Josh seals vic­tory

Vis­i­tors ar­rived just be­fore kick-off

Strathearn Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Staff re­porter

Good game sees Vale make Cup progress

Vale of Earn pro­gressed to the next round of the Scot­tish Cup with a 4-3 win over Bank Street Ath­letic af­ter an ex­cit­ing af­ter­noon’s foot­ball at Mar­ket Park.

With the vis­i­tors bizarrely ar­riv­ing in Cri­eff just 10 min­utes be­fore kick off, al­ready in their kits, the game started at a quick pace.

Vale al­ways looked dan­ger­ous, es­pe­cially with for­ward Josh Roberts – whose blis­ter­ing pace and drib­bling abil­ity was a con­stant threat to the vis­i­tors.

The home side found them­selves a goal down early on when a cross into the box was guided home by an away striker.

The Cri­eff side did not panic, though, and kept try­ing to play foot­ball.

Vale got their equaliser when Calum Fraser found Aaron Daw­son free in the box and he coolly volleyed into an empty net.

Shortly af­ter­wards, Garry Brock’s men got their noses in front when an Aaron Daw­son through ball found Josh Roberts free on goal and he made no mis­take from close range.

Vale had a few chances to­wards the end of the half but only had the one goal lead to take into half-time.

In the sec­ond half, the vis­i­tors bagged an early equaliser with a great long range strike that flew into the bot­tom cor­ner.

With the game be­com­ing scrappy, Vale man­aged to forge ahead again when Brian Fin­lay rolled back the clock to waltz past two de­fend­ers and round the keeper be­fore slot­ting home.

The Bank Street keeper was lucky not to see red as he threw a punch at Fin­lay in the process of scor­ing the goal.

Poor de­fend­ing from the Vale and a cheap foul given away at the edge of the box was duly pun­ished as Bank Street scored di­rect from the free-kick.

At this point in the game the away side’s dis­ci­pline had al­most to­tally gone, leav­ing fans of the home side feel­ing there could only be one win­ner.

And, right on cue, up popped that man Josh Roberts to round off a fine af­ter­noon by curl­ing a left-footed shot over the keeper from the edge of the box to seal the Vale vic­tory.

Team: Steven­son, Myles, Ritchie, G Brock, Gil­bert, Brown, Daw­son, Fin­lay, R Brock, Fraser and Roberts. Subs: Gunn, Howie, Miller, Gillies and Brem­ner.

Mean­while, Vale trav­elled to Dun­blane This­tle for a friendly on Tues­day this week, los­ing 4-1 in what was de­scribed as a good work­out for the side.

• Se­lected am­a­teur foot­ball re­sults for Satur­day were as fol­lows:

Di­vi­sion One: Fai rcity 0, Auchter­arder Prim­rose 11. Di­vi­sion Three: Strat­hearn Grove 1, Scone This­tle 1.

Fix­tures for Satur­day this week are as fol­lows:

Di­vi­sion One: Auchter­arder Prim­rose v Lun­carty ASC. Di­vi­sion Three: Dunkeld and Bir­nam v Strat­hearn Grove.

All kick-off times 2pm.

Dou­ble strike Josh Roberts

Marks­man Aaron Daw­son

Blast from past Brian Fin­lay

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