Forth 6 Coupar Angus 0
Forth progressed to the 2nd round of the Scottish Junior Cup with a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Coupar Angus at Kingshill Park this afternoon. Yamikani Misanjo scored two with the other goals coming from Chris Lennon,Bryan Felvus, Andrew Gilchrist and an own goal.
The visitors began on the front foot and took the game to Forth in the opening minutes, but a couple of early attacks came to nothing. At the other end a Bryan Felvus free kick was easily held by Coupar Angus keeper Marc Mackie.
After 5 minutes Kurt Herd cut out a loose pass from Barry Canning and fed Dale Kennedy but the visiting striker pulled his shot wide.
Forth then began to dominate, with Chris Lennon causing the visiting defence numerous problems down the right wing. On 16 minutes Felvus picked out Andrew Gilchrist on the left and the winger beat a defender before firing a shot across the goal but narrowly wide. Felvus then blasted over on 17 minutes before Forth finally made the breakthrough a minute later. Felvus was the provider setting up Yamikani Misanjo inside the box and although keeper Mackie did well to block the striker’s initial effort, Misanjo made no mistake when the rebound fell to him.
Two minutes later and Forth doubled their lead through Bryan Felvus. A corner from the left was headed on to Felvus and he blasted home from six yards out. It was one way traffic towards the Coupar Angus goal at this point and Misanjo headed a Lennon cross over before Lennon fired a shot narrowly wide. It was no surprise when a third goal arrived on 37 minutes although there was a shade of controversy about it. Chris Lennon looked to have run the ball out before cutting the ball across the goal where it was turned into his own net by a Coupar Angus defender, but despite visiting protests the goal stood.
Lennon then setup Misanjo but the Forth striker could only fire into the side net from close range. Another Forth goal looked to be coming and it duly arrived on 42 minutes. Andrew Gilchrist received the ball on the left, beat the first defender and headed into the box and although it looked like the chance had been blocked by the keeper, Gilchrist kept the ball under control, doubled back on himself and stroked the ball into the net to give the Wanderers a four goal half-time advantage.
Forth began the second half with Alan Stevenson on for manager Chris McGroarty and the midfielder,making his first appearance of the season, fired a shot wide just after the restart. At the other end, Jordan Begg had a shot blocked for a corner as the visitors sought to reduce the deficit, but the game soon mirrored the pattern of the first half with Forth beating a path towards the visiting goal.
Felvus had a shot easily saved by the keeper before Misanjo had a couple of chances, firing one wide and the other straight at keeper Mackie. Substitute Marc Howson then had a great opportunity when the ball fell kindly for him in the box but the midfielder volleyed high and wide. After such profligate finishing, it fell to Chris Lennon to show his team mates how to do it and he did so in spectacular style on 69 minutes with a fine individual goal. Picking the ball up around the centre circle,Lennon slalomed his way through the Coupar Angus defence before finishing past Mackie with aplomb to make it 5-0.
On 70 minutes a rare Coupar Angus attack ended with Greg Ryder firing over after a free kick had been headed clear by the Forth defence but normal service was soon resumed with Misanjo sliding a shot narrowly past before colliding with keeper Mackie. The Wanderers striker recovered after treatment and scored the final goal of the game on 74 minutes when a through balll from Lennon sent him clear and he buried the ball into the net with the minimum of fuss.
Forth continued to press but a mixture of poor finishing and good goalkeeping kept the score to 6-0. Misanjo was the chief culprit, John Miller clearing his shot from the line before keeper Mackie blocked another shot whilst yet another attempt was fired over. Andrew Gilchrist then smacked a shot off the bar and Mackie made a tremendous stop from Misanjo’s rebound.
Overall, a comfortable victory for the Forth which sees them in the second round draw a week on Wednesday.
‘Mon the Forth.
Forth team : Weir,Corbett,McLean,Watson,Canning,Brown,Lennon,McGroarty(Stevenson),