|CB||5||Andy Ward (c)|
|x||12||Ross Ballantyne (vc)|
Sunday’s Scottish cup fixture was to be an exciting match-up between two sides who had only met once before, which saw Colts run out 2-1 winners after extra time in last season’s South of Scotland cup. It was a steady start to the match with both teams looking to ease their way into the game in the early stages. The first good opportunity of the match fell to the feet of Colts’ Johnny Black, after a good move down the left hand side he found himself free in the box and fired the ball straight at the on-rushing goalkeeper who made a good save.
The home side also had opportunities to make their mark on the game, after winning the ball high in Colts’ half of the pitch on more than one occasion but couldn’t find the back of the net and both sides went in level at the break.
Half time 0-0
At the start of the second half both teams were looking to get themselves in front and it was to be a more eventful half than the first.
Colts were looking dangerous going forward with both full backs pushing the game up the pitch and were unlucky not to go in front after some good deliveries into the box were defended well by the home side.
It was soon to be Leith’s chance to take control of the game after Colts right back Mark Batchelor was sent off for a second bookable offence. The home side began to push forward and looked the most likely to score. Colts however still had plenty of fight in them and were defending well in and around their penalty box, however, if it had not for two outstanding saves from goalkeeper Chris Fahey the home side would have went in front. The lowland league side though looked dangerous on the counter attack with Stephen O’Neil and substitute Jamie Broadfoot showing desire to get forward, and had a good opportunity when the ball found its way to striker Selkirk’s feet in the box but with his back to goal he was unable to get a clear shot at goal and the ball broke away.
With the game now into stoppage time Broadfoot picked the ball up in the middle of the Colts half, and with Leith committing too many forward, drove at the home defence until he was brought down by, what the referee deemed to be, a professional foul which resulted in the Leith midfielder being shown a red card, both teams now down to ten men. The resultant free kick came to nothing and the move proved to be the last of the game with the ball subsequently being sent into the air and the referee blowing for full time bringing the match to an end.
Full time 0-0
Highlights of Sunday's Scottish Cup draw against Leith Athletic