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AC Mill Inn 1 – 4 Drumchapel

Scottish Cup Fifth Round at Stonehaven on Saturday 12th January

Report by Andy McLaren

AC Mill Inn veteran Kenny Milne admits he has no intention of bringing the curtain down on his 27-year playing career after his side lost 4-1 to Glasgow’s Drumchapel in the 5th Round of the Scottish Cup.

The 46-year old joined the Stonehaven outfit in 1986 when he was 19, playing more than 600 games for the Division Two side.
Kenny, who is the assistant manager at Mill Inn, believes “age is only a number” and expressed his desire to keep playing for AC Mill Inn for years to come.

Kenny said: “It’s great to have the opportunity to still play at my age. I started my career as a midfielder before moving into defence for 10 years but I now like to play as a goalkeeper.

“The side we have now is probably the strongest since I have been here. It’s been great to be a part of the club for so long and the memories will always be with me for years to come.

“I have experienced the highs and lows at the club, from being promoted to the Premier Division in 2009, to being relegated to Division Two after a play-off last season.”

Kenny, who coached Stonehaven Youth for 8 years, has won six trophies with the club, most notably their Division Six and Barclay Cook Cup triumphs in 1993.

AC Mill Inn manager Keith Hunt, who has been in charge of the club since 2006, admits Milne still plays an important part for the team, both on and off the pitch.

He said: “It’s been great to work with Kenny and I would probably say this is the strongest side we have had since I arrived at the club.

“The lads can take great heart from their Scottish Cup run and this should be our benchmark for the future. It’s good to be one of the amateur teams from AAFA to reach this stage of the competition.

“Amateur teams from places such as Glasgow are the equivalent to Aberdeen’s junior teams and in some cases, Highland League teams, so it has been good to get a comparison with these clubs.

“Winning the league and a cup has always been our priority since the start of the season but there is no doubt this Scottish Cup run will benefit the morale within the side.”

Drumchapel, who are currently top of the Central Scottish Division 1B and have been involved with players and coaches such as Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Walter Smith and Andy Gray, grabbed an early lead on 10 minutes.

Drumchapel’s David Connelly calmly converted from the spot to make it 1-0 after referee Alec Lovie awarded the Glasgow side a penalty for hand ball.

Their next major chance fell to Kevin Smith whose header grazed the top of Alistair Swan’s crossbar.

The Glasgow outfit doubled their lead on 25 minutes when Martin Clark unselfishly squared the ball to Alan Russell who slotted it into the empty net.

The Stonehaven side’s day almost went from bad to worse when Robert White’s shot was palmed into the path of Russell who missed the ball from 5 yards on 35 minutes.

Mill Inn’s best chance of the half fell to Michael Adam whose shot was fumbled by goalkeeper Christopher Tennent into the path of Andrew Scott but his rebound went agonizingly past the post 5 minutes before half-time.

Half-time: 0 – 2

Drumchapel made it 3-0 with their first opportunity on 50 minutes when Russell expertly side-footed the ball into the back of the net.

With AC Mill Inn looking to get back into the game, Drumchapel’s goalkeeper Christopher Tennent became the busiest man on the field. He had to be alert to tip Ross Donald’s fierce drive over the bar before Adam forced the stopper into making a fine acrobatic save on 65 minutes.

The Glasgow side made it 4-0 against the run of play when Martin Clark quickly turned Ross Burnett to rifle a low shot past Swan into the bottom corner of the net.

The home side grabbed a deserved goal on 75 minutes when Adam sent Tennent the wrong way from the penalty spot to make it 4-1.

Mill Inn almost made it 4-2 on 80 minutes when Paul Nicoll’s shot brushed the side of the post to round off a frustrating day for the Division Two (East) leaders.

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