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CHIRNSIDE FOOTBALL CLUB - MATCH REPORT

 

 

Date : 28th February 2009

 

 

Opposition : Newtown

 

 

Competition : Border Cup

 

 

Location : Away

 

 

 

Chirnside Starting Team

 

No. Name Position Rating
1 Jason Luggett Goalkeeper 6
2 Jamie Stobie Right Back 7
3 David Lough Left Back 7
4 Mark Hume Sweeper 7
5 Stevie Christie Centre Half 7
6 Andrew Ponder Centre Midfield 6
7 Duncan Morrison Centre Midfield 7
8 Steven Shennan Right Wing 5
9 Jocky Turner Striker 6
10 Jordan Lauder Striker 5
11 Chris Young Left Wing 6

 

Subs

 

No. Name Comments Rating
12 Paul Johnston . .
14 Des McKinnon . .
15 Jack Windram on for J.Lauder 60 mins 6
16 . . .
17 . . .

 

 

Score : 2 - 1

 

Scorers : J.Turner (pen), D.Morrison

 

Bookings : 3

 

Sendings off : 0

 

 

Report

 

Chirnside travelled to Newtown for the 3rd time this season in the semi finals of the Border Cup hoping to reach their first final after a trophyless season last campaign.

 

The game began with Newtown going straight on the attack and within 30 seconds they were awarded what seemed a soft freekick out on their touchline, when the freekick was swung in to the back post, it looked a routine unchallenged catch for Lugget in the Chirnside goal but the big keeper misjudged the catch and threw the ball on to the post only for the rebound to be bundled over the line by the Newtown striker.

 

This early setback seemed to rattle Chirnside and the home side nearly went 2 up in 5 minutes when an almost identical free kick was swung in again but this time it rattled the bar and Chirnside managed to clear their lines. The home side’s tails were now up and they continued to press for another goal but for all their early pressure in the first 20 minutes they couldn’t create a clear cut chance and the score remained one nil.

 

With the pitch resembling quicksand down at Cocklawburn beach Chirnside managed to create a half chance for Shennan but a great tackle at the back post from a Newtown defender stopped him getting his shot away. Chirnside were now scraping themselves back into the match and soon created another chance when Morrison broke down the left and crossed for Shennan but the winger saw his strike brilliantly cleared off the line by the Newtown full back.

 

Chirnside were now very much back in the game and the final got a goal back from a penalty when Shennan was bundled over in the box and Turner coolly sent the Newtown keeper the wrong way to equalise. The remaining 5 minutes of the half remained a cagey affair with neither side wanting to lose another goal before half time.

 

HT 1-1

 

The second half began with Newtown coming straight at Chirnside but again for all their pressure they failed to trouble the Chirnside defence from open play. However the first chance of the half fell to the homeside when a good corner kick was swung in and only half cleared by the Chirnside defence and the following rebound was saved well by Lugget who got down to his near post to clear the danger. After weathering the first ten minutes of the half Chirnside came into the game again and it was their turn to have ten minutes or so of some good pressure. As with Newtown, the men in green failed to create any clear cut chances from open play but from set pieces both Morrison and Shennan were guilty of missing two good chances. The game was fairly even now with both sets of players struggling to get a foothold on the increasingly heavy pitch.

 

With 20 minutes remaining Chirnside thought the had taken the lead when Turner ran from behind his marker to blast the ball past the Newtown keeper but the referee adjudged it to be offside. However with 15 minutes remaining Chirnside scored when again from another set piece Turner flicked on a long throw and Morrison arrived to head the ball home to make it 1-2 to the away side.

 

As expected the last 15 minutes saw an onslaught from Newtown on the Chirnside goal but again they could not create from open play. However some cracking corner kicks by the homeside were causing some trouble for the Chirnside defence but they managed to clear them with some valiant defending. Newtown were then given a life line, when an easy clearance by Shennan saw him lose the ball and then pull the Newtown winger back in the box, giving away a stupid penalty for reasons only known to the Chirnside winger.

 

From the resultant penalty though, Chirnside keeper Lugget rose to the occasion and made up for his earlier mistake by saving the penalty, in the process earning himself a few free drinks from the relieved Shennan. Chirnside managed to see out the rest of the game to hold on for a hard fought victory to book their place in the final against Stow.