On a heavy overplayed park it was going to be tough . Ross Nimmo was the first to have a pop at goals in three minutes but Jordan Pettigrew in the hosts goals gathered comfortably On six minutes Blantyre should have taken the lead when Aaron Black was through on goal but Connor Wallace saved well before Jordan Wright cleared the danger . Ross Allum had an opportunity to score in 10 minutes when trying to lob the keeper from close in . Ross Nimmo made a good run down the right before sending a good ball into the box before Pettigrew cut the ball out before reaching the strikers . Half way through the half Ross Allum blasted well over from the edge of the box . Shortly after a succession of corners for the visitors failed to get a score with desperate defending by the home side . Blantyre took the lead against the run of play when good play down the left produced a ball into the box that the visiting defence did not deal with and CONNOR O’DONNELL steadied himself before wrong footing Wallace to fire home . Blantyre got a lift from this and shortly after may have gone further ahead when Lewis Warnock fired a ball across the box but there were no team mates to take a opportunity . Broxburn got on level terms on 43 minutes when Nimmo put a good ball into the danger area for ROSS ALLUM to score .
The second half started with Blantyre getting the first chance when Black sent a ball to Ronan Kearney who shot wide . It was Broxburn who took the lead though on 52 minutes when Andrew Gillen put a ball into the box where it was knocked down to ROSS ALLUM to fire home from close range . Fifty seven minutes gone and the ball broke out to O’Donnell who fired a shot that Wallace saved well . Blantyre were trying hard to get back on level terms and Kearney forced a save from Wallace on 65 minutes . Ross Allum saw an effort come off the bar that anywhere else would have been in the back of the net .They got on level terms a minute later when good play again down the right saw a cross met by CONOR O’DONNELL to fire his side level . The visitors had a chance on 80 minutes when Nimmo gave the ball to Gillen before firing a good cross over where Brass headed over . Broxburn thought they had secured a win on 86 minutes when Ross Nimmo put a ball into the box for ROSS ALLUM to score his hat trick . But Blantyre had other ideas and a minute later they equalised when GRANT BRENNAN got the ball in the box and fired home past Wallace .
Extra time and the first period was pretty much lacking in chances apart from when Aaron Black was through one on one with Wallace but the big Keeper saved well and the danger was cleared .
Wallace save well from Kearney at the start of the second period of extra time . At the other end Andrew Mair saw a shot saved . On 114 minutes a good corner to the back post saw Greg Nicol head over the bar . With four minutes remaining Andrew Mair saw another attempt blocked and Blantyre raced away through Aaron Black and fired a shot wide right from the left . Penalties was now needed to separate the two sides . Blantyre went first with Dale Jones scoring ,Jordan Wright stepped up for the visitors and made no mistake from the spot . Connell Boyle scored his sides second with Wallace almost saving . Greg Nicol gave the home side the adavntage when failing to score . Aaron Black made it 3 out of 3 for the home side .Jackson Barker was next for the visitors but his miss put the hosts in the driving seat . Connor Wallace gave his side a chance by saving two goal hero Conor O’Donnell’s penalty .Hat trick scorer for Broxburn stepped up to keep his side in it but fired over the bar giving Blantyre Vics a passage into the next round . We wish our hosts all the best for the next round .
BLANTYRE VICS PETTIGREW , JONES , GIBSON , MARSHALL , KERR , WHITLEY (BRENNAN 63m ) , BLACK , WARNOCK (BOYLE 104m) , KEARNEY , O’DONNELL , MACNAIR . SUBS MACKENZIE , HUGHES , McKEOWN .
REFEREE MR D. GRAVES ASSISTANTS MR S. FOGGIN , MR L. DOUGALL
|November 20, 2021
|South Challenge Cup
|(4-1 penalties) 3
KO 43 52 63 71 84 86 87 90 98 FT