Dumbarton Accies FP AFC and Glasgow Harp AFC are through to the William Turner Challenge Cup Final, writes Tom Scott.
I am obliged to Mr Robert Porter (Dumbarton Accies) who produced a report of their Semi-Final against Dunblane Soccer Academy, and photographs.
Robert added “This will be our final match of the season.”
“The Caledonian League 2021/2022 season is due to commence competitively on 7th August.”
William Turner Challenge Cup
Dumbarton Academy FP AFC 6 Dunblane Soccer Club 0
Saturday 12th June 2021
Accies progressed to the final with a resounding victory over their first division counterparts, who despite what the final scoreline suggests gave a good account of themselves for the first hour of the match.
Accies immediately went on the attack and saw a David Brannagan shot go wide. Dunblane responded with a shot from distance that also went wide.
A quick free saw Callum Shipcott released down the right hand side, but there were no takers as Shipcott crossed into the box.
Scott Cowan then saw a header go over the Dunblane cross bar.
Accies took a deserved lead on 23 minutes. A corner reached Andrew MacDonald, who shot home from 10 yards.
Scott Cowan then came close with another header following a Sam Degg cross.
Accies scored a second on 35 minutes. Another corner was swung into the Dunblane box. Andrew MacNally rose highest to head the ball into the net.
Half time 2:0
Dunblane’s half time team talk appeared to have galvanised their players, as they came out strongly at the start of the second half.
An opportunity following some hesitancy within Accies rearguard saw keeper Andrew Cambpell forced to make a good save.
A free-kick from 20 yards was blocked by a good Accies wall.
Dunblane then looked to have got themselves back into the game when a quick counter attack down their left hand side saw a cross then a shot bundled into Accies net. Unfortunately the assistant referee had flagged for off-side during the build up to the shot.
To make matters worse for Dunblane, they quickly found themselves 3 goals down when Scott Cowan reacted quickest to a rebound from the Dunblane keeper following an Andrew Burton shot. Cowan’s rather awkward attempt hit the underside of the Dunblane bar and then bounced down and then bounced back into the roof of the net. As the saying goes “they all count”.
The disallowed goal followed by conceding a third appeared to knocked the stuffing out of Dunblane as Accies took control of the proceedings.
Jack Buchanan saw a shot saved following a good interchange with Callum Shipcott.
Andrew Burton then saw a shot save, which was his last contribution as he was then substituted.
Sam Degg and Callum Shipcott exchanged well before Shipcott crossed and a Dunblane defender deflected the ball into his own net.
Accies scored a fifth when a Shipcott shot was blocked and substitute David Allan was on hand to tap the ball home.
The final piece of action saw fellow substitute Logan Park score the goal of the game with a fine finish.
Full time 6:0
Accies manager, Michael Dickie, was delighted with his teams performance. “Some of the goals were a delight to watch and we were pleased to secure the clean sheet at the back. We now look forward to the final on Saturday. Glasgow Harp are always strong opposition, the match promises to be a good contest”.
Dumbarton Academy FP AFC
Andrew Campbell, Sam Degg, Josh Degg, Kenny Wilson, Andrew MacNally, Jack Buchanan (capt), Callum Shipcott, David Brannagan, Scott Cowan, Andrew Burton, Andrew MacDonald
Subs: David Allan, Ryan Banks, Craig Cavana, Colin MacPhee, Logan Park
Ross Holms, Mark Catterson, Mark Cameron