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Echt 3 – 0 Wallacetoun

Report by Andy McLaren

Echt progressed to the fifth round of the Fosters Scottish Amateur Cup after a convincing 3-0 win over Wallacetoun AFC from Ayrshire.

The much anticipated clash was a welcome boost for both teams as the fixture had previously been postponed three times.

Echt started the brighter of the two teams with a number of well-worked moves in a strong wind. A tempting cross from Echt’s Andy Davidson presented Alan Douglas with a free header which flew over the crossbar.

After a slow start, Wallacetoun began to gain confidence after 15 minutes with Steven McNeil using his height and strength to dictate play from the centre of midfield.

Further pressure forced Echt to commit several fouls at the edge of their area, however, the Ayrshire side never tested Paul Bennett in the Echt goal.

Wallacetoun almost conceded a bizarre goal on 25 minutes when Echt’s Mark Lawrence delivered an inviting cross, only for the Wallacetoun goal keeper to almost punch the ball into his own net.

This sparked belief throughout the Echt squad with chances created by the impressive Darren McLeod and Ian Leith before half time.

Half-time: 0-0

Echt started the second half just as they had finished the first with a free header from Echt’s Paul Presslie went inches over the crossbar leaving the Echt touchline wondering how the game was still level at 0-0.

Two great saves by the Wallacetoun goalkeeper and a shot cleared off the line were to follow as Wallacetoun continued to hold out and frustrate Echt.

The first goal was eventually scored after 65 minutes. The pace and skill of Echt’s Mark Lawrence presented him with the chance of rounding the Ayrshire goalkeeper and to calmly finish from a tight angle.

Wallacetoun appeared to tire and were now playing against the strong wind which was present throughout the match. Echt’s ever present forward, Ian Leith, scored his side’s second goal after clinically dispatching a low shot past the unfortunate goalkeeper.

A penalty was then awarded just before full-time when a strong challenge from Wallacetoun’s Graham Cross presented Alan Douglas with the chance of scoring Echt’s third goal of the match. The Echt captain neatly finished to round off an impressive display and to ensure Echt’s place in the fifth round of the Fosters Scottish Amateur Cup.

Echt AFC secretary, Dave Strath said: “It was a hard but deserved win.”