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Dalry 5, Cumbernauld 2: Match Report

SHOCKTROOPS Dalry Thistle marched into the last 16 of the Scottish Junior Cup with a comprehensive win over Super League First outfit Cumbernauld United.

The Ayrshire District League minnows turned on the style as they swept away United with a scintillating second-half showing.

After three successive postponements both sides struggled to get going on the heavy Merksworth Park pitch during the opening half hour.

But two goals inside 60 seconds was just what the tie needed.

Dalry had looked the more likely side to break the deadlock but the North Lanarkshire side drew first blood in 39 minutes after Jags keeper Brian Hewitt couldn’t hold a Chris Zok effort and James Steele homed on the scene to drill home the rebound.

But the old saying “a team is at its most vulnerable just after they score” could be described of the Guys Meadow outfit who were hit within seconds of the re-start.

Conor Kelly unlocked the away defence with a pass that paved the way for Pietro Pegollo to home in on goal and beat David Buchanan with a sweet finish.

And it was advantage Dalry four minutes into the second half when Andrew Gilmartin was sent tumbling in the penalty area by James Brown and the ice-cool Pegollo drove home the spot-kick.

The home side then took a decisive step towards the fifth round and a trip to Fife to face Dundonald Bluebell when the impressive Kyle Cumming decided to take centre stage.

In the 58th minute the Thistle wideman was sent racing towards goal by Greg Wallace leaving a trail of defenders in his wake and he beat Buchanan with a decisive drive.

Ross Foley threw Cumbernauld a 66th-minute lifeline after Dalry failed to clear a corner.

But the North Ayrshire side wrapped up the tie with two goals inside the last 20 minutes.

Again Cumming was the chief tormentor and after Wallace robbed United defender Danny Doyle the midfielder whipped the ball into the danger area where lively midfielder Cumming squeezed the ball home out of Buchanan’s reach.

Then in stoppage time just when the visitors’ day looked as though it couldn’t get any worse – double disaster hit them.

Again Wallace was the creator when he beat the Cumbernauld offside trap with a clever ball to Ross Hardie who broke free and slammed home the fifth to put the icing on the cake.

And the game ended on a sour note as frustration got the better of Doyle and substitute Paul Thomson who saw red for their ensuing protests.

MOM: Kyle Cumming (Dalry Thistle)

Chris Sanderson

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One Response to Dalry 5, Cumbernauld 2: Match Report

  1. Tom Scott Reply

    February 12, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Well done to Dalry coach Stewart Wild, who joined the club’s backroom staff during the summer and brought with hime nine players from his former squad at Renfrew
    Vics/F.C. Under-21.

    Mr Wild had already secured top-flight promotion to the LSK Supplies West of Scotland Under-21 Youth League
    when he took the plunge into junior football.

    Over the years he built many a team at the Vics based on good passing football.

    I wish him well not only for the cup but the rest of the season.