It’s Bully Wee in Round 3 as Spartans crack Kilby code

Posted on Saturday, October 11th, 2014

A Jack Beesley hat-trick sent his side on their way to a home tie against Clyde as Spartans defeated East Kilbride 1-5 in the William Hill Scottish Cup Round 2 replay at K-Park.

Spartans new signing Jack Nixon made his Spartans debut following his recent move from Stirling Uni as his new side looked to record their first victory over Kilby.

An early Willie Bremner chance hit the crossbar as the visitors looked to start the game on the front foot however it was the hosts who took a 10th minute lead against the run of play.  Joao Vitoria, who caused chaos at Ainslie Park last week, got on the end of a Craig Hastings pass to drill the ball into the bottom right hand corner.

Spartans almost responded from the restart after a misplaced Howie pass back to his keeper was seized upon by Beesley but his side footed strike cleared Jacob Kean’s post.

The next venture up the field however did pay dividends and it came from the right foot of Errol Douglas who latched onto the ball in the box to despatch it into the back of the Kilby net.

Craig Stevenson was afforded the freedom of K-Park as he embarked upon a 24th minute run through the middle of field, only to see his finished product hit the side netting.

HT: East Kilbride 1-1 Spartans

The second half didn’t take long to get the fans back on their feet when Spartans keeper Kevin Swain showed tremendous athleticism to pull off a phenomenal double save to deny the home team from taking the lead for the second time in the game.

What followed next was something straight out of the ‘romance of the cup’ book.  A magical six minutes of sensational scoring left the home side shell-shocked whilst sending the Spartans contingent in the sizeable crowd wild.

Spartans were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out.  Up stepped Jack Beesley who delivered a trademark set-piece strike that earned applause from around the ground as it sailed over the wall before nestling in the back of Kean’s net.

Three minutes later, the Spartans playmaker grabbed his second of the afternoon, this time from open play.  A determined run, with the ball metaphorically glued to his laces, saw the space open up before he unleashed an unstoppable shot that curled high into the Kilby net.

Any hopes of an East Kilbride comeback were put to bed in the 62nd minute after Keith McLeod finally managed to drill the ball home after seeing two previous attempts blocked by a collection of bodies in the box.  His trademark forward roll celebration definitely one to catch on the highlights!

With two minutes left, Craig Howie upended Willie Bremner in the box, leaving the man in the middle with his easiest decision of the afternoon.  Jack Beesley stepped up and sent Kean the wrong way to wrap up the game and earn the Spartans Man of the Match a well deserved hat-trick.

Full Time: East Kilbride 1-5 Spartans

A jubilant Jack Beesley credited a strong team performance for the win which sees Clyde head to Ainslie Park on November 1st.

“It was a good team performance and we pressed them really hard which was the difference from last week.   The first half saw us work very hard and create lots of chances but we couldn’t take them.   We upped the tempo after the break and we simply didn’t give them any time on the ball and that’s where most our goals came from.”

Beesley was modest in his assessment of the three goals he contributed to Kilby’s downfall – and set up a showdown against Barry Ferguson’s Clyde at Ainslie Park.  “Luckily the free-kick hit the net and the second, well, it’s one of those shots you see hit the crossbar 99 times out of 100 but it went in and gave us a wee boost.”

The hat-trick came from the penalty spot.  Beesley laughed, “Luckily for me, Cloudy had already been subbed so I got to take the penalty for my hat-trick.  He’d probably take it off me!”

Looking ahead to Round 3, Beesley added, “Obviously with them being a league team, they will be going in as favourites but we are at home and hitting a bit of form just now.  We’ll take confidence into the game but it will obviously be a step up from what we are used to however you can guarantee that we’ll give it our best shot.”

Next Fixture

Date: 23/07/24
Opponent: Forfar Athletic
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: Premier Sports Cup
Kick off: 7.45pm

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