United Out Of 3rd Cup

FRASER WILSONContributor IOctober 25, 2009

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24/10/09 West of Scotland Cup Dalziel 0 Stewarton United 0 (Dalziel win 3-0 after Extra Time)

Stewarton were sent crashing from the West of Scotland cup on Saturday to Dalziel of the Caledonian AFC league.

United were far from phased by the celebrated Lanarkshire team and showed their true strength of character from the start as they pressured from the right. Taylor took up the right wing position with McArthur switching to the left this week, and time and again he and McCluskey threatened to undo the home defence with persistence.

However, it was Dalziel who had the first real effort as on 13 minutes a short back pass from Hamilton was thrashed across the face of the Stewarton goal from the right, only to be unmet.

The home side persisted with their pressure at this time and had a string of corners from which they could not convert. This almost proved to be their undoing as great play from McArthur and McCluskey allowed the big striker to drive in from the left only to see his shot narrowly go past the keeper’s far post.

As the game threatened to boil over after consistent niggling by Dalziel Stewarton kept their cool and threatened just before half time when a well-delivered free-kick from Thomson was flicked on by Waddell to McCluskey whose effort was excellently blocked, and the half finished at 0-0.

Eight minutes in, and just as the second half was getting going, Scott Thomson landed awkwardly on his right leg and had to be taken to hospital, leaving United disappointed to lose the young right back who had played well.

The remainder of the half saw United create several chances, but they were short on luck in the game and the tie went to extra-time.

Five minutes into extra-time and the first real time Wilson was called into action in the United goals he made a fine save with his legs at his near post. However, just before the end of the first-half, the United keeper could do nothing to stop Dalziel’s number ten slotting a well placed right foot shot from the edge of the box to open the scoring.

Stewarton chased the equlaiser in the second half, and as they did so Dalziel found space to counter. As they broke after another unlucky United attack, their number 17 coolly slotted home to make it 2-0.

Unlucky United were to have more misery heaped on them as Taylor was judged to have brought down Dalziel’s number 15 allowing their number nine to slot away the penalty just at the end of the game.

United return to league action next week at home to Crosshill and will hope to end the month with a victory after a run of disappointing cup results.