Wait Over As Wishaw Edge Into Quarter Final Spot

Wishaw Juniors 1 Forth Wanderers 0 


Report by Lindsay Robertson 

Cup tie football usually falls into one of two categories. There’s the classic which is remembered for the drama and thrills of the tie and there’s the “hard-fought” which is tenses tight, nervous and often feisty.

Today’s tie at “The Beltane” most definitely falls into the latter category there was lot’s of effort, fight and commitment and that at the end that feeling of relief for one side that they have gone through to the next round. 

Maybe it was the nerves of the occasion or the fact that both sides have been heavily hit by the weather and have been pretty inactive over the last few weeks that led to a match that was scrappy at times then burst into life from time to time when either side found their form. 

In the end the home side deserved the victory as over the piece they looked the most likely to find the net with both Kindlan and Smillie causing the visitor’s problems throughout the game. 

Wishaw began the brighter of the two sides and Smillie was sent racing clear on the right only to see his low centre blocked away for a corner before it reached anyone in the centre. Then Coffey got on the end of a cross from the other side but could not direct his header on goal and it drifted well wide. At the other end a break from the visitors saw Larkin lay the ball back to Grenfell but under challenge the player scuffed his shot from the edge of the box before it was cleared. 

On the 15 minute mark Wishaw created another opening this time Smillie again bore in from the right and his centre took a nick off a defender and bounced up in front of Coffey but under challenge the Wishaw forward could not get any power in the effort and it dropped to safety.  

Still the bulk of pressure was coming from the home side and both Smillie and Coffey had further efforts before Wishaw eventually grabbed the lead. Smillie and Kindlan had been combining well on the Wishaw right and did so again before Kindlan scampered through a challenge and clear of the visiting defence as players closed in the winger fired in a shot which took a touch of a defender to take the ball above and beyond Cherrie in the visiting goal and give the home side the lead. 

To this stage the home side had looked pretty much in command but as the game edged into the last ten minutes of the first half it was the visitor’s who began to get a little more control. First up was a corner which was cleared by the home defence which looked to be pretty safe before full back McCardle caught the ball with a powerful low strike from around twenty five yards that Thomson got down well to palm away for another corner. Next up Larkin set up McGeechan but his strike on the run curled wide of the post. Then after a McKeown free kick was only partially cleared Larkin toe poked an effort goal wards again which Thomson again managed to react quickly enough to turn away with one hand. 

Just as the game edged to the half time whistle it could have turned on its head after Wishaw central defender Schonville went to challenge for a dropping ball half way inside the Wishaw half the strong challenge left Grenfell on the ground as players god involved in a melee before the referee decided to send the Wishaw player off before booking both Smillie and McKeown who may well have been fortunate to have seen only yellow following his reaction to the challenge. 

With tempers fraying after the incident it was fortunate that the referee blew for half time just after the ordering off to allow the situation to calm down. 

Half Time: Wishaw 1 Forth Wanderers 0 

With the home side a man short it was up to the visitor’s to take advantage of their extra player and make the running in the second half. 

First chance of the half came after Coffey was booked for a foul on the Wishaw right the high swinging free kick missed everyone and dropped at the back post but a stretching Dunlop could not make a clean connection and his header dropped wide. Then Jarvie saw his low cross scuffed clear before Wishaw blocked the rebound and cleared to safety. 

While the bulk of the pressure was heading towards the Wishaw goal they still had the threat of Smillie and Kindlan on the break and 20 minutes in the latter burst through the Forth backline on a solo run only for Cherrie to parry away his driven effort.  

On the half hour mark the home side had a great chance to seal it when Kindlan turned provider and his pass saw McCafferty in on goal the substitute though could just not lift his lobbed effort high enough and Cherrie was able to snuff out the danger. 

With ten minutes left Forth saw another chance tom level go by as a header from Grenfell dropped wide before at the other end Smillie again from a Coffey pass and Cherrie once more had to be at his best to turn away another stinging effort from the Wishaw striker. 

Slowly but surely the home side were edging towards the last 16 and when McGeechan let his frustration get the better of him and had a hack at McCafferty resulting in another player melee and a red card for the visiting midfielder the chance of clawing the game back were gone and the home side saw out the last couple of minutes and booked a trip to Yoker next Saturday.  

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