Beith Juniors FC: Match Reports: West of Scotland Cup 2nd Rd Tie Beith v Annbank - Match Report by Robbie Sanderson

Saturday, December 29
West of Scotland Cup 2nd Rd Tie Beith v Annbank - Match Report by Robbie Sanderson
Beith eased into the third round of the West of Scotland Cup with a comfortable win over a poor Annbank side but it took some late goals to make the score look as easy. Tucker Sloan was in the Annbank team and it just goes to show that there is no substitute for experience as he was still able to stroll around the park.

In what was a relatively quiet start to the match saw Beith with most of the possession but not doing a lot with it in what looked like a training match the ball was being played around the midfield.

The first chance of the match came in 13 minutes when McGowan shot over the bar from just outside the box and when Reid shot wide after a pass from Lang it looked like it could be one of those days for the bigger club.

In a game that produced four yellow cards the first was fairly soft when Annbank's Girvan was booked for a very soft foul which shouuld never have seen a yellow card produced.

Beith took the lead in 20 minutes in somewhat controversial circumstances. When the ball was played forward the linesman appeared to flag McLean offside before putting his flag down when the ball went to Reid who squared for McGowan to slot home despite the protests of the Annbank defence.

We often criticise referees but I must praise the official who actually came over and gave the Annbank manager an explanation of why he did not give offside without acting in a condecending manner and although he may not have agreed with him would have appreciated his manner.

Annbank should have equalised after a mix up in the Beith defence saw Johnstone clean through but after shooting staright at Strain he put the rebound wide.

They were made to pay in 25 minutes when Reid scored the first of his hat trick after some good work by all three of Beith strikers saw the ball land at his feet and he slotted it home after rounding the Annbank keeper Fisher.

Johnstone again had a chance to pull his team back into it but shot wide once again after being put clean through by team mate Girvan.

Beith created a few more chances before half time but didn't look like scoring and the half ended with the hosts leading 2-0.

Into the second half and Wild had an early chance to put the game to bed when he shot wide after being put through by Reid and then Irvine who had came on for Hardie at half tie shot over when it looked easier to score.

Annbank then had their best sell of the game and the ever dangerous Johnstone brought them back into the match with a beautiful lob over keeper Strain after running on to a long ball from defence.

For the next ten minutes Annbank were looking dangerous and had the Beith defence worried but never troubled Adam Strain in the Beith goals.

Beith then introduced loanee from Stenhousemuir Ross Brash into the midfield for his debut and he went on to control the rest of the game and made it look easy.

With 15 minutes to go Beith put the game beyond doubt when Irvine passed the ball into the box and McShane slotted home from close range to make it 3-1 to the relief of the Beith fans who were becoming a bit restless.

Five minutes later and it was 4-1 when Reid scored his second goal of the game when he took the ball off McLelland and Fisher who were both trying to clear the ball before slotting it into the empty net.

Reid then completed his hat trick when he scored the best goal of the game which involved great football from the midfield and forwards when Irvine passed it to McLean who sent it into Reid who took a couple of nice touches before thumping the ball home.

Beith completed the scoring with five minutes to go when substitute Callaghan put a corner right on to the head of Irvine who gave the keeper no chance.

Beith are starting to look more like a team under Frank Lynch and although it may have been poor opposition they kept going and played some nice football. Reid, Brash and Irvine were the best players on the park for Beith with Johnstone playing well for the Bankies.

Beith look to be up for the challenge of staying in the top division and the games that lie ahead in the next few months.

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