Rob Roy 3
Euroscot Central League Cup Quarter Final
A Willie Sawyers second half hat-trick paved the way for Rabs place in the Central League Cup semi-finals when they will play their new landlords Cumbernauld United at Guys Meadow.
The first real chance of the match fell to the hosts in the 10th minute when Connolly did well to block a Breen shot, the Rabs defence failed to clear the rebound which dropped to Whyte only a few yards from goal, but somehow he managed to drag the ball wide of the open target.
Rabs responded with Morton heading a McKenzie cross over the bar, and Mitchell hit a 20-yard free-kick against the defensive wall before Gow keeper Barnes brilliantly tipped a Sawyers header over the bar.
Morton wasted a couple of decent opportunities as the visiting fans were becoming increasingly incensed at Rabs lack of finishing quality.
On the half-hour mark Whyte’s long range effort failed to trouble Connolly then minutes later McStay fired well wide of the Rabs goal.
At the other end Ronalds angular shot was easily taken by Barnes.
As the interval approached Rabs were well on top but were failing to capitalise on chances which they were creating,
Mitchell shot over the bar then Ronald had his shot blocked. Then, on the half-time whistle, Sawyers turned his man in the box but was unlucky to see his shot glide inches past the post.
The breakthrough finally came for Rabs two minutes into the second half when Sawyers knocked the ball over the line despite Boylan’s effort to keep it out.
In the 55th minute McStay curled a shot over the Rabs crossbar from out on the left wing then two minutes later Gow equalised when there seemed little immediate danger until Wilson lost possession in defence allowing Coffey to run through before delivering a fierce 18-yard volley past the helpless Connolly.
The home side snatched the lead from the penalty spot in the 66th minute when Moffat was adjuged to handle in the box, Boylan stepped up and sent the ball low into the corner of the net.
With the rain now torrential and surface water forming on the sodden surface, passing football was not the order of the evening.
In the 70th minute it was back to all square when, from an Urquhart cross, Sawyers headed the ball past Barnes.
Chances fell at both ends but it was the visitors who clinched the semi-final spot in the 80th minute when substitute Duff’s cross was headed behind for a corner and from Ronald’s resulting corner kick Rabs free-scoring striker Willie Sawyers headed home his hat-trick to the obvious delight of the Rabs travelling support.
Rob Roy;- Connolly, Watt, McKenzie, W Wilson (Deas 72), Moffat, Mitchell, Ronald, Urquhart (Brogan 85), Morton (Duff 80), Sawyers, Martin. Unused Subs;- Team, S Wilson.