next round but in the 95th minute a last ditch attack on Swifts goal by Camelon saw a low ball crossed in from their left to Blair Batchelor at the back post from where he shot it past Mark Mitchell into the back of the net for what was a very late equaliser.
A minute later the referee blew for time up and it was a penalty shoot out that would decide the tie. Unfortunately for Swifts they lost out 4–2.
Swifts boss Scott Brown said after the game: “The players are absolutely gutted at losing but all credit to them as they turned in a sterling performance against a top Super League side.”In the Central League Kinnoull were at home to Lochore Welfare and they went into the game with the knowledge that a win would see them leapfrog over Jeanfield and return to the top spot in the league table.
Form certainly predicted that they should do just that but it didn’t happen as they were surprisingly held to a 1–1 draw in what was a rather dour encounter.
Kinnoull came close to taking the lead after eight minutes when Chris Webster hit a free kick into the heart of the Lochore penalty box where it was met by Richard Doig.
His header seemed netbound but it hit the post and went out.
Kinnoull however went ahead a few minutes later. Richard Doig was again involved when he was fouled on the edge of the penalty box.
Chris Webster for a second time took the free kick which hit the defensive wall and rebounded into the path of Gary Fraser who made no mistake from 15 yards.
Seven minutes later Lochore got the equaliser which Kinnoull were none too happy about.
The referee signalled that Kinnoull’s Mark Duigan had fouled the Lochore striker Brett McGuire in the penalty box but he applied the advantage rule and allowed the striker to carry on.
He went past keeper Duncan Bruce who had come off his line and he shot for goal but Mark Duigan got back in time to clear the ball off the goal line but the referee ordered the penalty kick to be taken which was difficult to understand. Lee Reid made no mistake with the spot kick to make it 1–1.
Kinnoull dominated the second half and both David Carr and Keith Dewar failed to put away really good chances.
The game was going into its final minutes when both sides had chances that could have won them the game.
The first fell to Lochore’s Paul Duncan but his shot from around the penalty spot was brilliantly saved by keeper Duncan Bruce.
As the game went in to injury time a corner from Chris Webster was headed wide by Neil Gardiner and seconds later the referee blew for time up.
Bankfoot were away to championship chasing Dundonald and in 15 minutes it was a brilliant save from striker Sean O’Neil by keeper Chipper Whyte that denied the Fifers from taking the lead.
Chipper excelled again when he touched a 25 yard volley from Steven Page over the bar.
Bankies best chance came in 30 minutes when they won a free kick which Danny Dobbie fired into the goalmouth.
Keeper Lennox came out to grab the ball but it squirmed away from him and it fell to Alan Stewart whose shot from six yards hit a defender when he should have done better, not that that would have mattered as the referee for some reason awarded a free kick against him.
The interval was only a couple of minutes away when Dundonald scored what ultimately proved to be the winner. Steve Page hit a cross into the Bankies penalty box where it was met by Sean O’Neil. His shot was on target but Chipper dived and blocked the ball but it broke away from him and Derek Wallace following up cracked it into the back of the net.
The second half had only gone a couple of minutes when Bankies almost squared the game.
Bally Whytock met a cross from Shaun Fergus and his cracking shot was right on target but was well saved by the keeper.
There was a let off for Bankies midway through the half when a Sean O’Neil header hit the bar.
Bankies almost snatched the equaliser when they threw everything at their opponents goal in the last minutes but Danny Dobbie’s shot was cleared off the goal line by defender Dave Droudge and Bankies ended the day empty handed.
Luncarty were away to championship chasing Lochgelly Albert and this game was goalless until the 65th minute.
It was at this point that Lochgelly broke the deadlock when they were awarded a penalty which was converted by Steve Brown and this goal opened the floodgates for the Albert as they went on to score five more goals without any reply from the Bleachers.
The game finished a personal triumph for the Lochgelly striker Darren Seath as he scored four of his side's goals. Willie Telford was their other scorer.
SATURDAY’S results: East of Scotland Cup second round – Jeanfield Swifts 3, Camelon 3 (Camelon won 4–2 on penalties); Central League – Kinnoull 1, Lochore Welfare 1; Dundonald Bluebell 1, Bankfoot Athletic 0; Lochgelly Albert 6, Luncarty 0; North League – Blairgowrie1, Forfar Albion 0; Match off – Coupar Angus v Lochee Harp.
THIS week’s fixtures: East of Scotland Cup second round – Kinnoull v Musselburgh; Central League – Jeanfield Swifts v Kirkcaldy YM; Bankfoot Athletic v Crossgates Primrose; Luncarty v Rosyth; North League – Blairgowrie v Lochee Harp; Kirrie Thistle v Coupar Angus.