Big guns Killie await Dryburgh in 3rd round


Scottish Cup 2nd round - Match report

Harmony Row 0 Dryburgh Athletic 7

Dryburgh made it into the draw for the last 16 of the Scottish Cup with a solid win against Harmony Row WFC. The match was only played thanks to the good will and commitment of both teams, with a late call off due to a frozen 3G pitch in Dundee leading to a long trek through to Harmony’s home park at Braehead, on the outskirts of Glasgow, which fortunately was available at the last minute. 

The visitors showed some great energy and scored two early goals, both from Alma Codegoni. These put Dryburgh on the front foot, both goals coming out of a sprint behind the defence and tidy finishes. 

More pressure from the visitors saw Tiegan Clark denied by a brilliant fingertip save onto the bar, however the home defence were disciplined and it meant lots of offside calls and frustration for ‘Burgh as they tried to push through. Meanwhile Harmony were also trying to press forward, but were met with a solid defence at every turn.  

Codegoni and Stacey McFadyen both found a way through the home defence either side of half time, with McFadyen hitting the post soon after. Megan Robb also came close with a long range shot which hit the bar. 

The final 20 minutes saw lots of excellent possession from ‘Burgh, with Codegoni scoring her 4th of the day as well as forcing a brilliant save from the Harmony keeper. Gabrielle Watt and Robb also came close through chances as they bore down on the keeper. The scoring was completed by 2 low strikes into the corner of the net late in the game, from Deon Cruickshank and Robb. 

Overall, this was a good performance from Dryburgh which gives them a home tie against Kilmarnock WFC in the 3rd round and a shot at making the last 16.

The Killie tie is scheduled for next Sunday, 16th January 12.30pm KO at Glenesk Park.

Also pleasing was the level of fitness and skill through the whole of the team, with an excellent performance from player of the match, centre back Kiah Irvine in her first full game for the senior team - well done Kiah.

Thanks to players, coaches and supporters of both teams for their Herculean efforts today to get this game played.

Match reporter - Derek Aitken.

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