Dyce Juniors 2 Forth Wanderers 1
The Wanderers exited the Scottish Junior Cup yesterday,losing 2-1 up at Dyce. A Chris Lennon penalty saw Forth ahead at half-time although they were to rue their missed opportunities as Dyce came storming back to equalise and then score a winner 3 minutes into stoppage time.
Forth were once again down to the bare bones but began the match in confident mood, Chris McGroarty heading a Marc Howson cross straight at home keeper Ross Buchanan after 11 minutes. Two minutes later and it was Dyce on the attack, Chris Mountford heading wide after a long ball in from the right.
Chris Lennon, employed as a lone striker, was giving the home defence a torrid time and fired a free kick over from a good position on 14 minutes before he appeared to be impeded in the box a minute later, the referee waving away the strong penalty appeals. Lennon was fouled again in the next Forth attack and this time a penalty was awarded, the striker dusting himself down before firing the penalty straight down the middle and into the net.
The Wanderers were playing some neat football and there appeared to be no hangover from the heavy defeat by Wishaw the previous week. Another well worked move after 23 minutes saw McGroarty find Kris Dick in the box, but the Forth midfielder headed over. Lennon then embarked on another great run but when the ball broke to Barry Canning, he could only fire over.
At the other end Paul Smith had to turn over a Buchanan effort in a rare Dyce attack before the Wanderers missed a great opportunity to double their lead just prior to the break. Lennon received the ball in the box and had time to steady himself before firing just wide. A let off for Dyce and a significant moment in the grand scheme of things.
Forth began the second half as they finished the first, Jason Corbett directing a Lennon free kick just past the post before Kris Dick fired narrowly over. However, Dyce were more prominent as the half progressed and equalised on 55 minutes. Paul Smith did well to save the initial header but Ryan Stewart followed up to bundle the rebound home.
Lennon then embarked on another searing run only to fire over before setting up Andrew Gilchrist but Buchanan easily held his shot. Lennon then intercepted a ball just over the half way line and was brought down, a typical last man challenge and red card to all but the referee who flashed a yellow to much consternation from the Wanderers and their supporters.
The game was now swinging from end to end and Andrew Gilchrist went close for Forth before Paul Smith made two tremendous stops to keep the Wanderers level as Dyce began to exert more pressure. As injury time arrived, Jordan Smith met a McGroarty corner to setup Jason Corbett but he headed just over and from the resulting bye kick, Dyce were awarded a mysterious free kick which Bob Duncan fired into the box and Tom Yeats appeared to get the slightest of touches to direct the ball into the net. Joy for Dyce but heartache for Forth as the final whistle soon sounded.
A decent performance from Forth but a Cup exit nonetheless, with a difficult trip to unbeaten league leaders Cambuslang Rangers up next. We’d like to thank our hosts from Dyce for their hospitality and wish them good luck in the next round of the Cup.
Forth team : P.Smith,Howson,Corbett,J.Smith,Cockrell,Brown,Canning,K.Dick,Lennon,