Lochee United 7 Coupar Angus 0
Match report by Jim Davie
A four-goal blitz in the opening 20 minutes paved the way for a comprehensive victory for the Bluebells over their Perthshire rivals at the DISC.
It started really badly for Coupar Angus with goalkeeper Cole Arnold fumbling a Grant LAWSON chip-cum-cross into his own net in the opening minutes.
The keeper redeemed himself somewhat with a fine save from George Johnston minutes later, however.
On 15 minutes a Lawson corner was cleared off the line but the ball fell to Kevin MILNE who blasted home from six yards.
Three minutes later Johnston was pulled down inside the box and, despite Coupar Angus protests that the foul occurred outside the box, a penalty was awarded and JOHNSTON stepped up to send the ball past Arnold.
A stunned Foxhall Park outfit were rocked again two minutes later with a real beauty of a goal. Greg Kirk played the ball back to JOHNSTON who let fly an 18-yard shot high into the net.
With winger Ruairidh Smith showing up well on the right wing Coupar Angus came more into the game and Josh Gorton in the Lochee goal had to pull off a couple of fine saves. Despite this, it was Lochee who came closest to scoring with a Lawson cross that hit the back post.
Manager George Shields made wholesale changes at half time but the Bluebells continued to dominate, though Coupar Angus showed a lot more fight and Smith and Cruickshank had decent efforts on target.
Stephen McNally had a great run down the right and his ball to Scott McComiskie saw the striker miss the target by inches and at the other end John Sinclair pulled of a good save from Smith.
It took until the last 10 minutes for Lochee to add to their tally. Kevin Buchan found himself through on goal but unselfishly squared the ball for LAWSON to grab his second.
With three minutes to go Reece Ritchie hit the bar and KIRK was there to follow up and bundle the ball into the net.
In the final minute Logan DAVIE beat his man then rounded the keeper to net Lochee’s seventh.
Lochee United: Gorton (Sinclair 46), McNally, Ballantyne (Millar 46), Smith, Kirk, Johnston McComiskie 46), Davie, McConville (Ritchie 46), Gallacher, Lawson, Milne (Buchan 46).
Coupar Angus: Arnold (A Smith 46), Cruickshank, Duncan, R Smith, Henderson (King 70), Blair, Fyfe, MacNaughton (Cattanach 61), Higgins (Selfridge 84), Pattullo, McCluskey (Davidson 75).
Written on 14 November 2020