Whitburn 0 Forth 2
Forth progressed to the 3rd Round of the Scottish Junior Cup with a hard fought 2-0 victory over Whitburn at Central Park yesterday. Second half goals from Jordan Smith and Yamikani Misanjo ensured the Wanderers will be in the draw for the next round.
Forth made two changes from the side which performed so well at Petershill last week, JC Hutchison returning in goal in place of Glenn Weir and Marc Howson replacing Jason Corbett at right back.
The Wanderers have made a habit of starting strongly and scoring early this season but it was the hosts who began this match brightly and they almost took the lead on 10 minutes. Bryan King rattled a shot off the Forth crossbar and Darren Wilson shot home the rebound, unfortunately for Whitburn he was in an offside position and the goal was disallowed.
As the half progressed Forth began to press and home keeper Jordan Allan saved well from Andrew Gilchrist before Jordan Smith connected with a corner but he fired his header well wide. The Wanderers then had a reasonable claim for a penalty when Chris Lennon appeared to be shoved to the ground after a strong run but the referee waved away the strong Forth appeals. The game was swinging from end to end, but neither keeper was unduly troubled and half time arrived with the deadlock unbroken.
Yamikani Misanjo replaced Barry Canning at the start of the second half and within 11 minutes the Wanderers were ahead. A Chris McGroarty free kick was missed by the Whitburn defence and Jordan Smith was on hand at the back post to fire the ball home from close range.
Whitburn then enjoyed a period of supremacy as they sought to get back on terms, but a mixture of fine defending and profligate finishing meant they failed to do so, although they came close when only a goal line clearance denied them. At the other end, Tony Traynor was causing problems for the Whitburn defence and substitute Bryan Felvus shot straight at Allan from a good position.
The Forth support had suffered a few nervous moments in the second half and the sense of relief was palpable when they made the tie secure in the 90th minute. Tony Traynor raced through the home defence and rounded keeper Allan only to be brought down by the stopper although not before he fired a shot against the post. The referee however, pulled the game back to award a penalty and show a red card to Allan for his troubles. Yamikani Misanjo stepped up and dispatched the penalty into the net with the minimum of fuss to send the Wanderers into the 3rd Round.
A fine team performance again from the Wanderers and another pleasing clean sheet. Back to league business next week with a another way trip to Vale of Leven.
‘Mon the Forth.
Forth team : Hutchison,Howson,McLean,Smith,Grant,Canning(Misanjo),Lennon(McQuade),