West in good Nick and Oke for run in Scottish
DUNDEE West U/15 avoided a late scare as they knocked Blue Brazil out of the Scottish Cup courtesy of a 2-1 win at Charlotte Street.
Goals from Godswill Oke and Nick Fletcher were enough for the hosts to see off the Cowdenbeath outfit, who reached the last 16 last year.
It was Blue Brazil who started the game on the front foot, and manager Eoin Boylan was quick to praise his defensive unit that stood strong against one of the best teams in the region.
He said: “All five of them were outstanding. They like to play the ball on the ground but, when they need to, they can battle hard, they’ll fight for every ball.”
Oke opened the scoring for West four minutes before the break with a curling shot from the edge of the box.
Eight minutes after the restart, Fletcher raced clear of the visitors’ defence and coolly slotted the Dundee side into a 2-0 lead.
Fletcher nearly scored an identical goal after 70 minutes but saw his effort come back off the post.
Sixty seconds later, Lewis Black curled a free-kick into the top corner, setting up a nervy final few minutes for the Dundee side.
With two minutes remaining, David Boylan tipped Jack Reid’s shot on to the post. Connor Reid put the rebound into the net but the referee judged him to be offside.
With their place in round two secure, Boylan is hoping his side can better their run from last season.
He added: “We’ve got another home tie and, hopefully, we can get ourselves past that one and into the third round. The furthest we’ve been is the third round but it’s one tie at a time.”
Elsewhere in the Scottish Cup, goals from Jayden Allen, Matthew McIntosh and Ciaran Tippet handed Celtic Boys U/15 a 3-2 win over Jeanfield Swifts.
Forfar Boys U/17 also advanced to round two. Elliot Boath scored twice for them as they ran out 3-2 winners against Thornton Locos. Robbie Davidson was also on target.
In the U/19 Presidents League, Forfar West End picked up a 4-2 win over Fairmuir Violet. Ally Wilson (2), Cammy Fraser and Morgan Evans got the goals for the champions.
Dundee West U/15s (red and blue) won their Scottish Cup first-round tie against Blue Brazil 2-1.
Maryfield U/14s (yellow) overcame Brechin 3-1 in the first-round of the Scottish Cup at Fairmuir on Sunday.
DUSC U/11s (tangerine) played Broughty Pumas at Craigie 3G last Sunday.
Celtic U/15s (green and white) beat Jeanfield Swifts 3-2 after extra time in the Scottish Cup first-round last weekend.
Jeanfield Swifts U/15s couldn’t do enough in extra-time to stop Celtic winning out 3-2.