CROSSHILL THISTLE 1 - CARFIN HIBS 6
CROSSHILL Thistle entertained Carfin Hibs of Motherwell last Saturday in the Soccerworld Scottish Amateur Cup first round where they were comfortably beaten by the better team on the day.
Carfin Hibs went on the attack straight from the first whistle forcing Robert McDowall into conceding a free kick some twenty-five yards from goals. Robert McAvoy took the free kick for Carfin and Michael Parker saved for Crosshill when he turned it round the post.
After four minutes it was Carfin's Stephen Roy that tried his luck from forty yards, but he was unlucky to see his shot creep over the bar with Parker well beaten.
Crosshill had their first attempt at the visitors goal after eight minutes when Craig Pike picked up a throw in before turning and shooting from distance forcing Peter Gormley into making the save.
Carfin should have had a penalty kick awarded to them after eleven minutes when they played a quick free kick through to Martin Dunneray. Dunneray was clean through and clearly pulled back by Crosshill keeper Michael Parker but referee David McKinstry waved play on.
With a quarter of an hour gone Martin Dunneray swung over a long corner that was headed back into the danger area by Ross McAvoy. Gary Smith fired in a header from point blank range and Crosshill keeper Michael Parker pulled of a wonderful save to deny Carfin the opener.
Crosshill actually opened the scoring, against the run of play, after seventeen minutes when Robert McDowall swung in a free kick from the half way line that avoided everyone except Graham Pike who slotted the ball home from six yards.
The best player on the pitch was Carfin's Mark Muluany and he created mayhem in the Thistle defence after twenty minutes when he resisted at least four tackles before having a shot at goal that Parker saved comfortably.
Two minutes later another good move involving Carfin's Muluany, McAvoy and Downie ended when Downie fired the ball into the side netting from eight yards.
The visitors finally pulled the game level on the half hour mark when a long clearance sent Gary Smith clean through and this time he made no mistake as he slid the ball under the out rushing Parker.
Crosshill's Thomas Hardie was the first player to enter the referee's book after thirty-three minutes when he was booked for a foul on Muluany. Muluany took the resulting free kick, but Michael Parker was equal to the task as he punched the ball clear.
Five minutes before the break Crosshill's Alan Fotheringham was booked for fouling Mark McGinnis. The free kick was taken quickly to Muluany who raced up the wing before crossing low into the box where Gary Smith let the ball run past him to Martin Dunneray and he fired home from sixteen yards to put the visitors ahead.
The last piece of action in the first half saw Crosshill's Russell Milligan having to go off the park injured and Quinten Robertson replaced him.
There was a huge slice of controversy after fifty minutes as Carfin scored their third goal of the game. While Crosshill's Robert McDowall was lying injured and most of the players had stopped to allow him to receive treatment Carfin's Andrew Goldie blasted the ball into the net from thirty yards and referee McKinstry allowed it to stand.
When the dust settled Robert McDowall had to leave the field injured and David Paton replaced him.
Carfin almost added number four in the fifty-seventh minute when Gary Smith chipped the ball over Michael Parker from twenty yards, but Robert Shaw was on hand to clear the ball from the line.
Carfin's Gerard Bonham was the next player that entered the ref's book when he was booked for fouling Quinten Robertson some twenty yards out. Colin McIllwraith took the free kick but the Carfin wall did its job as the danger was cleared.
Crosshill thought they had pulled a goal back after sixty-five minutes when Alan Fotheringham scored, but he had just strayed into an offside position and the goal was chalked off.
Crosshill probably had their best spell of the match in these twenty minutes with chances falling to McIllwraith, Graham Pike and Fotheringham but none of them could put the ball into the net.
Carfin added number four after seventy-one minutes when Gerard Bonham sent Gary Smith through once again. Smith rolled the ball past Parker but before it went over the line Mark Muluany stuck it away from what looked like an offside position, but once again the goal stood.
Mark Muluany got added number five for the visitors in the last minute of the game when he chipped into the net from twenty-five yards for a lovely goal.
Number six came seconds later after Robert McAvoy scored from six yards to end a miserable day at the office for Crosshill.
Next week Crosshill Thistle are back to league duty when they travel to New Cumnock as they aim to get their season back on track.
Crosshill: Parker, C Pike, McDowall, Hardie, Shaw, Ford, Milligan, Fleming, G Pike, Fotheringham and Murdoch.
Subs: Campbell, Robertson, Paton and McIllwraith
Carfin: Gormley, Goldie, McGinnis, S McAvoy, Bonham, Downie, Dunneray, R McAvoy, Smith, S Roy and Muluany
Subs: McGiff, P Roy, O'Neill, Anderson and McMillan
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