SOUTH CUP FIRST ROUND
IT MAY not go down in the history books as one of their best performances, but Vics did enough to advance to the next round of the South of Scotland Amateur Cup last weekend.
The game started off poorly on a heavy Yarrow Park pitch. Both teams created few chances and the game itself was a dismal spectacle between the Division B and C sides.
On 28 minutes however, the breakthrough finally came. Paul Brownlee took a quick free kick inside Vics’ half and drilled a 60-yard pass into the path of winger Ryan Clapperton. A sublime first touch followed by a well-taken shot into the bottom corner made the score 1-0.
The second half started brighter and became a lot more free flowing, with Victoria players stringing good passages of play together. Brownlee was a rock at the back, taking command to keep any visiting attacks at bay with superb defensive work.
Home pressure eventually paid off when, just shy of the hour mark, John Bodicot attempted a left-foot volley from a poor rearguard clearance. The shot was blocked, but fell kindly and this time he made no mistake, battering the ball home from 25 yards.
The Souters gained confidence from Bodicot’s brilliance.
William Mercer linked well with Ross Purves and Patrick Matheson to have his shot saved from a tight angle. The resulting corner ended in a weak St Boswells clearance and once again the ball dropped at the feet of Bodicot. The big midfielder took one touch onto his right foot and slammed the ball into the top corner for what could arguably be the goal of the season so far.
The game was now out of reach, but the Division C outfit did not lose heart and continued to press for a consolation goal. The Selkirk keeper, who’d had a quiet afternoon up until this point, pulled off a fine save after a well-struck volley St Boswells substitute Young.
From this Vics proceeded up the other end of the park, the fourth and final goal coming from a Clapperton corner which the visiting keeper palmed into his own net.
Victoria are grateful to the Heatherlie House Hotel for post-match hospitality, as well as continuing support from the sponsors – HGS, DRD Flooring services, Garry McShane and Hunters Cabs.
Vics travel to play Division A outfit Pencaitland tomorrow in the second round (k.o. 1pm).