Can first-season Arthurlie FC Amateurs notch-up win Number 4 in the Jimmy Marshall Summer Cup Group Stages, writes Tom Scott.
LAST WEEK’S RESULT || Glenburn Athletic 0, Arthurlie 3.
Starting XI: Ryan Truesdale, Mikey McCready, Michael Connelly, Joe O’Hara, Blair Hughes (Lee McDonagh), James Wiseman, Ryan McNeill, Connor McCabe, Jack Doherty (Jamie Cochran), Sean Ross, Kyle Elrick.
Sub not used: Josh Healy.
Goal scorers: Kyle Elrick (Pen), Sean Ross, Connor McCabe.
Coach Stephen Connelly revealed: “The boys were a bit disappointed in the overall performance, but to come away with three goals and a clean sheet, they found a different way to get the job done.”
“Once we went ahead, we had to soak up a bit of pressure from Glenburn for a period before half time, but the second goal just before half time really put us in control.”
“The strike from Connor for the third goal was top drawer and sealed another good win.”
“We now need a point to reach the Semi-Finals, but our aim is to keep improving and building confidence by winning games.”
Arthurlie v Busby.
Saturday 12th June.
Kick off 2.00pm.
Dunterlie Park, Barrhead.
Jimmy Marshall Cup, Matchday 4.
Gregor Dawson netted a hat-trick as Beechwood Albion defeated Sauchie Juniors Development Squad in an excellent friendly, writes Tom Scott.
Sauchie Juniors Development 0,
Beechwood Albion 4.
Scorers: Gregor Dawson ⚽️⚽️⚽️.
and David Heaver ⚽️.
Beechwood travelled the short journey to Lornshill Academy to play Sauchie Juniors Development Squad, in what was a muggy night in Alloa.
Beechwood, sponsored by King Robert Hotel, started slowly but managed to get a bit of possession and control in the game around the 20-minute mark.
Sauchie, who had a youthful line-up, played some good stuff at times and were up for the battle.
Beechwood came close to opening the scoring, when David Heaver managed to find Kyle Wishart with a good through ball, Kyle’s effort, however, just went past the far post.
Sauchie probed and tried to get down the flanks but Stevie Gilvear and Hamish Watt had both sides covered.
Beechwood took the lead around 35 minutes. A free kick around the centre circle was played into the box from David Little, Gregor Dawson managed to get away from his defender and flick the ball over the keeper’s head. 1-0.
It was 2-0 ten minutes later. On the stroke of half time, good play down the right from Stevie Gilvear and David Heaver, saw the latter whip in a beautiful cross, and that man Gregor was there again to stab home.
The message from the Beechwood Management was simple at the break:
“play the way we were, and we will win the second half.”
Sauchie made a few changes at the break and the fresh legs made an impact.
Their two front men pressing the defence into a couple of mistakes.
However, Beechwood made it 3-0, and Gregor Dawson completed his hat-trick.
Hamish Watt’s free kick was deflected into the path of Gregor, who lofted the ball over the keeper.
Delight for young Gregor, who is developing with every game.
Sauchie nearly got a goal back – a misplaced pass-back, but Davie Little made a superb goal line clearance to deny them.
With the game stopping and starting via changes it was difficult for both teams to keep the momentum going.
With 5 minutes remaining, David Heaver tapped home to make it 4-0, after good work from Kyle Wishart on the right.
His effort was saved, but the ball rolled to Heaver and it was an easy tap home.
FULL-TIME: SAUCHIE 0, BEECHWOOD ALBION 4.
Overall, a good performance from the lads against a decent wee Sauchie outfit.
Some exceptional individual performances – notably MOTM Gregor Dawson, who was everywhere on the park.
Kyle Wishart, who was busy chasing everything from start to finish.
This Saturday, Beechwood Albion line-up against Milton Amateurs in their first game within the Stirling Summer League Competition.