Fosters Scottish Amateur Cup First Round Replay on Saturday 13th September

Report by Stuart Marlow

Halliburton travelled out to Kintore to face the local side in the Scottish Cup Fist Round Replay following a 2–2 draw last Saturday. Halli’, despite being down to the bare bones in numbers were confident of progressing against the lower league side, although they knew Kintore would, as last weekend, work extremely hard.

The Kintore park slopes big time from goal to goal and it was clear the local council had not put a grass cutter near the pitch for some time. Halli’ were playing up the slope first half and it was the visitors who took an early lead when in 6 mins a Mutch throw in from the right, was half cleared straight back to the thrower, his teasing cross was well met be Laing who looked to have scored with a strong header only for the ball to hit Donald full in the face and go over the bar. From the resultant corner, Young slammed in from close range.

In 10 Kintore mounted their first attack down the right but the low ball in by S. Gerrard was easily taken by Sct Marlow in the Halliburton goal. In 15 Halli’s Hunter laid it back to Ritchie who curled in a nice ball only for Kintore keeper Cameron to claim.

In 19 Kintore’s Mutch got onto a Halli clearance and lashed a decent effort inches wide of the far post. With 25 on the clock home defender Donald leathered an attempted shot miles wide of target then in 28 a big let off for the visitors when a great ball in from the right fell between Halli keeper Sct Marlow and skipper Simpson. Greg collected but could only belly it past the post. A good chance for the Kintore side.

On the half hour a sweet ball from Milne for Halli released S. Jaques but his cross was weak. Then a minute later it was Milne on the receiving end of a ball in from Mutch, the Halli goal-scoring legend however could not make a decent contact and his shot rolled harmlessly towards the keeper.

Strong defending from Young when Kintore lumped a long ball into space, the big man simply ushering his man the long way round his backside, minutes later the home player simply gave up exhausted. In 40 Ritchie for the visitors, collected in midfield and blasted in a left foot shot, which seemed to poleaxe a defender after hitting him on the leg?

Halli full back Mutch picked up a yellow for dissent in 38 then the same man wildy sliced at an attempted shot in 43 allowing Kintore to break, an equally as bad slice followed from Kintore as the ball was slammed out for a goal kick. Right on half time, Halli sub S.Duncan received a yellow for a needless outburst.

Half-time: 0 – 1

The Halli players were well warned about needless dissent and the importance of not picking up silly bookings and warned not to take it easy, down the slope. Indeed it was Kintore that started the brightest but without ever testing the Halli keeper. Milne had the first chance in this half for the visitors rising to head past off a Mutch free kick then in 52 Kintore won a corner, a marvellous tackle from Halli’s Ritchie blocked away a low shot off the corner kick.

It was 1-1 in 55 a quite superb ball in from the right was well met by R. Gerrard who bulleted home a header from 6 yards. In 63 Laing held it up well for Halli until a defender came across to nick it and clear before the visitors regained the lead in 69. A long ball upfield to Laing, he held it up then laid it back for the inrushing C. MacDonald to fire a low shot past the keeper.

In 70 A Kintore man received a second yellow then red. Moments later Halli looked to have scored a superb goal. A free kick from the left back position, was launched into the box by keeper Sct Marlow, Milne rose to head on and Laing headed home, only Mr Smith seemed to find any fault in this goal which he chalked off.

In 74 it was 1-3 to the visitors. Laing worked hard out left to collect hold up then take Kintore’s Donald to the cleaners before beautifully picking out a darting run from Milne who calmly slotted it home from 6 yards, lovely goal.

In 77 the silliest red card of the season, when despite warnings at half time Halliburton’s Mutch petulantly kicked the ball away after the ref blew play to a halt. This was the defenders second yellow and so he needlessly walked to level the number of players on each side.

With the difference between Division One and Division Three now clear to see, Halliburton added a 4th in 80. Hunter refused to give up on what many would have seen as a lost cause. He hunted down the keeper, nicked it off him, took it wide and somehow curled it across goal from an impossible angle. In stepped S. Jaques to keep his impressive goal run going.

Milne had done tremendously well to last the pace and was rewarded by sitting out the last 5 or 6 mins. Andrews taking over in midfield. In 86 S.Jaques did well down the left but home keeper Cameron rose to hold. Andrews showed up well in the centre for Halli, battling to win then going past his man before being unceremoniously dumped. Ritchie took the free kick and Young sent his header inches wide of the far post.

With Halli going for a 5th S. Duncan replaced N. McDonald and the sub went up front. He almost grabbed the 5th when a ball in from the left found his boot swinging at it but he failed to make a clean connection. Right at the end almost 4 mins after the 90, Halli’s Ritchie became the third man red carded for a second yellow when an attacker ran across him and fell over.

Full Time: 1 – 4

Kintore: Cameron, Donald, Munro, Mutch, Cormie, R. Gerrard, Brown, Dalgarno, S. Gerrard, Ewen, Lawrie. Subs – R. Reid, Glennie, R. Reid, Henderson, Webster

Halliburton: Sct Marlow, Mutch, Simpson, Young, N. McDonald, Hunter, C.MacDonald, Ritchie, Milne, S. Jaques, Laing. Subs – S. Duncan, Andrews