Dundee West Royals V ACSC
GK - McColl
CB - Hughes
CB - Smart
CB - Singer
LWB – Morris
RWB - Chalmers
CM - Johnstone
CM - Smith
ST - Mitchell
ST - Gilmurray
ST - McManamon
Dundee West Royals 2006’s returned to cup action, with a home tie against ACSC in the East Regions Cup 2nd Round, who sat 2nd bottom of the third tier in the league. West were confident that if they played to their potential, they could get a convincing result and progress to the third round, but knew they could not underestimate their opposition after only 1 win in their last 14 fixtures in all competitions.
West started the game with purpose, with Gilmurray in on goal in the opening minute, but the ACSC keeper was out fast to collect the ball.
1-0: 3mins into the game, West opened the scoring after a great through ball by Morris was dummied by McManamon, who then advanced into the left-hand side of the box to shoot at the near post, only for the keeper to parry back into his path. McManamon smashed the rebound against the underside of the bar, and Mitchell was there at the back post, to strike first time high into the net, before the ACSC defenders could clear the danger.
A minute later, ACSC almost created their first chance on goal, with a ball through the middle, but Smart was there to mop up and put the ball behind for a corner. The corner was missed by the West defenders, however, ACSC couldn’t capitalise and the ball went behind for a goal kick.
On 5mins, McManamon found himself with an identical chance to his first at the near post, but again the keeper saved, this time holding the ball well at the near post.
2-0: 10 mins in, West added their second, with Gilmurray on the score sheet. Smart played a lovely free kick from just inside his own half, over the top and into McManamon’s path, but the ball was blocked well and out for a throw on the left. Morris took the throw-in, into McManamon, but his cross was too deep, evading Gilmurray in the centre. However, Mitchell collected the ball on the right, beating the advancing ACSC defender and playing a good low cross into Gilmurray’s feet, and despite taking an unneeded touch before shooting, he was able to guide the ball past the keeper, sneaking inside the post.
West continued to control the game, with Smith, Morris and Hughes linking up well on the left to play in McManamon again up the left, but his resulting cross was cleared by the defence.
3-0: On 16mins, West added a deserved third. With Hughes and Smart again linking up well, playing in Mitchell who had drifted onto the left-hand side. Mitchell left the ACSC fullback for dead, and played in a great low cross for McManamon to finish easily on the 6yd line, with the keeper already beaten by the pace of the cross.
19mins in, West were awarded an indirect free kick, just inside the box, when Chalmers chased down the ACSC defender, pressuring him into going back to his keeper, who decided to collect the ball and concede the free kick. McManamon took a touch into Smith’s path, but his shot was way over the bar.
4-0: 4mins later, Gilmurray scored the fourth, this time choosing to take the ball on himself from a great through ball, and after slipping the ball through the advancing keeper’s legs, he coolly passed the ball into the empty net.
26mins in, ACSC again could have had a chance on goal, with their right winger beating Morris down the left flank, however, Morris recovered superbly to close the cross and put the ball behind for a corner. The corner was over-hit, eventually ending up out for a throw at the opposite side of the pitch.
A minute later, Mitchell again made great progress down the line, playing Gilmurray in on goal, however he was judged to be offside with the defenders beaten.
2mins from half time, West should have made it 5, when Morris played the ball form deep into Smith’s feet, who made space and slotted in McManamon up the left yet again. With great footwork, he faked the keeper and rounded him, leaving himself a tight angle to finish from, but as he guided the ball goalward, Gilmurray ran in to make sure of the goal, but couldn’t get the ball out of his feet, and the ACSC defender was able to clear the danger.
5-0: West finally added their fifth just before the half time whistle, this time with Smith finishing having rounded the keeper well with his fancy footwork. McManamon took a throw in from wide left, into Gilmurray’s feet, who then played the ball through into the overlapping Smith’s path, rounding the keeper and slotting the ball in at the near post with the outside of his boot.
Half-time: Dundee West Royals 5 – 0 ACSC
Substitutions HT = Singer, Mitchell, Gilmurray off, Crabb, Paton, Storrie on.
3mins into the second half, Morris again played McManamon up the left hand-side, and turning back at the by-line, he opted to shoot at the near post, but the ACSC keeper did well to save and hold the ball.
A minute later, Chalmers almost bagged himself a goal, with a foray forward from deep. With Smith collecting a poor ACSC goal-kick, he slotted in the advancing Chalmers, who shrugged off the last defender but was just beaten to the ball by a brave save to feet by the ACSC keeper, almost injuring each other in the process.
6-0: On 44mins, substitute Paton found himself in the right place for West’s 6th. With McManamon again tormenting ACSC on the left-hand side, he played a square pass into Smith’s feet on the edge of the box, but his first time shot ricocheted off the bar. With Chalmers again pushing up from defence, he lumped the ball back into the danger zone, where it fell to Paton to pass the ball into the net, under the keeper’s legs
2mins later, Paton could have had his second, when he found himself one-on-one with the keeper, after yet another great through ball by West. But, the ACSC keeper came out to close, and was able to get enough on the shot to put the ball wide of the post for a corner.
On 47mins, Paton again was unlucky from a lovely McManamon cross on the left, but his shot was mis-hit and flew high over the bar.
7-0: 20mins from time, West added yet another. Storrie did well to hold up a through ball from deep, with Chalmers advancing again to control the ball from Storrie, and slot the ball low past the keeper from the edge of the box.
Substitution 55mins = Johnstone off, Singer on.
8-0: 57mins in, West added an 8th, when their corner was headed back towards goal by the ACSC defender, and the keeper parried to keep the ball out, but Paton was there again to pass the ball into the net.
Substitution 57mins = McManamon off, Gilmurray on.
12mins from time, Storrie should have got on the scoresheet, when Chalmers looped the ball over the defence from deep, and with Storrie doing well to fend off the big ACSC centre-half, he shot just wide of the mark with the keeper rushing to narrow the angle.
On 60mins, Smart went on a great run from deep up the right flank, beating 3 men, and with space to shoot, he was unlucky from a tight angle, with the keeper saving at the near post for a corner.
Substitution 60mins = Morris off, Mitchell on.
West showed no signs of stopping with only 8mins of the match left, pressuring ACSC into errors. Smith yet again latched onto a poor goal-kick, but his first-time lob was saved well from the backtracking ACSC keeper for another West corner.
9-0: 2mins later, West did find the net again, when Storrie scored a superb glancing header at the near post, direct from a Smith corner.
10-0: 5mins from time, West rounded off their scoring for the day with a third from Paton. Mitchell again made great progress up the left, beating 2 men and played the ball in low to Storrie. Storrie was dispossessed, but Chalmers won the ball back, playing Paton in on goal first time and he slotted the ball low past the keeper from just inside the box.
Substitution 65mins = Smart and Hughes off, McManamon and Johnstone on.
Full time: Dundee West Royals 10-0 ACSC
Man of the Match:
Scorers: Paton (3), Gilmurray (2), Mitchell, McManamon, Smith, Chalmers, Storrie
Dundee West advanced to the Third Round of the East Regions Cup, with a convincing win against weaker opposition. They had to keep their concentration to avoid losing any sloppy goals, but ultimately, were never really troubled and controlled a majority of the match, to progress easily to the next round.
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