MINERVA cruised into the sixth round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday with a comfortable win against fellow East Dunbartonshire side Rannoch Ams, who play in the Bearsden area.
Rannoch Ams.................... 0
Campsie Minerva................ 3
Scottish Amateur Cup Rnd 5
The Minerva players were pleasantly surprised to hear their game was on, with both Lennoxtown and Kirkintilloch suffering from ice and snow, yet the King George V pitch was in good condition.
Minerva took the game to their opponents from the kick-off, but the early minutes of the match saw the visitors initially struggle to get their rhythm.
With only eight minutes on the clock, however, veteran centre-forward McKie was given the chance he was looking for. The tall striker trapped a loose ball some 25 yards from goal and then shot powerfully past the home keeper.
This player’s Minerva career has been littered with goals of this quality.
Minerva continued to make chances and midfielder Gow came close with a shot on 12 minutes.
The same player set up Durick minutes later, but unfortunately the final shot was off target.
The home side, to their credit, did not buckle and periodically had the Minerva back three of Mooney, McGregor and Reilly on the back foot – although in honesty keeper Tait had little to do.
The chances kept coming for Minerva. Efforts from McLaughlin, Gow and C. Duff went close, but a mixture of off-target shots and some inspired goalkeeping by the Rannoch keeper kept the scoreline down.
It was centre-forward McKie again who increased the lead. Latching onto a loose ball 18 yards from goal he was able to steer the ball home.
There was to be no more scoring in the first half, although Minerva were pleased with their efforts thus far.
Midfielder J. Duff had put in a good shift on his return from suspension.
The second period took a similar pattern to the first – lots of Minerva pressure, with Rannoch reduced to the odd breakaway.
With 51 minutes on the clock Minerva notched their third. McKie was unlucky to see a shot rebound from the bar, but the alert Durick was on hand to tap the ball home from close range.
Minerva clearly felt comfortable and were able to give all five substitutes a much-needed run-out in this game.
Chances were still being created and Mooney headed just wide with the goal gaping.
Substitute M. Young then blasted over from close range when it looked easier to score, having been cutely set up by fellow sub G. Young.
Ultimately there was to be no more scoring in this game and Minerva were happy to progress to the next round.
Minerva: Tait, Mooney, McGregor, Reilly, Durick, Gow, J Duff, Cross, C Duff, McLaughlin, McKie. Subs: Kimmet, Morton, M Young, Smart, G Young.
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