I don\'t think Cathkin Park in the South Side of Glasgow will have witnessed such a good game in it\'s 130 odd year history.
In glorious conditions, EK took the league in what could have been described as against the run of play. The JJA equalised through Michael Garrity with a neatly worked corner kick.
For some reason, slack defending and good play on behalf of EK, The Academy found themselves down 4-1 at half-time.
Showing a great determination and never say die attitude The Academy scored 4 in the second half, through Reilly,McMonagle(2) and Stefan with a last minute winner.
Great result for the Jimmy Johnstone Academy and a good performance from both teams.
Harestanes 3 Dalziel 1
Harestanes secured their place in the quarter finals of the West of Scotland Cup with a hard fought victory against Dalziel. Harestanes started the better side but lost their way after ten or so minutes. All credit to the visitors who harried and chased them, never allowing any time to settle. They struggled badly and were given a right bawling-out by the manager at half time. He demanded they show their character and raise their game.
From the kick-off Harestanes went on the offensive and had Dalziel under pressure. However the cracks began to appear. Weak defending gave the visitors a chance but they shot wide when they could have done better. Dalziel came more and more into the game and put themselves ahead. Their number nine played his way through three Harestanes defenders and sent a low shot into the left hand corner. For the rest of the half the Hares were pulled all ways and could not get themselves going. They did come close to an equaliser when Broadfoot had a great chance but could only hit the outside of the post. Half time and Harestanes were simply not in the game. Two players only, McClune and Black, were deserving of passmarks.
The second half was a different story as Dalziel ran out of steam and Harestanes upped their game to run out deserved winners. Cairney came close with a shot which cannoned off the post. The equaliser came from good play by McClune. He won the ball, passed on for Black to play in Fitzsimmons. A twist or two in the box and the ball was rolling in under the keeper. Cairney and Broadfoot were both denied by excellent pushovers by the keeper. Good play by Black allowed Broadfoot to slip the ball across the box for Fitzsimmons to score his second. A touch on the ball and a shot which blasted in off the underside of the bar. He completed the hat-trick when McRae held the ball at the corner flag to run down the clock in injury time. He came away with it, played in for McDonnell to cross for Fitzsimmons who headed in.
Harestanes next fixture is away to Greenock HSFP in the 7th round of the Scottish Cup on March 7th at Battery Park
Scottish Amateur Cup 5th rd replay
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 1 v 2 Wishaw High School FPs
Home side opened the scoring when a long throw in was not dealt with at The FPs back post and Blair McPake was allowed time to turn 8 yards out and his well hit shot put the home side 1-0 up. The lead was short lived however and FPs captain Ally Wilson nodded a long throw in from Mark Brady high into the net to level at 1-1. Both sides squandered decent chances to go ahead before the interval.
FPs got the winner mid-way through the 2nd period when yet another long throw in caused havoc in the home defence with James Hall lashing the ball home from 6 yards out when it fell kindly at his feet. Excellent battling display from us in the last 20 minutes after going down to 10 men when one of our subs was ordered off having only been on the park some 5 minutes. Inverkeithing threw the kichen sink at us in the last 10 minutes but thankfuly we managed to keep them out to set up a local derby on Saturday against Dalziel HSFPs over there in round 6. Best of luck to Inverkeithing for the rest of the season.
Away to Dalziel HSFP in round 6
Bannockburn 4 Harestanes 4 (AET)
(Harestanes won 3-0 on penalties)
Harestanes won their way into the last 16 of the West of Scotland Cup after a humdinger of tie away to Bannockburn. This was a game of changes with Bannockburn getting off to the better start.
Within minutes of the kick-off they were one up. Evans gave away a free kick, the ball sailed into the box and the home player get a flick to score with Harestanes static. Shortly after they extended the lead with a break down the left. The ball was sent low across the box for and the number nine placed it in. At this point Harestanes were all over the place and struggling to get into the game.
As time went on, Harestanes rallied and attacked Bannockburn for the rest of the match. They were content to sit on their lead. They got everyone behind the ball and attacked only on the break. Questionable refereeing did not help the Harestanes cause. They were denied two stonewall penalties and THREE good looking goals. Cairney was through on the keeper and chopped down from the back. Penalty or what? Harestanes did manage an acceptable goal in the thirty-first minute when Young headed a Welsh cross into the right corner. From here on the Hares. dominated without looking to score totally undeniable goals. Young did manage to get the ball in the net but was deemed offside.
This continued into the second half with almost constant Harestanes pressure and two chopped off goals and another penalty denied. Harestanes finally managed to post a goal minutes into time added on with Welsh heading home in a crowded box.
Harestanes went ahead in the first period of extra time. Fitzsimmons collected around 25 yards out and screamed an absolute beauty into the roof off the net. Harestanes went further ahead following good interplay between McCambley and Cairney with Cairney’s shot pushed out by the keeper for McCambley to score.
With 15 minutes to go it all looked cut and dry. Bannockburn were awarded a penalty to pull one back. They were then given a free-kick which was deflected in by the unlucky Hamilton.
Penalties decided the outcome. Bannockburn hit the post, McClune scored for Harestanes . O’Boyle saved for Harestanes, Oliver scored. O’Boyle again saved for Harestanes, Fitzsimmons buried the decider into the top of the net.
Back to league business for Harestanes this weekend away to Eastfield