Monymusk in cup fightback

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Monymusk fought back brilliantly from two goals down in a replay against Scotstown Rovers to clinch a place in the third round of the Fosters Scottish Amateur Cup with a 3-2 victory at Hazlehead. The sides had drawn 1-1 at Deer Park.

The third round of the national competition will be played this Saturday (November 10) and Musk will travel to Glasgow to face Strathclyde Premier Division side Yoker AFC on a 3G pitch at the Firhill Complex near Partick Thistle’s ground in the city.

Musk, of Division 2, faced up to their Division 1 opponents with a strong starting line-up and were unlucky not to go ahead after 10 minutes when Andrew Moss sent Daniel Clark through on goal but he pulled his shot wide when it looked easier to score. Then Andrew Murray went close with a shot on the right after good work by Clark.

The visitors were well in command of the game with Moss, Clark and Murray linking up well, and in 25 minutes a free kick from Liam Barron 20 yards out fizzed narrowly past the Rovers’ post.

Three minutes later a niggly duel between Clark and Rovers’ No.6 boiled over after a challenge and a face-to-face confrontation ended with the Rovers player appearing to headbutt his opponent. The referee showed leniency, however, and only booked the player and Clark was also shown a yellow.

Moss brought a great save out of the Rovers keeper in 30 minutes after a good pass from Gordon Duthie, although the referee blew for offside.

An action-packed last eight minutes of the first half began with Rovers taking the lead against the run of play when they broke down the right flank and a cross in was met at the far post to give Musk keeper Mikey Fyffe no chance.

It was then 2-0 just two minutes later when a cross from the right again found the Rovers No 11 clear on the left and he ran on unchallenged to send the ball past Fyffe.

On the stroke of half-time, however, Musk pulled a goal back when Moss found himself clear in the 18-yard box and passed the ball to Clark who made no mistake with a great finish to make it 2-1.

Musk caught Rovers cold at the start of the second half and were back on level terms in the opening minutes when Moss again did well to deliver the ball into the box and Murray’s effort seemed to hit a defender before looping into the net to make it 2-2.

Musk went ahead when Clark, in full flight, was brought down in the box and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. It was Murray at the double when he took the penalty and lashed it into the net.

Murray was on his hat-trick in 65 minutes when Moss crossed in but he just could not control the ball in front of goal.

Craig Simpson then replaced the man-of-the-match Nicolson, who was injured, before Rovers thought they had equalised with a header from a free kick but it was ruled out by the referee.

A shot from Keith O’Connor went just wide with 10 minutes remaining.

Gordon Harkness replaced the tiring Moss as Musk saw time out and were delighted to be in the third round of the national competition which has given everyone at the club a great boost.

Monymusk: Fyffe, Duthie, Lyon, P. Stewart, Nicolson (Simpson), O’Connor, Murray, Barron, Moss (Harkness), Clark and J. Stewart.

Unused substitutes: Smart and McWilliam.