Bay leave it oh so late in Scottish Cup

Man of the match Lewis Sime receives his award from sponsor Jim Morrice, Fishmerchant, after the Scottish Cup game against Glasgow Perthshire.
Man of the match Lewis Sime receives his award from sponsor Jim Morrice, Fishmerchant, after the Scottish Cup game against Glasgow Perthshire.

It was Scottish Cup business on Saturday when Cruden Bay entertained Glasgow Perthshire at Watson Park.

An early free kick from Sime was tipped over by keeper McLaughlin and then the keeper had to tip a Norris header from the resultant corner from Glendinning.

Following the early pressure from the Bay Cahoon turned Sime just inside the box and put in a shot which was well wide.

In another Bay attack Gibb headed the ball onto Reid from a long clearance from Gatt, however the Bay striker’s shot went wide.

Mclaughlin handled the ball outside the box as the Bay attacked once more but Gibb put the free kick wide of goal.

Cuddihy broke clear on the Bay defence in a Perthshire counter attack but Gatt was quickly off his line to block the shot from the Perthshire player and the clearance was completed by Sime.

Munro then had a shot for the visitors’ after he received a long ball from defence, but the shot went well over.

A Sime free kick was initially cleared by the visitors’ defence but the ball went to Glendinning, whose shot then went wide.

At the other end a free kick from Begg was saved by Gatt at the second attempt and then another free kick from the same player on the right was tipped round the post by Gatt.

Glendinning won the ball on the left, made a run down the left and put in a shot which was easily saved by keeper, McLaughlin. Then Gibb put in cross which went across goal with no player able to connect.

An early second half Gibb corner on the left rebounded off the top of the bar and the ball cleared by the visitors defence. Reid then had a chance but keeper McLaughlin was quickly off his line to block the Bay striker’s effort. Glendinning made a good run down the left and put in a cross which Gibb turned over the bar.

Lochhead missed a good chance for the visitors’ when he headed a free kick from McKenzie just wide when in good position.

Gibb latched onto a long ball from defence and put in shot which was deflected wide by the visitors’ defence.

McGarrigle’s shot was then saved by Gatt in another Perthshire counter attack. The deadlock was in the 75th minute when the visitors broke from defence and McDonnell ran ion into the home box and slotted the ball past Gatt. The visitors’ increased their lead two minutes later when Bruce was adjudged to have handled in the box - Begg making no mistake from the spot.

The Bay were not deterred, however, and continued to attack. They were rewarded for their efforts in 80 minutes when a Ramsay corner from the right eluded everyone and went into the net.

The Bay continued to press with a wave of attacks. The equalising goal came with the last kick of the game when Norris hammered home a cross from the right.

This was good comeback from the Bay after having gone two down so late in the game; however, they need to go one better in the reply in Glasgow next week to progress in the Cup.

Cruden Bay:Gatt, Findlay, Bruce, Arthur, Sime, McLeman, Norris, Tocher, Gibb, Reid, Glendinning. Subs: Smart, Ramsay, Stainton, Patterson, Stephen.