GRETNA 2008 3 CONNELLY, HUNTER , PARDINI
BROXBURN ATH 4 LOCKE , MILLER (3) ,
AFTER EXTRA TIME 3-3 AT 90 MINS
Gretna 2008 Atkinson , Studholme (Pardini 71m) ,Johnson , Hunter , Wadge , Kelly (Dustin 63m ), Holiday , Armstrong (Smales 71m) , Connelly , Grandison (Monaghan 117m) ,Smith subs Fitzpatrick , Douglas , Ferguson
Referee Mr D.Milton assistants Mr A.Brown ,Mr C.Allen
This game started with a bang as Gretna kicked off and passed the ball out to the right Craig Scott intercepted and passed to Ross Nimmo who played a great ball through to NICHOLAS LOCKE and he made no mistake to put the visitors in front after 30 seconds . On three minutes Nimmo was adjudged to have been offside when receiving a good ball past the static defence . The visitors went further ahead on eight minutes when a good ball out right to Locke sent his pas to the back post where Nimmo cut the ball back for ALEXANDER MILLER got on the end of it six yards out to score . Gretna got back in the game two minutes later when Kingsley Grandison cut inside the box and passed the ball out to KEVIN CONNELLY who fired home into the bottom left hand corner .Craig Scott put a great ball to Nimmo who inturn passed to locke who set up Miller who saw his shot saved by Jim Atkinson in the hosts goal . Miller set up Nimmo on 19 minutes but saw his attempt saved at the second attempt . Locke, two minutes later put a great ball across the box but Atlinson cut it out and the danger was gone . Half way through the half a scramble in the box saw the ball cleared out to Kevin Connelly who shot wide and left . Connelly had another opportunity on 27 minutes but Andrew Gillen got a two to the ball in a tackle sending the ball towards his keeper with the striker bearing down he saved well . Kelly put Nimmo through on 30 minutes but he shot wide of the target . Gregory Armstrong tried an attempt from 30 yards but it went straight at Connor Wallace who saved comfortably . Locke had a shot two minutes later which was saved for a corner . Broxburn doubled their lead on 40 minutes when Connor Kelly got the ball in the box on the right and saw his strike saved but the keeper could only parry it and ALEXANDER MILLER was on hand to knock it over the line . With the half drawing to a close Connor Kelly was through on goal but Atkinson done well to block his attempt ..
Gretna had to get back in the game and early in the second half Ashley Kelly put a good ball into the box but Christopher Townsley headed the danger clear .At the other end a minute later Locke made a good run to the bye line on the right before cutting the ball across the six yard box but it was just too far in front of Jonni Turner running in . On 55 minutes Miller was through one on one but Atkinson saved well . Just before the hour mark a long ball found Connelly up front but his shot went wide left . Kelly made a good run down the right before cutting back to Craig Scott who shot over the bar . A minute later good football resulted in a shot from Shaun Harrison but his attempt went over the bar .With 73 minutes on the clock good one touch passing football set up Kelly who fired over the bar . A minute later Locke saw a shot saved for a corner .At the other end a throw in into the box found Stuart Johnson but his shot went wide and high . Time was running out and with five minutes left Jake Smith was through but shot over the bar . Locke had an effort over the bar with three minutes left from thirty yards out . With the tie looking to be over Gretna got a goal back on 88 minutes a corner wasn’t dealt with and JACK HUNTER stepped up to score to give his side hope .This spurned them on and they got on level terms when a long ball into the box was cut back to THOMAS PARDINI who fired his side level and take the game to extra time .
The first opportunity in extra time fell to Nicholas Locke but his ball across the goals was cut out by Atkinson . on 98 minutes Thomas Pardina saw a shot sail well over the bar .ALEXANDER MILLER got his side back in front when Locke sent a ball out to him just inside the box he had time to settle before picking his spot .
The second half of extra time Gretna tried hard to get back in the game but Broxburn had raisd their game again and a Jack Beasley free kick found Jonni Turner who shot over from wide left . With no more scoring it is Broxburn that will play Preston Athletic at home in round two .
|August 18, 2018
|Football Nations Cup
KO 77 84 FT