May 25 2012 by Tom Yuill, Stirling Observer Friday
Balfron Rovers 2 Killearn 0
WHEN the Forth and Endrick League resumed on Tuesday after cup ties, Balfron had assumed top spot after being awarded a 3-0 win in their match against Fintry, who had fielded three unregistered players.
The first half had end-to-end action but the defences survived and at the interval neither keeper had been beaten.
Thirty second-half minutes passed before the opening goal was scored by Craig Reid from the penalty spot. Killearn pushed hard for the equaliser but the home defence stood firm and 10 minutes from the end Ewan Sneddon’s low cross was swept into the Killearn net by Sam Greenock.
Kippen 2 Aberfoyle Rob Roy 3
( Aberfoyle won 3-2 on penalties)
KIPPEN had much the better of the first half in this MacGregor Ferguson Cup quarter-final. At the break they led 2-0 with goals from Craig Hunter and Pete Sunderland.
Rob Roy had spurned their best scoring chance when they failed from the penalty spot.
They made up for that lapse when Craig McCallum and Ryan Fenwick scored second-half goals to take the game into extra time. McCallum then scored his second but that was matched when David Copland got Kippen's equaliser.
That took the game to penalties, where Kippen's marksmanship turned out to be less notable than their outfield skills and the Rob Roy went through to the semi-finals.
Deanston 3 Thornhill 1
THE local derby at Deanston also had to go to extra time before a winner emerged. Deanston had a slight edge in normal time but at the end of 90 minutes the sides were level, Graham Stewart for the home side and Graham Alexander for the Hill being the scorers.
In extra time Deanston were clearly the fresher outfit and it was no surprise that they scored twice to book a semi-final place at Balfron on Sunday.
Gargunnock 4 Buchlyvie United 1
STEVEN Butler scored for the visitors but the homesters replied with four goals and cruised into a semi-final tie at home to Aberfoyle.
Fintry 0 Balfron Rovers 6
BOTH sides were missing some regulars but from the start Balfron were much livelier than Fintry and dominated all of the first half. They had 18 shots at goal, while the home side tested Jonny Penman only twice, but at half-time Balfron had to thank central defender Alec Hailstones for their 1-0 lead. Former Rover Steven Skinner in goal for Fintry did quite a lot to keep the score down.
It took just 11 minutes after the restart to extend the lead, Stuart MacKay scoring from the penalty spot after he had been brought down. He also scored the next in 20 minutes from Sam Greenock’s cross.
In the last 15 minutes Fintry folded and Gordon Reid from the spot, Greg Harrower with a thundering 25-yarder and Stevie Day from close in took the final score to 6-0.
Drymen United 2 Blanefield Thistle 1
THE home side went ahead from a free kick blasted into the net by Craig Cowan.
Drymen then had chances but the next goal went to Thistle when Colin McDonald levelled the scores.
Drymen eventually prevailed when Craig Cowan and Ruari Nicholson combined well and Nicholson finished off the move with the winner.
Gargunnock 0 Gartocharn 6
GARTOCHARN took an early lead when Hammy Stewart made an opening for Simon Henry. Dougie Wilson rounded the keeper for the second. Wilson doubled his tally when he dribbled past half the Gargunnock team to give the keeper no chance. Just before half-time Gartocharn went further ahead when in a goalmouth scramble the ball was bundled over the line. Gary More claimed the goal.
Gargunnock, playing down the slope in the second half, put Gartocharn under some pressure but good defending kept them out. The visitors tied the game up when Chris Poole was up-ended in the box after rounding the keeper and Wilson completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot. The final goal was scored by Poole after he was sent through by Gregor Mitchell.
Aberfoyle Rob Roy 4 Buchlyvie United 5
ABERFOYLE scored first but Buchlyvie drew level, only to lose two more goals before half-time. Buchlyvie staged a great second-half comeback with four goals to take a 5-3 lead. Rob Roy made a big effort late on but could score only once and United had their first victory.
Deanston 7 Kippen 2
AFTER scoring seven at Thornhill last week Kippen went to Deanston on Tuesday with high hopes, only to find themselves on the other end of another 7-2 scoreline.
Fintry 8 Thornhill 3
ONLY 10 Thornhill players made the trip to Fintry on Tuesday. The under-strength side was no match for an enthusiastic Fintry team.
Sunday, 2.30pm: MacGregor Ferguson Cup semi-finals: Balfron Rovers v Deanston, Gargunnock v Aberfoyle Rob Roy.
Tuesday, 7.30pm: League: Balfron Rovers v Aberfoyle Rob Roy, Blanefield Thistle v Fintry, Buchlyvie Utd v Kippen, Deanston v Drymen Utd, Gartocharn v Killearn, Thornhill v Gargunnock.