Crossgates Primrose 1 Newburgh 0
Newburgh exited the Scottish Cup at round 2 on Saturday when a tight game at Crossgates resulted in a 1 – 0 defeat.
Newburgh manager Alan Fortune handed starts to midweek signings Billy Polatajko and Callum Johnston with Luke O’ Brien returning to the starting line-up also.
The first half hour was a fairly turgid affair with neither team making much of an impression on the game. Defences were on top and handling any attempts to open the scoring.
The game sparked into life in the final 15 minutes of the half with both team coming close. Crossgates were the first to threaten with a quick break down the left allowing McNeish to get to the bye line and drag the ball back to Watt who wasted a gilt edged opportunity by firing his effort well over Warrenders bar.
Newburgh broke up field with 10 minutes remaining of the half and almost broke the deadlock with an Anderson drive that whistled just past the post having taken a deflection off a defender leg on the way through a crowded box. The resultant corner taken by Anderson caused the home defence some consternation with the ball being allowed to bounce in the box before a clearance could be made.
The second half got underway with Crossgates on top pushing for an opening goal and a foothold in the game. The home side got their just rewards on the 57th minute as the pressure told on the ‘Burgh defence. The ball was lost in midfield and a quick break down the right allowed the ball to be crossed over the defence to the advancing midfielder who picked his spot and slotted the ball at a tight angle past Warrender who was stranded in the goal mouth.
Newburgh sought an equaliser and their best effort came from a superb Anderson free kick that had the home keeper reaching to turn the ball over is bar for a corner.
Much as Newburgh pressed they could not breach the home defence who were soaking up everything that Newburgh could muster. Martin Woods made his ‘Burgh debut coming on for Lumsden with 20 minutes remaining.
Newburgh were reduced to 10 men when Josh Wilson was sent for an early shower on the 75th minute. The ‘Burgh continued to search for an equaliser to take the game to a replay but there search was in vain as the game drew to a close with the home side progressing to the third round draw.
‘Burgh gaffer Alan Fortune was disappointed to have exited the national cup competition at such an early stage, “wehave trained well this week and with last week’s game being of we were really up for the game today. I felt that at half time we were in a good position to push on in the second period and take the game to Crossgates. Unfortunately it was not to be so we now turn our attention to a really difficult away league fixture next weekend at Blairgowrie”.
Newburgh head to Blairgowrie next Saturday – kick off is a the earlier time of 2:00pm
Newburgh: Warrender, O’Brien, Cook, Connolly, F Wilson, J Wilson, Anderson, Lumsden (Woods 69), Polatajko, Johnston, Christie