Beith Juniors FC: Match Reports: Beith Juniors 4 Dalry Thistle 2: Match Report by Robbie Sanderson

Monday, August 13
Beith Juniors 4 Dalry Thistle 2: Match Report by Robbie Sanderson

BEITH: Strain, Wild, Docherty, McShane, Sheridan, Lang, Hardie, Crozier, Reid, McGowan, Irvine. Subs: Howarth, Maghan, Bristow, Wilson, Greenwood (gk)

DALRY: Stewart, McDonald, Kerr, Japp, Hercus, McKinnon, Chesney, McDougall, Watrett, Pettigrew, McGowan. Subs: Cullen, McKim, Mochan, McCafferty, Morrow
Beith maintained their 100% record in their Ardagh Cup section with a victory over a hard working Dalry side that gave the hosts some problems.

Beith opened well and Hardie won an early corner but Dalry settled and had the first attempt at goal when Chesney forced Strain to save his snap shot from 20 yards. The home side probed again with Crozier finding McGowan in the box but the new signing saw his shot turned behind fairly comfortably by Dalry keeper Stewart. Overall though Beith were struggling to find any real fluency while the visitors were making better use of their possession and causing the home defence some discomfort with Pettigrew shooting just over the bar. The action continued to swing from end to end and Hardie forced Stewart into a good save before Dalry went close again when a well hit McKinnon free kick flew a yard wide.

With 8 minutes of the half remaining Beith were eventually punished for their untidy play when the visitors broke downfield quickly after being handed possession and Jarred Pettigrew skinned Marc McShane to advance on Strain before applying a fine finish sending a measured chip shot over the keeper and to the net. Dalry's lead lasted only a few minutes however with Beith levelling just before the break when Jay Lang dusted himself down after being fouled just outside the box to smash home a powerful free kick that gave the keeper no chance.

Dalry opened brightly after the break until the home side gradually upped the ante. Andy Reid missed a great opportunity to give Beith the lead when he side footed a fine Hardie cross over the bar on the volley. Reid quickly atoned for the miss though when he met a Docherty centre at the back post and guided his header into the top corner. Beith continued to press and they increased their lead a few minutes later when Kris Irvine cut inside from a Crozier pass and curled a fine right foot shot into the bottom corner.

The home side's performance continued to be riddled with mistakes and Dalry briefly hauled themselves back into the match when Beith again surrendered possession allowing McDonald to fire a cross into the box for McDougall to head home close in virtually unchallenged. Beith quickly reestablished their two goal cushion when Lang scored his second when he picked up a scrambled clearance 20 yards out and found the bottom corner with his shot.

Hardie and McGowan missed chances for Beith and sub Cullen went close for Dalry with header in the closing stages of what was a quite entertaining encounter.

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