HIGHLANDS AND LOWLANDS BUT NOT A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN
Deveronvale 0-3 Gretna 2008
Scorers: Telfer 19, McCartney 30, Reynard 64
Gretna 2008 made light weather of knocking the Vale out of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a comfortable three nil victory following a tedious six hour journey north to Princess Royal Park.
Telfer and McCartney had the Lowland League side singing and swinging at the interval with the second half a formality for the visitors as they used their experience to slow the game at every opportunity. David Reynard left the lowly crowd in no doubt who was going through to round two with a cracking finish shortly after the hour-mark.
The Banffers were minus the services of central defenders Scott Fraser & Steven Fraser with the returning Chris Blackhall and fellow local lad Liam Forbes linking up for the first time in central defence while Kyle Rae and Lewis Dunbar continued at full-back.
The fit again Paul Sutherland won an early corner for the Reds and Chris Blackhall wasn't far away from connecting with Graeme Watt's enticing centre as Steve Dolan's youngsters got off to a promising start.
Gretna with the breeze at their backs were struggling to find their front men which made the tie rather scrappy in the early stages although Connor Murray saw the eyes of James Blanchard after being set free in on goal with the keeper starting where left off last Saturday with a fine stop high to his right.
Visiting keeper Daniel Armstrong then punched clear a set-piece under pressure from Chris Blackhall and as the ball was played back into the back post by Graeme Watt Liam Forbes headed narrowly wide.
Gretna stole into the lead with nineteen minutes played, Adam Telfer keeping his cool as he slid the ball under Blanchy with Vale's defence looking rather narrow allowing the scorer all the time in the world to put his side into the driving seat.
The goal gave the visitors a huge lift and they started to control the midfield areas and it wasn't a surprise when they doubled their advantage, Robb McCartney simply ran at the heart of the Vale defence, turning and twisting his was past two or three defenders before planting the ball out of the reach of James Blanchard.
The Vale pushed on though and Daniel Armstrong had to look sharp after Scott Begg's block rebounded goalwards before the custodian pushed Steven Davidson's net-bound strike around the post for a corner.
Grant Noble very nearly pulled one back for the Banff side two minutes from the internal, the number ten staying on his feet after a nibble from behind could have lead to a penalty before cutting inside and sending a shot on target which was blocked by the Gretna defence deep inside the 18-yard box HT
Kyle Rae sent a 25-yarder tamelessly wide before Grant Noble volleyed over the top at the back post following a deep flag-kick as Vale tried desperately to find a way back into the tie.
A double change from the home dug-out saw Kyle Rae and Craig Cowie removed from the tie and replaced by James Duguid and Sean Keith but within three minutes it was game over as Gretna scored the goal of the game.
Karlton Rydd got the better of Scott Begg in midfield before playing a ball over the top with the outside of his boot and David Reynard sent a first-time rasper into the bottom corner to kill the tie as a contest.
With time running out the homeside started to lose their shape as they pushed bodies forward allowing Robb McCartney acres of space to race through on goal but James Blanchard stood up well and did enough to prevent the striker scoring and the keeper also denied Adam Telfer late on with another decent stop.
Vale: Blanchard, Rae (Keith 61), Dunbar, Begg, Forbes, *82 Blackhall, Sutherland, *41 Cowie (*75 Duguid 61), Davidson, Noble, Watt (cpt)
Subs: Souter, Manson, Ross, Aitken, Thompson (gk)
Gretna: Armstrong, Brennan, Wadge (* 58 Wood 49), Rudd, Inglis (Studholme 68), Dickinson, Reynard, *55 Hope, McCartney, Murray (Neill 86), Telfer
Subs: Ballantine (gk)
Manager: Steven Rudd
Referee: Gavin Duncan
Efforts On: 2
Efforts Off: 8
Overhead Conditions: Southern Breeze
Playing Surface: Good
Temp at KO: 16*C
Last Season: 0-5 Clach
|Reporter: Neil Montgomery|
|Reported LastEdited: 24-Sep-2016|