Saints sunk by five headers

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Banchory supporters left bemused at how their Milton Park team threw away a four goal lead to lose this Emirates Scottish Junior Cup 2nd Round tie against Fife side Rosyth.

4-0 up after 30 minutes and playing some fine football, it was five headers that turned the game for the visitors for them to progress to the 3rd Round.

Rosyth made a bright start and looked as though they would perhaps take the game to the home side, but the Banchory players had something else in mind.

Five minutes gone and it was 1-0 to Saints when a Craig Simpson free kick was headed down inside the 6 yard box where Jack Henderson was on hand to bundle the ball over the line. A minute later it was 2-0 when Jindrich Biskup eased his way past two defenders and curled a marvellous shot into the far corner.

On 13 minutes Biskup scored his second thanks to a neat pass from Andrew Close to make it 3-0. It was almost four not long after when the Rosyth keeper was dragged way out of his goal but Biskup’s lob from wide left went inches past the far post.

Banchory kept coming forward playing some great football and Henderson could not quite connect with a high through ball from Steve Gray.

On 25 minutes Close beat the Rosyth keeper to the ball with the ball rebounding to Biskup, but the striker’s low effort went a foot past the post.

But on the half hour mark Biskup became the provider when his pace down the right gave him space to square the ball to Simpson who calmly slipped the ball past the advancing keeper to make it 4-0.

It seemed there was no stopping a hot Saints and skipper Darren Pyper got in on the act with a header that was tipped over the bar by the Rosyth keeper.

A goal out of the blue made it 4-1 when from a free kick wide right the ball was headed out towards the corner flag and from the resultant cross Westwater was allowed to head home at the back post.

Justin Knowles had his first real save on 41 minutes when he clutched a low dipping shoot.

However he could not prevent a second goal for the Fife team right on half time, when from a corner Hughes rose above the Saints defence to bullet a header into the roof of the net to make 4-2.

The second half began with some early Saints pressure hoping to regain the momentum that Rosyth had snatched in the final minutes of the first half.

Knowles had to look smart to make a low diving save, but from the resultant corner on 55 minutes another free header for McMillan made it 4-3.

The Rosyth support were now right behind their team and incredibly, on 65 minutes the scores were level when from a corner a low diving header from Logan bounced past everyone seemingly in slow motion with the Banchory defence rooted to the spot.

Banchory players seemed in shock, but they did rally and Simpson set up Close who fired just over the bar. Josh Robertson was pushing forward and he found himself clear but the ball took an awkward bounce and his chance was gone.

On 77 minutes Rosyth scored the decisive 5th goal when from a free kick wide right, yet another header secured a famous win.

The ball was hit low into the penalty box and from 12 yards McDonough’s low flicked header crept in at the far post. Knowles made a save to defy Rosyth, before Biskup was denied his hat trick when his header was palmed away.

Try as they might Banchory could not get a vital fifth and on the final whistle the Rosyth players, management and fans were ecstatic.

It was hugely disappointing for all connected with Banchory to see a four goal lead slip, but this young team can be confident in the knowledge that they undoubtedly have the ability as they proved with some great football.

The five goals the conceded all came from set pieces, not open play, and this is something that will come from experience and training.

Team: Justin Knowles, Steve Gray, Josh Robertson, Darren Reid, Craig Graham, Dean Leith, Darren Pyper, Craig Simpson (Jack Presly), Jindrich Biskup, Andy Close, Jack Henderson (Ben McGregor). Subs: Murray Adam, Danny Ross, Chris Irvine.

Due to Scottish Cup replays, there has been a change in fixture for this Saturday (October 27) and Banchory now travel to Banff to play Deveronside in the 2nd Round of the GA Inter Region Trophy, kick off 2.00pm.