Nov 14 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Gartcosh United v Motherwell Bridgeworks
SCOTTISH AMATEUR CUP
GARTCOSH UNITED 2
MOTHERWELL BRIDGEWORKS 3
Gartcosh United’s Scottish Amateur Cup dream is over after Motherwell Bridgeworks punished them from the spot.
The Caledonian League side went out at the third round stage for the second successive season, with the visitors converting two penalties to book their place in the next round.
Gutted Gartcosh treasurer and secretary Stuart Hegarty said: “We got to the final in 2005 so the Scottish Cup is very important to us.
“We are disappointed to go out in the third round again but congratulations and best wishes go to Motherwell Bridgeworks.
“I felt we were more than a match for them but things just didn’t go our way on the day.”
The visitors opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Steven Lilly converted from the spot after Alan Haddow was upended in the area.
Bridgeworks keeper Greg Aitken pulled off some good saves at the other end before Ian Canning’s free-kick flew just over Gartcosh custodian David Duncan’s bar.
Gartcosh equalised on the stroke of half-time when good build-up play involving Stuart McNally and Stephen Paterson created a chance for Mark Adamson who made no mistake.
Hegarty added: “We felt the game was still very much alive at the interval. They were relying a lot on the counter attack, but they were finding it difficult to break us down and we were pushing them high up the pitch.”
Bridgeworks restored their lead on the hour mark when Canning beat two defenders and managed to stab the ball over the line. Canning grabbed his second goal, and his side’s third, from the penalty spot after Gartcosh were penalised for handball in the box.
Joe Coyle pulled one back at the end for the hosts who had no time to pinch another goal.
This was the first game for Gartcosh’s new sponsor, Tradecast Building Services, and the club would like to thank the company for their support.