Vale of Leithen
Match Report - By Steven Mew
City advanced to the second round of the Scottish Cup following a comfortable win over Lowland League side Vale of Leithen yesterday afternoon.
Goals from Marc Scott, Kieran Inglis, Julian Wade and David Cox had City in a commanding position at half time before Scott added a 5th goal fifteen minutes from time to round off the win.
Manager Andy Kirk was without the services of St Johnstone pair Jack Wills and Max Kucheriavyi due to their loan agreements, whilst recent signing Cammie Ross also missed out due to playing for Broxburn Athletic in a previous round.
As a result, Iain Ross made his debut between the sticks and whilst he picked up a welcome clean sheet, he will probably never have a quieter afternoon in a City shirt.
City came flying out the traps and opened the scoring after just 3 minutes when MARC SCOTT was sent clean through on goal and the winger kept his composure to slot beyond the keeper.
Barely two minutes later City doubled their advantage with an almost carbon copy of the opening goal. KIERAN INGLIS showed the visitors defence a clean pair of heels as he broke clear and slipped the ball past the advancing Peden and into the net.
City threatened to run riot as Wade looped a cross over for Scott who somehow blazed over from 5 yards out and shortly after, Scott got to the by-line before providing a cross for Cox who hit the underside of the bar.
Following a frantic start, the visitors did settle into the game and it took until the half hour mark for City to add to their advantage. A corner from Michael Paton was met by JULIAN WADE who headed home, with Peden only able to parry into the roof of the net.
On 35 minutes Julian Wade showed some good footwork in the box to round the goalkeeper but his shot was blocked off the line by the shoulder of a Vale defender.
Wade threatened again four minutes later when Lyall Booth got down the left hand side before providing a low cross for the Dominican international who produced a good save from Peden at his near post. From the resulting corner, Wade headed wide from Paton’s delivery.
As the first half drew to a close, City continued to threaten with Cox heading straight at the keeper from an Inglis corner whilst Lyall Booth headed over from Wade’s angled cross.
A 4th goal did arrive just before the break as Julian Wade provided an inch-perfect delivery for the unmarked DAVID COX who nodded in from 5 yards.
City continued to have complete control in the second period but were unable to turn their dominance into goals. Both Wade and Scott had shots wide of target before Wade’s deflected effort was kept out by Peden in the visitors goal.
Paton and Inglis were both unable to keep their long range efforts down and mid-way through the half, Jack Milne weaved his way into the box but was denied by a great defensive block. From the resulting corner, Wade headed straight at the keeper at the back post.
Vale of Leithen’s only real chance of the match arrived on 70 minutes when Iain Ross was off his line quickly to deny Afendzie-Hayford with his feet.
Julian Wade continued to torment the visitors defence with some great footwork as he weaved his way past several challenges inside the box before firing over.
The fifth and final goal arrived 15 minutes from time and it was made by two local players. Substitute Michael Cruickshank lofted a long ball forward for MARC SCOTT who took the ball down inside the box before smashing into the net for his second of the afternoon.
David Cox glanced an Inglis free kick just wide of the post before another delivery from Inglis was headed straight at the keeper by substitute Murray Mackintosh.
Five minutes from time, Michael Cruickshank tried his luck from range but saw his effort sail over and two minutes later, David Cox saw his chip headed off the line.
Overall, a comfortable afternoon for City who could have easily come away with an even more convincing scoreline.