Lads’ Club on form in Scottish Cup

Leven Boys 1, Lads’ Club 5

LADS’ Club Under-14s travelled to Leven in Fife for their second round Scottish Cup tie on Sunday.

Having won the toss and elected to play into the wind they immediately went on the attack. Beattie tormented the defence at every opportunity but was unable to find the back of the net.

Finally on 12 minutes the breakthrough came. Another surging run through the defence saw BEATTIE show great pace and finish well to put the visitors one up.

Try as they might, Leven could not break down a solid Lads’ Club back four, Quinn in particular dealing with a troublesome number 19 for Leven.

The visitors continued to dominate and wave after wave of attacks finally bore fruit with LIGHTFOOT making it 2-0 after 20 minutes. Soon after LIGHTFOOT once again split the Leven defence to knock in his second and put the Lads’ Club 3-0 up at half time.

With the wind at their backs the 14s were confident of seeing out the game. With the tackles continuing to fly in from Leven and a lapse of concentration from the visitors, they conceded a goal and the scoreline was 3-1.

Bastow came on for the injured Clark it was Lads’ Club’s turn to take the initiative and after a fine run and finish, BASTOW made it 4-1.

Murphy and Mowatt then replaced Beattie and Lightfoot up front, whilst Sime and Gauld replaced Yule and Wilson at the back. The hefty challenges from Leven continued but the Club players stood up to them with Paterson being denied two stone-wall penalties.

These challenges were to be Leven’s downfall as Lads’ Club were finally rewarded with a free kick about 30 yards out. Up stepped captain for the day WADDELL to strike high into the net to finish off the scoring to make it a fine 5-1 win.

This was a big challenge for the team, up against a physical Fife side, but as usual their football style won on the day and secured a passage into the third round.

Lads’ Club 4, Letham Tangerines 3 (AET)

The Under-19s played host to Letham Tangerines in the second round of the Scottish Youth FA Cup.

With both teams having attained maximum points from their league fixtures to date, the match looked to have the makings of a cracking cup tie, and so it proved.

The sides went at each other from the kick-off with chances being created at both ends early on. Letham’s long throw specialist was causing the Lads’ Club defence problems. However, they managed to stand firm until the 35th minute when Letham opened the scoring from a more conventional delivery.

Letham were awarded a corner kick that was delivered to the far post where their centre-half rose to head home.

Half-time: Lads’ Club 0, Letham 1.

Barely five minutes had gone in the second half when the Lads’ Club equalised. DAVE CARGILL intercepted a pass 30 yards out, drove into the box and calmly slipped the ball past the Letham ‘keeper.

Fifteen minutes later Lads’ Club took the lead when FRASER STEWART scored from close range. Letham were somewhat aggrieved at the decision, claiming Stewart was offside. However the goal stood.

Back came Letham however, and with 30 minutes on the clock, equalised when the Lads failed to clear their lines. Seven minutes later the homesters went 3-2 up when RHYS TAIT fired home.

With time running out, Letham threw everything at the Lads’ Club and were awarded a penalty in the last minute of normal time. Despite ‘keeper Scott getting a hand to it, Letham converted the spot kick to force extra-time in dramatic fashion.

Full time: Lads’ Club 3, Letham 3.

STEWART put the Lads Club 4-3 in front in the first half of extra-time when he fired home after rounding the goalkeeper.

Despite a brave attempt by Letham they were unable to find an equaliser that would have taken the tie to penalties.

This was a great advert for youth football in the area, the game being played at a high tempo, with great spirit and determination from both teams.

Results from Sunday

Asda/Kirkton League - Under 13s 1, Carnoustie 4.

Scottish Cup, second round ties – Under-14s 5, Leven Boys 1; Under-15s 3, Ferrry Ath 6; Under-19s 4, Letham 3 (AET).

Fixtures for Sunday

11 a.m. kick-off - Age 9 home v Dundee Thistle; Age 10 home v Dryburgh; Age 11 home v Dundee West.

2 p.m. kick-off – Queen’s Jubilee Cup, first round, Under-16s home v Mains; J. Gourlay League, Under-19s away v Ferry Athletic.

Free week: Under-13s, 14s and 15s.