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Soccer Shop Challenge Cup roundup

NECN Contributor1 22nd November 2020 Local News, sport No Comments on Soccer Shop Challenge Cup roundup

Local football sides were taking part in the Soccer Shop Challenge Cup this weekend and Spartans pulled off the result of the round coming from behind to win against East Stirlingshire.

Dougie Samuel’s men made the trip to Falkirk Stadium on Friday night to face the team sitting second in the Lowland League.

The Ainslie Park side found themselves two down in a matter of minutes midway through the first half after Robbie Young’s double.

Young bagged his third of the night just minutes into the second half and it looked as if Spartans were out.

But they pulled one back through Archie Meekison and this gave them hope and within minutes Meekison had netted for a second time.

Deep in injury time Spartans levelled the game when Scott Maxwell crossed the ball into the path of Sam Jones who smashed the ball into the net.

Meekison then booked Spartans place in the next found with a perfectly placed finish in extra time.

On Saturday Civil Service Strollers made the journey to Ayrshire to face West of Scotland League side, Hurlford.

Gary Jardine’s men went into the game on the back of a good win against Gretna last week.

The Muirhouse men started well and had most of the possession and chances.

It was only a matter of time before they found a goal and that came just before the interval when Craig Newall’s perfectly placed cross was headed home by Alieau Faye.

Civil’s Nico Gibson challenges the keeper during the first round of the Soccer Shop Challenge Cup at Blair Park, Hurlford.

Into the second have and Civil struggled to cops with the wet conditions and the swamp-like park and the home side pulled levelled the match.

From there it as all one ay traffic and Hurlford ran out 4-1 winners.

East of Scotland side, Craigroyston, had their game away to Thorniewood United called off due to a waterlogged park.

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