Hurlford 4 Forth 0
Forth exited the Scottish Junior Cup yesterday, going down 4-0 to an impressive Hurlford United side at Blair Park. A Kean double and further goals from Dempster and Mitchell saw the Ayrshire side progress to the 4th Round.
Forth began the game brightly and took the game to their hosts, Chris McGroarty firing a shot wide after 5 minutes. Hurlford gradually fought their way into the game and Stewart Kean headed wide from a good position after 11 minutes whilst they almost took the lead 2 minutes later. Steven Masterton leathered a free kick towards the Forth goal and only a fantastic instinctive save from JC Hutchison, getting down to his right to tip the ball onto the bar and over, prevented the hosts from taking the lead.
The opening Hurlford goal was merely delayed and it duly arrived on 20 minutes. A Forth attack down the left was broken up by Paul Cameron and the ball was quickly worked to the other end for Stewart Kean to slot home. The lead could have been doubled a minute later but Frank Gibson’s shot was just the wrong side of the post. Paul McKenzie then had a free header from a corner but again his effort was wide of the post.
Having weathered somewhat of a storm, Forth tried to get back into the game and had some good passages of play without unduly troubling the Hurlford defence and just when it looked like they may get to half time only a goal down, Hurlford struck again on 44 minutes. A Frank Gibson shot rattled off the right hand post and John Dempster was first to react and dispatched the rebound into the Wanderers net.
Hurlford began the second half determined to put the tie to bed and Hutchison in the Forth goal had to look lively on a number of occasions to keep it at 2-0. At the other end, Brown in the Hurlford goal did well to claw away an accurate Andrew Giilchrist free kick and Bryan Felvus could only fire the rebound into the side netting from an acute angle.
The game was over as a contest just over the hour mark when the unmarked Daniel Mitchell glanced home a header from a free kick but credit to the Wanderers they kept trying to play and Yamikani Misanjo fired just wide from the restart before Brown comfortably saved a Gilchrist shot.
Forth keeper Hutchison made another couple of fine stops before Kean powered his way through the Wanderers defence but firied over. Gibson then shot over as the hosts continued to attack and it was 4-0 at the death when Kean tapped in from a couple of yards after a Dempster cross had eluded the Forth defence.
The Wanderers can have no complaints about the result but can be justifiably proud of having taking a high-flying Super League team to a replay and now know the standard to which they should aspire.
A friendly, welcoming club down at Hurlford and we wish them all the best for the rest of the season.
‘Mon the Forth.
Forth team : Hutchison,Watson,McLean(Corbett),McQuade,Grant,Brown(Howson),Misanjo,McGroarty,