An­der­son is the City hero at both ends

Stirling Observer - - LEAGUE TWO -

Stir­ling City came out on top after penal­ties in a thrilling derby match against River­side on Satur­day in the FVFDA Un­der 17 Chal­lenge Cup.

In a tight first half, the best op­por­tu­ni­ties ar­rived for River­side when Jor­dan White’s header was well saved by home keeper Chris Nairn, while Adam Sharp and Llewis Hous­ton set up a chance for Kobe Furzer.

City took a foothold in the game un­til half-time with Louie Beau­sang, Lay­ton Wardrop and Neil An­der­son or­ches­trat­ing pro­ceed­ings un­til half-time. How­ever the River­side de­fence held firm with Ryan Mor­ri­son and Kenny Al­lan han­dling any­thing thrown at them.

River­side pressed from the start of the sec­ond half and it came as no sur­prise when they took the lead. Furzer stole the ball from a City de­fender, played Sharp through and the big striker opened the scor­ing.

In 68 min­utes Harry Thom­son set up Sharp who knocked the ball past Nairn but the ref­eree pulled the play back for a free-kick to River­side rather than play­ing ad­van­tage.

Ten min­utes be­fore the end City were re­duced to 10 men when one of their play­ers re­ceived a sec­ond yel­low for dis­sent but City dug in and forced ex­tra time when Beau­sang net­ted.

They went ahead when An­der­son scored but Alan McLa­gan replied for River­side to take it to penal­ties.

In the af­ter­math of the equaliser, McLa­gan and Nairn had to leave the pitch after a clash and goalscorer An­der­son re­placed Nairn in goal.

He proved to be the hero, mak­ing a fine save as City won 5-3 on penal­ties.

GDWM Man of the Match for River­side was skip­per Jor­dan White.

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