Apr 4 2012 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Wednesday
Cumbernauld Clyde 0 Bannockburn Ams 17
BANNOCKBURN provided a goal feast in this league encounter.
Fotheringham hit six, Maitland four, Bruce, S Kilgannon and D Currie two each and one for Burns.
It was only 3-0 at the interval but Bannockburn notched another 14 in an amazing second-half performance.
They went ahead after Fotheringham rounded the keeper and slotted home. he and S Maitland both found the net with good strikes before the break.
The same two players made it five from close range then Fotheringham scored from a header for number six. The seventh arrived from the penalty spot after D Currie was fouled, S Kilgannon making no mistake. A fine header by D Currie and another converted penalty by S Kilgannon brought the score to 9-0.
Continued great play from Bannockburn resulted in a long-range rocket finding the net by K Fotheringham to take them into double figures.
Another strike by Fotheringham, two each by Bruce and S Maitland, then a goal each D Currie and 1 from J Burns ended the scoring – much to Cumbernauld’s relief.
Bannockburn are away to table toppers Drumchapel on league business Saturday, kick-off 2pm.
On Wednesday, April 11 they are at home to Wellhouse in the league with a 6.30pm kick-off.
Milton 4 Strathclyde University 1
MILTON started the game well on top and Whiteford had a shot blocked on the line after just 10 minutes. Burns should have scored in the 20th but his effort was blocked by the Strathclyde keeper.
A bad mistake in Milton’s defence on the half-hour mark enabled the visitors to snatch a goal against the run of play.
A minute after the break the Uni keeper made a marvellous save from Whiteford. Shaddick hit the rebound goalwards and a Uni defender stopped it with his hands. Whiteford confidently scored from the resulting penalty.
Milton’s tails were up now and they swarmed all over the Strathclyde defence. Statter had a shot saved in 55 minutes then 10 minutes later he picked out Shaddick and the big striker rattled home number two.
Five minutes before the whistle Dick set up Cooper, who smashed the ball into the net for goal number three. With a minute to go Dick again picked out Cooper, who rattled home for a decisive victory.
There is no game on Saturday.
Colville Park 3 Doune Castle 0
DOUNE’S Scottish Cup journey ended at the quarter-final stage when they lost in Motherwell.
The Castle paid dearly for mistakes at crucial stages of the contest.
Doune had the better of the opening exchanges and a Patrice Napoli shot beat the beat the keeper but hit the top of the bar.
They found themselves a goal down after 33 minutes. After a quick attack down the left the ball was fired towards the back post, where an attacker bundle it home from six yards.
After 42 minutes Alan Inglis cut inside to Lukasz Duszynski, whose volley looked to be giving Doune an equaliser until a defender raced from nowhere to hook the ball over the bar with a desperate goal-line clearance.
Colville Park took a 2-0 lead with a scrappy goal after 53 minutes. A forward blocked keeper Alan McGirr’s view as the ball bounced in front of the goal. The ball squirmed up and over the keeper’s desperate effort to claw it to safety and trundled into the net.
The killer third goal came after 78 minutes when a cross found an unmarked player at the back post. He hit the ball across the face of the goal and while the defence assumed it was drifting to safety a forward arrived and forced it home off the post.
Doune fought to the end. Right on time Alan More had an effort from the edge of the box blocked.
DOUNE CASTLE: McGirr, Innes, Duncanson, Cameron, More, Tervit, Napoli, Hurst, Inglis, Burke, Duszynski (Stewart (68) Substitutes: Dormer, Colquhoun.