Vics edged out despite Clapperton stunner

Selkirk Vics v Grangemouth. Ross Purves.

Selkirk Vics v Grangemouth. Ross Purves.

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A STUNNING strike from Ryan Clapperton was not enough to take the Vics into the third round of the Scottish Amateur Cup.

Clapperton’s 20yd volley midway through the second half tied the score at 2-2, but the visitors from the Forth Valley grabbed a winning goal with 10 minutes to go.

Grangemouth opened the scoring after five minutes when one of their central midfielders dribbled through and slotted the ball past Jamie Lyall.

The home side piled on the pressure, Grant Brownlee and William Mercer both hitting the crossbar before Ryan Pritchard got the equaliser, heading home Mercer’s corner 10 minutes before half-time.

The Vics created the better chances in the second half, but Grangemouth took the lead again on the hour as their substitute striker slid the ball under the advancing Lyall.

The lead only lasted for a couple of minutes as Clapperton scored before Grangemouth grabbed a decisive third counter.

Selkirk threw everything at the visitors in the closing stages and came within inches of forcing the game into extra time with the last attack of the game.

Mercer’s cross was met at the back post by Pritchard, who headed the ball across goal, but the keeper pulled off an excellent save to secure the win.

Selkirk Victoria: J. Lyall, S. Sharkey, R. Pritchard, G. Brownlee, J. Bodicoat, R. Clapperton, T. Craggs,R. Purves, W. Mercer, A. Orr, S. MacFarlane. Subs used: G. Ford, D. Munro, D. Deans.

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