|12th November 2016||15:00||The South Challenge Cup||2016-17|
|Team||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
EAST STIRLINGSHIRE 9 NEWTON STEWART 0
Shire reached the quarter-finals of the SFA South Region Challenge Cup with a comprehensive victory over South of Scotland League Newton Stewart at Ochilview.
The hard work was done by John Sludden’s team in the opening half hour, by which time Shire were already 5-0 up. The momentum was slowed a bit by the sending-off of skipper Derek Ure eight minutes before half-time and the game was further disrupted by another red card for Newton Stewart’s Roddy Cooksley four minutes later.
Nevertheless, Shire continued to search for goals after the break and the afternoon was a personal triumph for Andy Rodgers who ended the game with five goals, including all three in the second half.
The coach introduced new loan signing from Clyde, Michael Oliver, to partner Connor Greene in the centre of defence while Andy Grant was moved to right-back with Graeme MacGregor’s hamstring injury again forcing him out of the line-up.
Shire had made a slow start in the previous round against another South of Scotland League team, Mid Annandale, but there was no repeat this time and they came out of the traps flying.
After just two minutes Liam Allison’s throw-in was flicked on by Paul Sludden to Derek Ure and his pass played Kris Faulds in to shoot home from inside the penalty area to make it 1-0.
Five minutes later new boy Oliver got involved with a run down the right and a pass to Sludden. He whipped in a cross from the right to the back post where Rodgers was waiting to shoot into the net from almost point-blank range.
Allison might have made it 3-0 with a shot at the back post but managed only to find the side net but, after 17 minutes, the third goal arrived as Rodgers played in Sludden who finished with a lovely half-volley into the far bottom corner.
After 21 minutes Sludden passed a free-kick in to David Grant, who rolled the ball into the path of Ure to lash into the back of the net for Shire’s fourth goal. Just a couple of minutes later Jamie Glasgow was really unlucky not to make it 5-0 with a superb curling shot which hit the post.
The visitors did their best to break the siege around their goal and Robbie Thomson came close with a long-range shot which flew just over Jamie Barclay’s crossbar.
But the time kept on flowing in the other direction. After 28 minutes a great mazy run from David Grant ended in a cut back for Faulds to shoot home from inside the box for the fifth goal.
David Grant saw a looping header go over the bar and then Rodgers had a shot which hit the inside of the post and come back out with the visiting defence eventually able to hoof the ball clear.
But three minutes later Ure’s tackle on Thomson was deemed dangerous by the referee and the Shire skipper was sent-off.
The attacks continued, though, and only a brilliant save with an outstretched leg by keeper Euan Drysdale stopped David Grant making it 6-0. Nevertheless, after 39 minutes David Grant was tripped inside the box and Rodgers scored the sixth goal from the penalty spot.
Four minutes before half-time Newton Stewart were reduced to ten men when Roddy Cooksley was shown a second yellow card. However, not long after Robert Hughan’s free-kick skimmed the top of the Shire crossbar.
Shire started the second half at a lick and some great play set up Allison but he blazed over when well-placed while, at the other end, Barclay made his first save from Michael Wilson’s header at a corner.
It was Wilson who set Shire on their way to a seventh goal with a late challenge on Rodgers inside the box that had the referee pointing to the penalty spot again . Rodgers completed his hat trick with the spot kick after 54 minutes.
Dylan McGuigan, Drew Ramsay and Lewis Peddie were all given good game time from the bench and Peddie might have had the eighth goal with a long-range shot after 73 minutes that was turned round the post by Drysdale.
But a minute later David Grant’s run into the box ended with a low cross for Rodgers to guide the ball over the line at the near post from almost under the bar and that did make it 8-0.
Peddie’s quick thinking after 76 minutes helped Shire get a ninth goal. He took a midfield free-kick quickly and fed Rodgers who raced to the edge of the box before hitting a superbly-judged chip shot over the keeper and into the net.
Visiting substitute Marc Whyte might have pulled one back with a shot from just inside the box that went narrowly over but, with five minutes to go, McGuigan was so unlucky not to make it 10-0 after a great run ended with a shot which smacked off the far post.
SHIRE : Barclay, A. Grant, Allison(Ramsay 61), Oliver, Greene, Faulds(Peddie 70), Rodgers, Ure, D. Grant, Sludden, Glasgow(McGuigan 61).
NEWTON STEWART : E. Drysdale, Henry, Hughan(Holmes 46), Wilson, Cooksley, Blain, Deazley(Kiltie 63), Thomson, Garrett, Fisher, R. Drysdale(Whyte 63).
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