Echt exit cup in replay

Echt’s early decision to switch this Scottish Amateur Cup 5th round replay to the all-weather pitch at Kaimhill proved to be spot-on with the overnight frost on Friday again decimating the local Minor Football Programme.

Echt’s line up included only five players who had featured in the starting eleven at Oban the previous week due to unavailability and late call offs.

The opening exchanges were fairly even with both sides adjusting to the all weather surface.

Alan Douglas moved forward right side in the 8th min and fed Marc Lawrence on the edge of the Oban box but the parting shot was easily gathered by visiting keeper Douglas. 

Echt successfully defended an Oban 20 yard free kick in 15 minutes and also a Gemmill throw in - hurled into their six yard box - a ploy that had been continually used in the 2-2 draw in Oban,and again repeated throughout this match.

Alan Daun and Andy Davidson won Echt a left side flag kick in 18 minutes and with the visitors temporarily on the backfoot, a defender just won the ariel battle with Echt’s Douglas on an inviting Stuart Cooper cross two minutes later.

The visitors had by now, however, got a good foothold in the game and the Echt rearguard were being asked serious questions.

Oban broke the deadlock in 23 minutes when the ball was worked across the Echt 18 yard box, right to left, Gemmill got to the bye line and lifted a great delivery across goal for the unmarked Millar to easily head past Paul Bennett. 

Echt conceded a second in 26 minute. Defending another long Gemmill throw in from the left, they managed to get the ball clear as far as the right penalty box junction where McCauley gained possession, side stepped an attempted challenge and rifled a great finish across Bennett in the far corner for 0-2.

Another major setback for Echt in 29 minutes, when striker Greg Kane broke down, having just returned from injury, and had to be replaced by Jamie Gill .

Echt gave it their all in pushing forward at every opportunity but real goalscoring opportunities never really materialised against a no-nonsense Oban defence and the visitors were always dangerous on the break.

As at the start of the fixture, the opening exchanges were fairly even with the next goal going to be absolutely crucial and when Oban broke at pace in 55 minutes and D Campbell set up MacEwen, in on Bennett one on one, the striker squandered a glorious chance by failing to hit target.

Echt’s fate was sealed in 57 minutes when D Campbell,central position, raced onto a through ball and clinically fired past Bennett for Oban’s third.

The closest Echt came to a consolation counter  was in 62 minutes and again in 68 minutes with two well struck 40 yard efforts from Skipper Alan Douglas,the first, his namesake in the Oban goal, at full length pushed round his right hand post,the second his left hand post.

Newcomer Stuart Bennett replaced Martin McGillivray for the final 17 minutes and a decent Scott Aberdein effort flew over the Oban crossbar late on but the Echt Scottish Cup campaign had grounded long before then leaving deserved victors Oban to lock horns with Cambusbarron Rovers in another away tie for them next week.

ECHT; P Bennett, Graham, Cooper, A Davidson,Aberdein, G Milne, McGillivray, Douglas,Kane, Lawrence, Daun SUBS; Gill, S Bennett, L Milne, V Roger