Semi-final spot a bridge too far for Lads’ Club

Lads’ Club 0, Moorlands BC 8

HAVING kept faith with the 16 boys who got them through to this Scottish Cup quarter-final tie there was a late scare to the team when defender Lewis Quinn became unwell.

However after a fitness test he was deemed well enough to start in the match against Moorlands BC from Uddingston. The team had disposed of Celtic Centenary (Glasgow) in round five, so was a formidable outfit to play against.

A notoriously slow starting side, Lads’ Club were up against it right from kick-off. With some sharp and slick passing movement, Moorlands found no difficulty in breaching the Club defence on numerous occasions. The Arbroath outfit found themselves 3-0 down in six minutes.

The gamble to play Quinn from the start failed as he had to leave the field suffering from flu-like symptoms. A quick reshuffle saw Kerr Waddell take his place in central defence and Johnny Bastow moved into midfield.

The onslaught was relentless, however, with Moorlands looking dangerous on every move upfield.

Lads’ Club dug deep though and a combination of some ‘backs to the wall’ defending and some great goalkeeping from Matty Millar kept Moorlands at bay until the 21st minute when they pulled further ahead.

Half-time: Lads’ Club 0, Moorlands 4.

With the feeling that a quick goal might save the tie, the second half kicked off with the Lads’ Club looking to gain the momentum. Unfortunately it was Moorlands that again started the stronger and they didn’t take long to get back into their stride.

Wave after wave of attacks saw the visitors pull further ahead and with the tie now well and truly beyond them it was a case of damage limitation for Lads’ Club.

A combination of some resolute defending, some fantastic goalkeeping and Moorlands hitting the woodwork on a couple of occasions meant the home side managed to keep the score down to eight.

Although going down 8-0 on the day, the Arbroath Lads’ Club Under-13s squad should be proud of their achievements this season so far on reaching the final eight of the national trophy. They now move on to concentrate on the league and if they can stick together as a squad then a more positive outcome might bring future success for the 16 boys involved.

Both managers again extended their thanks to all the parents of the boys for their support and for also taking the time to organise the catering for the visitors from Uddingston. Thanks were also expressed to Lesley and Neil Burnett of Arbroath United Cricket Club for all their help and being able to utilise their facilities again.