Thorniewood go out of cup while Bellshill make their point in league

Thorniewood v Broughty. New signing Brian Johnston is unsuccessfull in his attempt to bundle the ball home for Thorniewood.
Thorniewood v Broughty. New signing Brian Johnston is unsuccessfull in his attempt to bundle the ball home for Thorniewood.

Thorniewood went out of the Scottish Junior Cup when a competent Broughty Athletic proved too good for them at Robertson Park on Saturday.

The Viewpark side were looking to join local rivals Bellshill Athletic in the last 32 of the competition.

But the visitors began this third round tie brightly and it was no surprise when they took a fifth minute lead.

A cross into the box wasn’t dealt with by the Thorniewood defence, allowing BRYAN DUELL to turn and get in a shot which spun over the line after taking a deflection off home defender Kieran McIntyre.

Broughty continued to press and blazed a shot wide before they doubled their lead in the 24th minute when LEE SIBANDA was given time and space to thump an unstoppable 20-yarder into the top left-hand corner.

Another long-range effort scraped a United post before Thorniewood registered their first real opportunity in the 30th minute when Stephen Mullen’s well struck volley was blocked by the Athletic rearguard.

Thorniewood’s unconvincing showing continued to cause concern in the 38th minute when a cross from the right was headed inches wide by Duell.

However three minutes later the Viewpark side got themselves back into the contest when Gary Duggan released MULLEN on the right and he drove into the box before finding the far corner.

But within moments of the restart Broughty restored their two-goal advantage.

A long through ball unluckily came off an unsuspecting Brendan Smith, allowing RYAN DIGNAN the opportunity to lob home from the edge of the area.

The Dundee side continued to look the likelier but United responded when a corner was spilled by ’keeper Ross with Brian Johnston just failing to knock it over the line.

Athletic chances continued to come and go while Thorniewood’s best opportunities were Johnson just failing to reach a Mullen cross and a Duggan cross played across goal finding no takers.

Thorniewood: Murphy, Green, McIntyre (Collins 53), Doyle, Fleming, Smith, Johnston (Graham 69), Hamilton, Mullen, Grant, Duggan. Subs not used: McBride, McSorley.

Meanwhile Bellshill emerged with a share of the spoils from their Central League Division 1 clash with promotion rivals Blantyre Victoria on Saturday.

Athletic made the short journey across the Clyde after Blantyre’s Castle Park ground passed an inspection.

Bellshill pushed forward from the kick-off and efforts by Andy Selkirk and Jason McKay went narrowly past before Vics ’keeper Macklin did well to keep out a Chris Dolan shot.

With the Vics ’keeper off his line McKay sent a 25 yard shot inches past and Vics defender McShane blocked a Craig Holmes goal bound header.

At the other end Vics striker Kirkwood’s close range attempt was blocked by Lee Nichol and ’Hill ’keeper Alexander Cowie saved Galt’s rebound.

As the home side took control Sinclair, Malcolm and Galt all came close before Blantyre scored in 14 minutes when Green back-heeled the ball to SMITH who fired home.

Bellshill reacted to the setback and McKay and Selkirk had efforts saved before DOLAN equalised in the 22nd minute from a Steven Tart corner.

McKay then headed a Dolan free-kick behind and Macklin did well to keep out a well struck Selkirk attempt.

Two minutes after the break a Dolan shot struck the Blantyre bar and Macklin then pushed a Holmes shot behind before making an excellent stop from a close range Selkirk header.

Cowie raced off his line to clear from Kirkwood after 65 minutes and two minutes later he pushed a Lochhead free kick over the top.

Bellshill went ahead after 79 minutes when SELKIRK fired a Holmes pass into the net.

The visitors missed the chance to wrap up the points when Ryan Connelly failed to hit the target when sent clear by Selkirk and a Gary McGrath shot was deflected behind by McShane.

Blantyre equalised in the 88th minute when GREEN fired a Malcolm cross past Cowie from 10 yards.

Bellshill: Cowie, Shaw, McKee, Nichol, Soutar, Tart, Dolan (Burke), McGrath, Selkirk, McKay (Connelly), Holmes (Ferguson). Subs not used: McCarry, Gupwell.