South Challenge Cup 3rd Round: Coldstream v Broxburn Athletic – 19 November 2022
Broxburn were faced with a long trip to the Borders for their 3rd Round South Challenge Cup tie to Home Park, Coldstream. The visitors showed 2 changes from last Saturday’s 5-5 home league draw with Dundonald Bluebell Wright returning to full competitive action having been out for a year injured replacing B.Donaldson who was injured in the warm up. Newall replaced Harrison.
In the 2nd minute Grey passed to Briggs on the right he beat Orru but Wright was well placed to block the cross. Wright headed clear from the resultant corner.
The home side continued to press with Newall being forced to concede a corner which Grey took which Blair claimed, only to drop the ball but recovered.
In the 4th minute Jeffries took a decent free kick which Hume dealt with well heading back to McRitchie in the goal.
The Brox registered their first shot of the afternoon in the following minute Nimmo flighting in a free kick which was headed out and fell to Gillen 20 yards out with his effort just clearing the bar.
In the 6th minute Wright chose to back header but a Coldstream player was alert and gave chase which needed Sayers to cover and concede a corner.
Wright launched a long ball forward in the 8th minute finding Gillen who got to the bye line Hume blocked the cross for a corner. Gray took the corner from the right and he used the wind effectively to swirl the ball towards goal ending up only just going over the bar at the back post.
Broxburn had another attempt at goal when Nimmo hit a shot from the edge of the penalty box but the winger was off target and the ball went wide left of goal.
From a poor Blair kick out in 11 minutes Grey controlled and made ground to the edge of the penalty box on the right with Blair having to look lively to palm his shot to safety.
In 20 minutes a Nimmo free kick was defended well by Ingram who headed out to concede a corner. Gray’s kick found Clark at the near post but he couldn’t direct his header on target.
In 24 minutes Windram played a nice pass to Aitchison 22 yards out and his shot spiralled up and over the bar for a corner. Grey took the corner to the near post where GAY headed into the Brox net.
Gray played Binnie into a decent position in 27 minutes the striker connected well with his shot but it took a deflection on the way through making it easier for McRitchie to save at his near post.
Ingram was booked for a foul on Binnie. Time 28 minutes. Gillen took the free kick , Clark won the header but he ccouldn’t get enough on his header from the edge of the penalty box to trouble the keeper.
There was a let off for the home side in 32 minutes from a Nimmo corner Orru’s header was scrambled off the line.
In 38 minutes Newall went on a great run down the right he played the ball to Gray who cut inside with his shot deflected for a corner. Nimmo’s corner was right on the money and needed to be knocked away from the line by a defender to prevent a goal.
To end the first half Gray fed Binnie down the left, where the striker fashioned a shooting chance but his effort flew wide right.
HALF TIME: Coldstream 1 – 0 Broxburn Athletic
In 49 minutes Gray was once again prominent beating his man and crossing from the right but he couldn’t beat the first defender. In the following minute Freire replaced Grey.
The home side broke down the left Freire crossed which was a good one but there was no one in blue to capitalise.
In 53 minutes Windram was booked. Followed by Whitehead two minutes later.
In 57 minutes the ball was played into GRAY and he tried an audacious chip from inside the box which went over the keeper and into the net to tie the game.
Brass then replaced Gray.
On the hour Nimmo got free on the left but Gay defended well and got the ball back to his keeper who picked the ball up resulting in an indirect free kick inside the penalty box to Broxburn.
Jeffries touched the ball to Brass for the free kick whose shot was scrambled clear from the goal line but only broke to JEFFRIES who hit a nice shot low into the bottom left corner of the net. Time 61 minutes.
In 65 minutes Jeffries curled a great ball to the back post which Nimmo cut back the ball hit B.Wright who was fortunate the ball just went past the post.
To complete a great 9 minute spell for Broxburn they went further ahead in 66 minutes Nimmo playing the ball into Brass who laid the ball off to JEFFRIES who cracked a low a shot into the net.
In 68 minutes Gay was booked.
Corfield then came on to replace Whitehead.
B.Wright was booked in 70 minutes followed by Jeffries for Broxburn.
Nimmo played the ball to Jeffries who chipped in a great cross which Brass won in the air but his effort went wide.
Henderson then replaced Nimmo in 74 minutes.
Coldstream won a corner in 77 minutes which was a dangerous one which saw an almighty scramble in the 6 yard box before Binnie cleared.
In 80 minutes Downie replaced Binnie and McConnell came on for Jeffries.
In 85 minutes the Brox wrapped up the win with Downie finding McConnell with a pass he played the ball on to BRASS who held his man off before firing in a shot low and hard to the right corner of the net.
In 89 minutes the home side should have added a consolation goal when Freire crossed brilliantly to the back post on the right but Brigg’s shot was kept out well by Blair.
In the final minute Gillen played the ball to Brass who this time cracked his shot high and wide.
FULL TIME: Coldstream 1 – 4 Broxburn Athletic
Referee Mr. M.Harris Assistants Mr K. Spalony , Miss H. McLean