AIRDRIE BECKONS FOR BATHGATE
Scottish Cup 1st RoundSunday 1st September, 2013. Simpson P.S., Bathgate
The Jags started their journey in search of the Holy Grail with a confident victory against a spirited Dunbar side on a decidedly West Lothian autumnal day.
Unusually all the goals were scored in the first half and more unusually no bookings were recorded against the Jags for the third successive game. Long may it continue.
With the wind gusting down the flat but bumpy pitch and strengthening as the game progressed the Jags took an early grip of the game with their sharp incisive passing. But they opened their account with a route one effort as yet again Forrest harassed a Dunbar defender and coolly lobbed home. This was quickly followed by Mungall driving down the left, crossing for Young to finish adroitly.
Dunbar were given a lifeline when defending which should be on ‘Dave’ resulted in them halving the deficit.
The Jags continued to pass the ball around with their midfield exerting a stranglehold which culminated in McGuire cracking home a rebound after a good run, Davidson diverting one from a recycled corner and yet another header from Mungall from a corner which also helped lower the reporters blood pressure for the second period.
The second period was a bit uneventful as the Jags passed the ball around whilst controlling the match which was played in a great spirit and well refereed.
Five in a row with confidence and understanding growing before sterner tests.
M.o.M : All round plenty on show but Potter effortlessly strolled through the match.