Bens Through To Semi Final at Second Time of Asking

BenburbĀ 3 Lesmahagow 0

Report by Bens

Here we are back again at New Tinto Park for a much talked about on/off replay after the controversial circumstances of the last game. Bens are still short on numbers with gaffer Paul on holiday too and The Gow have shuffled their numbers around.

The sky is heavily clouded with threatening rain as I take my seat at the top of the Tommy Douglas Stand.
The Gow kick off toward the pavilion, but it`s Bens who create the first chance when Greer on the halfway line sends Blackwood one to chase into the box, but Leishman is sharply off his line to turn it away for a corner and Gow mop up Gallacher`s near side corner.

 

Woodlock squanders a 25 yard free kick then a minute later lets fly with a screamer from around 30 yards that Sommerville takes the sting out of before gathering.
Seconds later Bens take an early lead when Gallacher just inside Gow`s half releases Lovering down the near side into the box, he takes a touch and fires past Leishman into the far corner, 1-0 (10).
Gow respond with a near side 25 yard free kick from Woodlock into the box, But Meechan rises above all to head clear.
A near side corner from Woodlock finds Maguire, but Sommerville manages to fingertip his header onto the bar and its hoofed clear by A.Wright.
Another Woodlock free kick into the box from around 22 yards on the far side is headed clear again by Meechan.
Good link up play from Bens through Gallacher, Jarvie, Blackwood and A.Wright ends with L. Lovering`s shot deflected out and The Gow mop up Gallacher`s near side corner.
Greer then tries his luck with a 25 yard free kick from the middle, but he fires his effort well over the top, then Sommerville comes through a crowded box to punch clear Woodlock`s far side corner.
A quick throw-in from Johnstone on the near side from around 16 yards into Bens box is headed clear once again by Meechan.
A.Wright is booked for a hefty challenge (25), from the resulting free kick around 20 yards out Whitefield smashes his shot off the defensive wall, it breaks out for Blackwood who races over the halfway line to send Jackson bearing down on Leishman, but the keeper gets there first to clear.
Greer is next in the book as he concedes a free kick just outside the area, Woodlock sends it in and Greer makes amends by heading clear.
Clark then drops one into the box from the far side, but Sommerville is comfortable in taking it high.
Maguire thumps a long ball for Johnstone to chase into Bens box, but Greer gets across to poke it away and Bens defence clear Woodlock`s far side corner.
Maguire again, this time with a deep 35 yard cross, but once again Sommerville is quick off his line to snatch it out the air.
Jackson hassling and harrying in the middle wins a 50/50 on the halfway line to send Blackwood tearing down the far side, he squares across for L. Lovering who does well to get the shot in under pressure from Cumming, but it flashes past the far post.
A Gallacher corner from the near side breaks out to Jarvie, but his well struck 25 yard drive is deflected away.
Bens extend their lead when Gallacher on the near side lays off to L. Lovering who tears into the box to square across for Jarvie to fire home, 2-0 (40).
A cross from McVey on the near side sees Meechan rise above all to head clear.
Bens keep things tidy as the clock ticks down to half time.
Half Time: Benburb 2 Lesmahagow 0
The rain has stayed away as we begin the second half, Gow`s Lygate on the halfway line lobs into the box toward McStay, but Greer gets there first to clear.

 

Gow make a change bringing on Fitzpatrick for McStay (49) then win a free kick on the far side 25 yards out, Woodlock sends it over to Lygate, but Sommerville takes it easily.
Then Johnstone in the middle lays off wide to Maguire on the near side who sends in the cross, but it`s Sommerville once again clutching confidently in a crowded box.
Cumming is next in the book (57) then Bens go further ahead when Jackson breaks out of his own box and dashes to the halfway line to thread through to Blackwood ghosting into the box on the far side to slot low past Leishman, 3-0 (58).
The Gow make another change replacing Maguire with Cherrie (59), a Cumming free kick from around 20 yards is charged down then Woodlock`s far side corner is cleared before Leishman punts a long one into Bens box, Fitzpatrick does well to get the shot away sandwiched between Greer and Soutar, but Sommerville has his feet planted to receive it.
Cherrie in the middle lays off to Whitefield, but his cross from the near side is plucked out the sky once again by Sommerville.
Up the other end Blackwood`s corner from the far side comes off Soutar at the back post and goes narrowly behind, then Gow make their final substitution replacing McVey with Lithgow (70).
A.Wright then sends a long ball down the far flank for Jarvie, he cuts across to fire a shot just over the bar from around 20 yards.
Bens make a change with K. Wright limping off replaced by Metcalfe (77), a Lygate halfway free kick into Bens box is cleared then Leishman thumps one from end to end forcing Sommerville to come to the edge of his box to punch away.
Another throw-in from Johnstone is collected by Sommerville then Woodlock sums up Gow`s night when he blasts his free kick well over from 18 yards just right of the “D”.
Fitzpatrick is finally booked for persistent fouling (85) then Blackwood on the near side cuts back to tee up Metcalfe, but Leishman does well to get down to his low drive at the far post.
Greer tries his luck from a free kick at the halfway line when he spots Leishman off his line, but he`s just off target as he pulls his shot past the near post.
Well that`s put that to bed as Bens ran out comfortably in the end, I don`t think the Gow can have too many complaints over the piece.
M.o.T.M. votes were spread around as expected with a number of players on top of their game, but Josh Meechan takes it with most votes, well done Josh. On to Wednesday evening when we host Yoker Athletic here at New Tinto Park in the Semi-Final 19.30 kick off with the winners facing Petershill in Sunday`s final.
MontheBens.
Benburb: Sommerville, Soutar, A.Wright, Greer, Meechan, Jackson, K. Wright, Gallacher, Jarvie, Blackwood, L. Lovering. Sub: Metcalfe.
Lesmahagow: Leishman, Cumming, Boal, Maguire, Woodlock, McVey, Clark, Lygate, Johnstone, McStay, Whitefield. Subs: Fitzpatrick, Cherrie, Lithgow.
Referee: Mr Chris Gentles.

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