William Hill Scottish Cup | Replay required as shares spoiled in the sunshine

Posted on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

Just like 2001, Spartans and Deveronvale extend their stay in the Scottish Cup for at least 7 days with a replay required next Saturday following a 1-1 draw in the North Edinburgh sunshine.

A Cameron Dawson strike was cancelled out by a controversial penalty from Harry Noble, both goals coming in the first half in a frustrating afternoon under a blanket of blue sky.

Spartans set out their intent to attack from the off and an early link up between Cameron Dawson and Blair Atkinson saw the latter burst into the box only for the covering defender to force the striker to take an extra touch before putting in a strike that was saved by Grant Pennet between the Banff-based side’s goal.

There was a sigh of relief amongst the home faithful when Colin Charlesworth looked odds on to capitalise on a defensive lapse but he shanked his shot well wide.

Just after midway through the half, Spartans turned their possession superiority into an opening goal. Leeroy Makovora teasing down the touchline before passing inside to Cameron Dawson who turned well before drilling low into the net.

Spartans looked to push for a second, whilst the tourists defending resolutely and the sides went into the sheds all square.

Half Time: The Spartans 1-1 Deveronvale

VAR has caused some debate in the game since its introduction however it would have helped offer ultimate clarity on one of the significant talking points in the second half when Cameron Dawson looked to have doubled his tally and regained the lead. The striker’s header was netbound only to find Lewis Dunbar hugging his post – but with his feet decidedly planted behind the goal line. Despite the remonstrations by the Spartans players, the officials minds weren’t for changing.

At the other end, Spartans hearts were in their mouths when a fizzing flying long range effort moved direction every one of it’s 25 yards journey towards Blair Carswell’s goal, only for it to batter off the post and away to safety.

Next up was a trademark bursting run by Alan Brown up the touchline to work an opening to cross deep into the box for Cameron Dawson forced the Deveronvale keeper into a save for the cameras.

The sides will lock horns once again next Saturday.

FT: The Spartans 1-1 Deveronvale

Malt and Hops Man of the Match: Ian McFarland

Next Fixture

Date: Friday 17th May
Opponent: Dumbarton
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: Play-Off Final 2nd Leg
Kick off: 7.30pm

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