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Dalziel FP (CAL) 5 - 1 Minishant Ams

The final scoreline suggests an easy first round win in this years West of Scotland cup, however it was not until the final 15 minutes that Dalziel were sure of victory. Play in the opening half hour was scrappy, although Dalziel were trying to retain the ball and construct passing moves, but their play was breaking down around the visitors goal. Any chances that were created were squandered, if Dalziel had shown greater composure the game could have been over at half time. Dalziel did lead 2 - 0 at the break, Derek Agnew latched onto a through ball that let him run in on goal and despite the keepers best efforts he managed to force the ball over the line, the lead was extended shortly afterwards when Willie Sneddon swept the ball home following a cross from the right. Dalziel continued to enjoy the bulk of possession early in the second half, but a rare visiting attack led to Minishant being awarded a penalty, that was expertly converted giving Andy Sweeney no chance. The goal that effectively killed off the visitors challenge cam with 20 minutes left, Garry McClymont rising to head home a cross from Jamie McDonald. Two further goals before the end, an 18 yard strike from Craig McLeod and a clinical finish from Graham Donaldson made the final result more emphatic.

The week before Dalziel entertained Bannockburn at Dalziel Park in what was a hard fought league game. Bannockburn scored with their first attack in the opening minute a cross cum shot looping over Andy Sweeney into the net. The first half was an end to end affair, Dalziel were rewarded with the equaliser when Willie Sneddon met a David Jackson corner to bullet home a header, and on the stroke of half time th home side nosed ahead when Willie McCulloch scrambled the ball home from close range following a cleverly flighted free kick again from David Jackson. Bannockburn started the second half strongly and it was no surprise when they equalised, Dalziel failed to clear their lines leaving an easy chance for a Bannockburn defender. Dalziel had a glorious opportunity to take the 3 points when they were awarded a penalty, that also resulted in the visitors being reduced to 10 men, however Graham Donaldson's fiercely struck effort rattled the underside of the bar and was cleared. Five minutes later an it was 10 a side, Willie McCulloch being dismissed for two yellow cards.

Prior to the Bannockburn game former Dalziel players had the chance to strut their stuff on the Dalziel Park turf for one more time, many of those involved could fondly remember parks such as the Easter and the Landbog from their playing days at Cleland Estate, a far cry from the wonderful facilities that are available today. The match where skill was at a premium, but running and chasing the ball was entirely optional! resulted in a 2-0 win for the Old (Masters) Crocks against the Older (Masters) Crocks, thanks to two Martin Scott goals. After the game the former players took part in a fund raising lunch and then enjoyed the Bannockburn game. The entire day raised £600 which will be donated to the Dalziel High School War Memorial Trust.
22nd October 2007 00:00:00
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