Scottish Junior Cup Second Round



TEN-man Vics crashed out of the national competition as they suffered only their third defeat of the season.

The game was switched from Kingshill Park which was unplayable after it had been called off at the first time of asking the previous week and was played in reasonable conditions.

Vics began well and in two minutes, David "Harpo" Smith saw his shot easily saved by the Forth goalie. Then 10 minutes later the visiting goalie made a fine stop to foil Ryan Singleton.

Home goalie Chris Lamb then made a confident stop to foil the visitors with Kevin Adam and Sean Mears both coming close in a first half in which Vics were dominant.

However there was a major flashpoint in 35 minutes when home player Jordan Craig was harshly sent off for a tackle on an opponent who had lost his footing, although there was no malice in the challenge.

A Forth player then headed a corner-kick over the bar and at the other end, Pete Wood and Smith both missed opportunities. Adam then shot well over the bar in 55 minutes and 10 minutes later Eddie Ablorh shot straight into the goalie's arms.

However with 15 minutes remaining there was more controversy when Forth were awarded a penalty following a challenge by Callum Davidson but it was harsh decision as the foul appeared to be outside the box. The penalty was converted to put the visitors in front.

Late on, Paul Young had a great opening for Vics but shot straight into the Forth goalie's arms as the Central League side progressed to earn a home tie against Lochore Welfare.

IRVINE VICTORIA: Lamb; Bonner, Young, Wood, Smith, Craig, Davidson, Mears, Adams, Singleton, Adam. Subs: McNab, Bolton, Anderson, Alborh, Wilson.