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Hurlford United Match Report - 23 March

Monday, 25 March 2019

An afternoon that started so brightly in the Cumbernauld sun for Hurlford ended in gloomy fashion as they were knocked out of the West of Scotland Cup on penalties.

The Blair Park side raced ahead as they went 2-0 up against Kirkintilloch Rob Roy thanks to a Liam Caddis penalty and a Paul McKenzie strike.

But a first-half red card for Adam Hodge, followed by a Gary Carroll double for the hosts sent the tie to penalties.

Sam Lidington, David Barron, Lewis Morrison and Liam Caddis all converted their spot-kicks – but Ross Robertson and Ritchie McKillen had their efforts saved.

Hurlford had the first chance after six minutes when Calum Watt burst down the wing and whipped a cross in, but Paul McKenzie’s cross was blocked out for a corner.

Ryan Caddis had a decent chance five minutes later when Michael Reilly squared a ball across the box, but Caddis couldn’t quite get on the end of it.

Darren Henderson’s men had a penalty shout for handball waved away after 25 minutes when Reilly’s shot was blocked.

But just a few minutes later the referee did point to the spot when Reilly was brought down by the Rabs’ goalkeeper John Hutchison.

Liam Caddis grabbed the ball and smashed it home from the spot.

Adam Hodge was booked just after the half-hour mark for a challenge well into Rob Roy’s half.

After 37 minutes Ryan Caddis drilled a free-kick in from the side of the box, and McKenzie turned it home after get got in front of a home defender.

Just before half-time Hodge was dismissed after picking up a second booking for an off the ball incident.

The hosts were awarded a penalty and Carroll smashed it home.

McKenzie had a decent chance just after half-time, but his shot fell just wide of the post.

Rob Roy equalised four minutes into the second-half thanks to Carroll again.

After 75 minutes Gavin Mackie could have put the hosts ahead, but his effort flew just over the crossbar.

And Rob Roy had the ball in the net two minutes later, but Scott Forrester was deemed to be offside when he smashed the ball home after a knock down from a corner.

With just three minutes to go, Carroll should have completed his hat-trick – but he somehow fired his close-range shot wide.

Hurlford could have nicked the tie well into stoppage time as Sam Lidington smashed a free-kick towards goal, but it was well saved by Hutchison.


Rob Roy: Hutchison, Walker, Clark, Forrester (Sweeney), Daly, McBride, Currie-McLean (Gallacher), Tuohy, Carroll, Hughes (Sawyers), Mackie. Unused subs: Vezza, Slattery. Booked: McBride, Mackie, Clark, Daly.


Hurlford: Brown, Hodge, McKillen, Barron, Robertson, L. Caddis, McKenzie, Watt (M. Morrison), Reilly (Robertson), R. Caddis (L. Morrison), Lidington. Unused subs: Fisher, Byrne. Booked: Hodge, L. Morrison. Sent off: Hodge.



Lochlin Highet

Sports Editor

Kilmarnock Standard


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