Swifts put up a valiant effort but are beaten in cup

A full strength Dyce travelled out to Milton Park in the first round of the Scottish Cup last Sunday morning in glorious sunshine having scored 23 goals in their first three games of the season and only conceding one.

A determined Swifts team defended superbly throughout this match and they deserved great credit for their performance.

From the kick off it was obvious Swifts would be no push over for this Dyce side when Ferguson put in a cruncher of a tackle to win the ball wide on the left.

He then released Harris Anderson but the nippy forward soon realised the Dyce back four also had good pace and they recovered well to clear the danger.

The first 15 minutes was end to end stuff with both teams trying to play along the ground and not giving each other any time on the ball.

Dean Strachan in the Swifts’ goal made a few good early saves which seemed to inspire him and his team mates, as the game progressed his saves became more important and spectacular.

Dyce could easily have been leading at half time were it not for his efforts.

Dyce kicked off the second half and their skillful forward soon made his intentions known by trying to take on the defensive partnership of Scott Anderson and Siswick but they both stood firm giving him no space to get his shot in.

Swifts were riding their luck and could easily have been a goal down when Dyce headed over from a corner when it seemed easier to hit the target.

Strachan came off his line quickly in the 48th minute to confront their striker 18 yards out and he saved well with his feet.

Just a few moments later they hit the bar and then shot over from close range.

Eventually Dyce opened the scoring when they managed to find a bit of space to rifle a shot past man-of-the-match Strachan.

At 0-1 Swifts still had a chance but found it difficult to create any clear opportunities in front of goal and Dyce went into the next round of the cup with this narrow 0-1 win.

The Banchory lads can be proud of the way they conducted themselves throughout this match competing with one of the top A teams in Aberdeenshire and they probably won’t play a better team this season.

If they can keep up this spirited and organised displays there could be a very exciting season ahead.

Banchory Swifts: Dean Strachan, Ross Cornally, Cammy Gordon, Scott Anderson, Craig Siswick, Liam Ferguson, Tom Flaherty, Connor Douglas, Reece Milne, Bradley Cox, Harris Anderson. Subs - Kieran Strachan, Brandon Cochrane, Dillon Thomson, Finlay Hay.

The Swifts take on Formartine at Milton Park this Sunday (September 23) with a 10.30am kick off.