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Woodside 4 – 2 Luthermuir

Association Trophy Third Round at Lochside Park on Saturday 4th February

Luthermuir travelled to Lochside Park looking to see how far they were coming along against Woodside who were sitting top of the Premier League.

If there was ever a preverbial game of two halves this was one of them, on a greasy surface which passed a late inspection both teams took time to adjust. However it was the visitors who controlled the opening skirmishes.

Luthermuir were taking the game to Woodside and the veteran centre forward Anderson was causing problems and not surprisingly it was the big no 9 that opened the scoring after 16 minutes.

Thouless in the Woodside goal went to the far right of his box to clear a ball up field only for him to be closed down by Slessor and when the ball was partially blocked it fell kindly to Anderson who calmly side footed the ball from 25 yards out into in to the corner of the net beyond the despairing effort of Thouless to get to it.

Luthermuir went on to double their lead from a direct free kick by Ellis in the 22nd minute which went in off the crossbar with the goal keeper rooted to the spot for 0-2.

Woodside seemed shell shocked and started to come into the game for the rest of the first half. It took until 38 mins before they got their first decent chance, a foul by Darar on Forbes on the edge of the box was driven hard at the goal but caught well by Wands.

As Woodside pushed forward they were awarded another free kick after Robertson took down his man on the edge of the 18 yard box bang right in the centre, the free kick was just put over the cross bar for the last chance of the half leaving their management team going into the break with the difficult task of turning the game around.

Half-time: 0 – 2

Luthermuir now had the breeze at their backs and were looking to add to their total, and on 49 mins a ball down the wing by Greig released Cruickshank and his low cross was layed back by Anderson to Ellis, his shot just went inches wide of the top corner.

Both sets of players knew this next goal would be crucial and Woodside then went for plan “B” and introduced the pace of a trio of players, Cronin , Allan And McGunnigle. They deployed Cronin And Mcgunnigle in the wide areas to push forward and Allan through the middle.

On 53 mins a corner to Woodside was whipped over and headed goalwards by Forbes and was headed off the line by Robertson.

Woodside were starting to force the ‘Muir back into their own half and on 61 mins a ball down the wing released Cronin. His low cross into the box was eventually scrambled home for a scrappy goal in 55mins by Forbes that gave Woodside a toehold in the tie.

The goal lifted Woodside and straight from the kick off they gained the ball and continued to force Luthermuir to camp in their own half.

On 67 mins. some good play in the middle of the park saw Simpson receive the ball at the edge of the ‘Muir box and when he turned his defender he curled the ball into the top right hand corner of the goal past the despairing Wands to level the score.

Luthermuir seemed shell shocked and struggled to get back into the game with Woodside continuing to pile more pressure on the back line.

After numerous chances missed Woodside went into the lead when on 73 mins when Forbes doubled his tally for the day when he ghosted into the six yard box to side foot the ball into the goal from a cross from Cronin.

After this the ‘Muir tried to get back into the game and started to get their passing going again with Greig and Ellis both coming close for the equaliser.

On 81 mins a ball across the back line gave Darar space and he headed down the right hand side and fired in a low shot from 25 yards that was parried for a corner. The corner was whipped in by Cruickshank but cleared at the back post.

Woodside broke forward in numbers and Simpson was set clear of the back line with Wands racing out to clear. Both players were committed for the ball and collided, leaving the goal keeper injured. After 5 mins of delay Wands was stretchered off and Morrison went in goal for the final few minutes of the game with Reid coming on.

As Luthermuir pushed forward for the equaliser they were caught on the break in injury time when a passing move between Gibb and Lepkowski set Croyin free in the box and using quick feet he rounded the on rushing Morrison to slot the ball home from a tight angle. to end the tie 4-2.

Full Time: 4 – 2

Woodside: Thouless, Marr, Gibb, Buchan, Forbes, Ferguson, Main, Lepkowski. Thomson, Simpson, Davie. Subs: Cronin, McGunnigle, Allan, MacKenzie, Donaldson

Luthermuir: Wands, Darar, Robertson, Duff, Wood, Morrison, Ellis, Cruickshank Anderson, Grieg Slessor. Subs: Milne, Simpson, Reid, Chalmers, Walker