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Bon Accord City 3 – 3 California

Scottish Amateur Cup Fifth Round at Balgownie on Saturday 6th February

“California here we come” was the cry at the final whistle at Balgownie in the game between Bon Accord City and California Amateurs of Stirling. Bon Accord were two goals down at half time but fought back in the second half forcing a replay next week.

Bon Accord fielded a full strength team and were in an attacking mood from the start pushing California back in their own half. California’s Shaw and Wilson were winning all the high balls and keeper Morton had to make two fine saves from Bon Accord’s Bartlet and Watt.

After twenty minutes California settled and started playing good passing football and this paid off in thirty minutes when Bon Accord’s Tiffney failed to clear his lines and California’s Rikki Brown fired the ball past keeper Hill.

Three minutes later Bon Accord had a chance to level the score when Aurik’s header went past the post with keeper Morton beaten.

In forty three minutes a free kick to California was dropped by BonAccord’s keeper Hill at the feet of California’s Neil Adams who doubled the score line from close range making the half time score 0-2.

Bon Accord pulled a goal back in forty six minutes when Mark Bartlet forced his way into the box and hit a shot from twelve yards that gave keeper Morton no chance.

Bon Accord kept the pressure on California but could not add to the score until California’s Scobbie tripped Aurik in the box and Mark Bartlet scored from the spot.

The pitch was cutting up badly and both sets of players were finding it difficult to keep their feet on the very heavy surface.

With three minutes remaining California were awarded a free kick on the halfway line. The ball was sent long into the eighteen yard box but Bon Accord’s keeper hesitated allowing California’s James Brown to run at him and score with his drive.

In added time Bon Accord were awarded a corner which was cleared as far as Bon Accord’s Michael Watt whose thiry yard shot ended in the net making the final score 3-3.

BonAccord City: Hill, Sutherland, Stewart, Tiffney, Durno, McLaren, Small, Bartlet, Craig, Watt, Aurik. Subs – Redford, Harris, Guyan, Falco, Mowatt.

California Amateurs: Morton, Alistair Scobbie, Marszol, Barry Wilson, Shaw, Adams, Grant Scobbie, Graeme Wilson, McIsaac, Rikki Brown, James Brown. Subs – Valance, McKay, Barr.

Referee – M. Ritchie

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