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Bridge of Don 2 – 2 BSFC

Fosters Scottish Amateur Cup First Round at Balgownie on Saturday 29th September

Report by Andy McLaren

Bridge of Don boss Greg Lawson is hoping to create more good memories by guiding his newly-formed side to silverware success in the future.

The 20-year-old admits the creation of an amateur club in Bridge of Don has been an “overwhelming success” for the community.

He said: “When we formed at the start of this season, we had about 40 players interested in joining the club.

“I’m over the moon with the start we have made in amateur football. Our philosophy is to be a passing side and it’s great to see this coming through.

“Every match is a learning process and at times, the team have found it hard to play against older and tougher players.

“The main aim is to stay as a community team for years to come and we have all the funding in place to make this happen.”

Lawson believes his side can be proud with the start they have made to amateur football.

“The lads can take great credit for gaining a replay in their first ever Scottish Cup match against a strong BSFC side,” said the Bridge of Don boss.

“It’s been great to see parents and friends come down to watch our games. The icing on the cake for the lads would be to win a trophy in the next few years.

“I and my two assistants, Christopher Taylor and Ryan Milne, are also still learning but so far, it has been an experience that we will cherish for years to come.”

BSFC enjoyed plenty of early possession and Bridge of Don’s Iain Donald had to be alert to make a smart save to hold onto a fizzing drive from Jamie Ballantyne.

On 20 minutes, BSFC were almost gifted the lead when Daniel Loftus’ shot deflected to Ballantyne who lofted his shot from 10 yards over the bar.

Bridge of Don should have opened the scoring on 35 minutes when a misjudged overhead kick by Ryan Robertson fell to Bradley Jolly whose low drive was well saved by Steven Halliday.

Having been comfortable for long periods of the half, BSFC found themselves 1-0 down on 40 minutes when Bridge of Don’s captain, Dominic Rae, expertly found Nicoll with a long pass who calmly chipped the ball past Halliday.

BSFC equalised on the stroke of half-time when Jamie Brown narrowly kept the ball in play before finding Ballantyne who stroked the ball into the bottom corner of the net from a quick turn.

Half-time: 1 – 1

Bridge of Don refused to lie down and Bradley Jolly forced Halliday into a brave save on 55 minutes when he blocked a low shot.

BSFC secured a vital second goal on 65 minutes when Ranald Wilkie unleashed a powerful volley that was heading off-target but Scott Easton managed to deflect the ball into the net.

5 minutes later, the home side levelled when Ryan Robertson jinxed past Wilkie and Brown before unleashing a composed side footed finish that brushed past the near post and into the back of the net.

BSFC thought they had won the match on 85 minutes when Wilkie’s header looked destined for the net before Bradley Jolly’s last ditch interception kept the home sides Scottish Cup adventure alive by forcing a reply.

Full Time: 2 – 2