Newburgh travelled to Volunteer Park Armadale on the back of two disappointing defeats in the league. This break for the Thorntons League Cup tie came at a good time as the squad looked to re-group and push forwards in the remaining league fixtures.
Armadale Thistle have been flying high in the South Super League all season and were sitting in second place just one point off the top so Newburgh new that they would have to be at their best to progress in the cup.
Armadale started the game well moving the ball around the park probing for an opening in the Newburgh defence. In the 4th minute a clumsy challenge in the box cost Newburgh a penalty. Dalziel stepped up and converted the spot kick low to Calum Sutherlands right to establish an early lead in the match for the home team.
Newburgh were pushed back as Armadale dominated the opening 10 minutes with Newburgh having to defend in numbers to ensure the game did not escape.
Newburgh drew level in the 13th minute with a superb break by Scott Sutherland up the left-hand side where he found time to cut the ball back perfectly for Kyle Fraser to meet at the edge of the 18-yard box and strike a fantastic shot past Murdoch in the Armadale goal.
Newburgh settled after the equaliser and took the play to Armadale showing the home side that although a league below this was a team to be reckoned with. Newburgh could have taken the lead in the 22nd minute with Aidan Edwards driving in at pace from the right hand side, the ‘Burgh wide man snatched at his shot and drove wide much to the relief of the large home support.
A catalogue of bad luck cost Newburgh at the other end of the park in the 27th minute. Slessor broke down the right for the home side and unleashed a strike that was going wide until it deflected off Gordon Clark and seemed to be goal bound but for the outstretched palm of Calum Sutherland to just reach out and turn the ball away from the line. Unfortunately, it was Dalziel again who was first to pounce smashing the ball high into the ‘Burgh net.
Newburgh could rightly feel aggrieved having acquitted themselves well in the game.
Newburgh once again rallied and it was not long until they were once again level. A slack back pass from the Armadale midfield was pounced upon by the ever-lively Scott Sutherland who drove into the 18-yard box wrong footing Murdoch and rolling the ball into the net to once again drawing Newburgh level.
Both sides created further chances as the game drew towards half time but the stalemate could not be broken and the teams retired to their respective changing rooms for half time.
It was Newburgh who were to start the second half in a positive fashion. Aidan Edwards and Brandon Wight combined well on the right forcing the Armadale defence to concede a corner. Edwards delivered a pin point accurate ball into the box where Scott Sutherland rose above everyone to power a header into the net to give Newburgh the lead in the game for the first time.
The Newburgh central defensive partnership of Sam Kirkham and Gordon Clark were called into action as Armadale pressed for an equaliser. With support from Ben Scarborough and Brandon Wight the Newburgh defence held strong. Wight was replaced with Callum Galloway as the youngster started to tire.
With Scott Sutherland and Harry Galloway playing well up front holding on to the ball allowing the midfield to support them Armadale were finding it increasingly difficult to create anything that was likely to threaten the ‘Burgh goal.
As the game approached the closing stages Newburgh introduced Ben English for Jack Hutchison and Jordan Annandale for Aidan Edwards. The fresh legs helped and Newburgh could have clinched another goal in the 80th minute with Scott Sutherland’s drive grazing the outside of the post.
Armadale drove forward as the game entered injury time but they could find no way through on goal with every Newburgh player contributing to what was a fantastic team performance clinching a place in the last 8 of the competition.
Manager Scott Hudson was delighted with his sides performance against a strong Armadale side “Armadale are a very good side with an array of highly experienced players in their line-up. We said to the lads before the game that they should take the game to Armadale. They played exactly to the game plan and got their just rewards with a well-earned win”.
Newburgh return to league duties next weekend with a visit to Newton ark to face Bo’ness Utd Juniors. Kick off is at the later time of 14:30 next weekend.
|January 25, 2020||1:45 pm||East Region League Cup||2019 - 20|
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