ACSC 4 Jeanfield Swifts 0
ACSC took on Jeanfield Swifts in the third round of the North of Tay Cup on Saturday at ‘The Fortress’.
Having won the trophy last season they were intent on making sure their name was in the hat for the draw for the fourth round.
Manager Gunning decided to make a few changes with a number of personnel returning to the fold. The team lined up with Cargill in the goal, a back three of Mattheson, Graham and Gardiner. the midfield was made of guile and graft with McKenzie wide left, R. Swan wide right and Gatrick, Gersok and Jones in the middle. Up top was young gun R. Gillespie and the ‘auld heid’ of Pearson.
The game started well for the home side creating a number of early chances Pearson, Gersok and R. Gillespie all coming close but none of their efforts finding the back of the net.
Although dominating territory and possession the ACSC were finding it difficult in the final third to create the clear cut chances the home fans had become accustomed to and it was proving to be a frustrating afternoon.
However, the homesters were in control of proceedings and with Jeanfield failing to trouble the home defence the ACSC went into the break knowing that the breakthrough would come it was just a matter of when.
Half-time: ACSC 0, Jeanfield Swifts 0.
At the break, manager Gunning told the players to be patient and to keep plugging away but it was Jeanfield that created the first real chance of the half. A deep cross met by the wide man on the half volley and with the goal gaping the Jeanfield player somehow put his effort over. A let off for the ACSC.
Taking heed from this the ACSC went looking for goals and they eventually opened the scoring when R. GILLESPIE curled a beauty into the bottom corner from 18 yards.
Jeanfield looked slightly deflated following this as they had created little to suggest that they could get back into the game. However they almost sneaked a goal at 1-0 Cargill down sharp to save at the feet of the striker. R. GILLESPIE effectively killed off the game when a lovely passage of play involving Gatrick, Pearson and Jones ended with him finding the back of the net with an almost carbon copy of his first.
Manager Gunning made a few substitutions at this point. Gall, Grovez, D. Gillespie and Longmuir joining the action. GALL once again proved what a vital impact player he is for the team grabbing two well taken goals in 10 minutes. The first a bullet header from a corner and the next a sublime finish after a cutback found its way to him. The referee signalled the end of the game soon after with the ACSC progressing to the next round.
Another important win for the ACSC as they look to defend the trophy they worked so hard to win last season. Although not a classic the ACSC looked in control of game throughout and eventually got their rewards during the last quarter of the 90. Well Done lads ... the last 16 draw awaits!
The ACSC are holding a race night next Saturday (November 30) at the club’s main sponsor, The Townhouse Hotel, in aid of club funds. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and all players and supporters are welcome to come and have a flutter on their favourite horse.