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Cammachmore 0 – 5 West End

Report by Scott Mc Pherson

The game began as a very even contest and the first 10 minutes possession stats were probably 50/50 as both teams tried to put their stamp on the proceedings. As the game drew on West End started to dominate with the wind on their side. Their use of the right wing was particularly impressive and Cammachmore came up with little answers to stop them.

Chances came and went with number 9 Stuart Bathgate being guilty on a number of occasions. However, Michael Cocker was the worst culprit heading over from virtually under the bar direct from a corner. The away side did eventually take a deserved lead 10 minutes before the break. A lovely chiped ball from winger Daniel Rae broke the offside trap and midfielder Duthie delicately lobbed the ball over the on rushing Goug.

If the hosts were going to get back into the game it would be through the pace of striker Ryan Causby. Seconds after going behind he found himself in front of goal and produced a superb fingertip save from Thomson which fell to Cammachmore number 10 Simpson whose goal bound effort was inexplicably cleared off the line by a covering defender.

The home side again showed their attacking intent minutes later as the solid full back Kieran Gray played a graceful chip into Kyle Reid who stung the hands of the ‘keeper with a fierce volley.

These two scary moments jerked West End back into life and their outstanding playmaker Gordon Hardie was again at the heart of it. He cheekily nut megged Cammachmore defender Haddingham on the wing and then had the composure to stroke the ball across goal to give his strike partner Bathgate a tap in.

Causby again came close either side of the break. Shortly before half-time the away side’s ‘keeper delivered a vital block to deny him from close range. In the second half the striker came even closer when he grazed the post with a side foot effort from a Conor Bannerman cross.

However, the game was all but over twenty minutes into the second period when Cammachmore again fell asleep at a corner. A fantastic ball from substitute Derek Miller made it near impossible for Crocker to miss and make it 3-0.

As the game wore on the home side became more and more tired and disheartened and West End were ruthless. The best goal of the game was the fourth one. Sub Miller played a short corner and exchanged passes with Gordon Hardie and then curled a shot from the corner of the box into the opposite top hand corner which was so far in the corner it beat the man standing on the post, truly brilliant.

Another corner meant another goal for West End. The cross was headed down and then flicked into the net by striker Bathgate from a couple of yards out.

The hosts nearly had a goal to show for their troubles when substitute Neil McDonald hit a twenty-five yard pile driver which skimmed the top of the bar. Evidently, it wasn’t the home side’s day in front of goal.

The score line may have flattered them but West End march on into the next round of the cup after a confident performance.