Dec 12 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
SCOTTISH AMATEUR SUNDAY TROPHY
GARTCAIRN UNITED 4 WHEATSHEAF UNITED 3
Gartcairn United boss Davie Malone heaped praise on his players after reaching the last 32 of the Scottish Amateur Sunday Trophy.
The Airdrieonians defeated Falkirk’s Wheatsheaf United 4-3 at the weekend in the fourth round of the competition.
Malone’s men produced a superb display of grit and determination to lead by four clear goals with less than 10 minutes of the match to play.
But their opponents refused to go quietly and reduced the deficit with three goals in four minutes to give them slight hope of saving the tie.
It wasn’t to be, though, as Gartcairn held their nerve to see out the win and continue their debut season Sunday Trophy adventure.
“This is our first season in Sunday League football and to be the last team from Airdrie still in the competition is a great achievement,” said Malone.
“We have played some excellent teams this year and we are learning in every game we play.
“The Gartcairn Football Academy is a great group to be part of and we hope to get even stronger over the next few years.
“The boys have done great and always give me 100 per cent so I can’t ask for any more than that.”
Gartcairn started the match brightly and came close when Ryan Hutchison fired Dale Teesdale’s pass just past the post.
The visitors gradually found their feet and there was little between the teams for a chunk of the first half with chances created at both ends.
In the 32nd minute, Gartcairn opened the scoring. A free-kick was awarded 30 yards out and Harty’s man of the match Myles Gilluley stepped up to smash an unstoppable shot past the keeper.
Gilluley then doubled his and the home side’s tally seven minutes later after linking well with Teesdale and Gary Lyons.
Superb defending from captain Brian Cooper and three great saves by keeper William Leslie ensured Gartcairn’s 2-0 lead was held.
A third goal was plundered in the 72nd minute when a goalkeeping error saw Hutchison lob the ball into the net from 35 yards.
Teesdale struck with eight minutes left to make it 4-0. Wheatsheaf netted three times in quick succession but they had left themselves too much to do.