Echt’s second chance in round three of cup

Dalkeith on the south side of Edinburgh was the venue for this Scottish Amateur Cup 3rd Round tie.

The home side elected to play up the hill on what was a considerable slope and almost certainly one that they favoured to play down second half.

The homesters started by far the better looking to build from the back and with pace up front.

They went ahead in nine minutes,following a D Mitchell corner which Echt needlessly conceded,and then failed to effectively clear. Morrison fired an angular drive, from the left, across Gordon Kessack into the far

corner.

In 15 minutes, with Echt slowly getting a foothold in the game, Alan Daun sizzled a 40 yarder over the crossbar.

In 19 minutes, a Darren MacLeod right side run carried him inside the home box and with six opposition

men back defending, he still conjured up a strike on target that had keeper Burns producing a diving save.

In Echt’s next attack Jamie Wood’s attempted strike flew well off target.  

Echt were unlucky not to level in 25 minutes as a dangerous ball across the face of goal by Wood was defended and Joe Kirton rattled Burn’s right hand post.

Echt were now in full flow with MacLeod a constant threat wherever he popped up. He and Alan Daun combined on the right touchline in 34 minutes.  His cross saw Greg Kane just short of a close-in finishing touch.

Echt deservedly levelled in 36 minutes in a packed M&E goalmouth following a Wood corner that was cleared as far as the edge of the box. MacLeod rifled a volley goalwards,a defender headed up in the air and when the ball dropped Stuart Cooper applied the deftest of headers over Burns.

In 48 minutes a Hughes free kick from distance just crept over with Kessock stationed just off his line. 

M&E were now calling the shots and Echt were having to defend in numbers in and around their own box and only a goaline clearance allowed them to stay level in 58 minutes.

Marc Lawrence entered the fray in 59 minutes as Daun was withdrawn.

A D.Mitchell free kick struck an Echt foot and flew wide of target and from the resultant flag kick Greg Harris rose to head well clear.

In 69 minutes a Morrison low strike saw Kessack at his best to hold with Hughes in close attendance.

In 72 minutes Hughes netted, following a right side build up by the homesters but the referee ruled off- side to the under pressure Echt’s relief,a marginal decision which Echt took full advantage of. Within seconds they swept up field and when Burns failed to hold a fierce Wood drive the ball broke to Lawrence who finished clinically.

Echt spent the rest of the game defending desperataly an M&E onslaught.

They swapped Davidson for Lewis Chouman with the minutes ticking away, but in the final minute dangerman Hughes snatched an equaliser when his low driven 18 yard free appeared to pass through the Echt wall leaving Kessack helpless as the ball sped into his net for 2-2. 

The sides will play again at Echt next Saturday with both sides thinking they can progress to Round Four following this stalemate.  

ECHT; Kessack, Birse, Kirton,  Harris, Cooper, McLaren, MacLeod, A Davidson, Kane, Daun, Wood.  

Subs; Chuaman,Lawrence & Milne