Vale of Leithen 2 Jeanfield Swifts 4
The Vale started this Challenge Cup tie with a depleted team due to injuries and the resting of some players with next week’s Scottish Cup Tie against Gretna in mind.
Starting for the first time was new signing Liam Ireland and he made his mark in the 18 min when he tapped home a Smith cross from the right to give Vale the lead.
The first half was fairly even and it was no surprise when the Swifts equalised in the 29 min when Whitehead headed home from a corner.
The second half was only 3 mins old when a ball over the top was slotted home by Allan only to have it disallowed for offside, a close decision.
Swifts took the lead in 62 mins when a ball through the Vale defence was picked up by Davis who drilled it past Gilpin.
Vale made immediate substitutes with Rixon and top scorer Sean Stewart to chase an equaliser.
However, it was the Swifts who scored when again a through ball was picked up by McLaren and slotted home.
Vale pressure was rewarded in the 83 min when after a melee in the box from a corner the referee adjudged an infringement and awarded a penalty to Vale. Wilson made no mistake from the kick to make it 3-2.
With Vale pushing McBride into an advanced position looking for an equaliser Swifts broke up the park and were awarded a penalty when one of their forwards was upended in the box. Gilpin saved Holden’s penalty, however he scored with the rebound.
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All the best to Swifts in the next round.
Edusport Academy 2 Vale of Leithen 0
Vale arrived in Annan with a strong pool, although still a few players missing through injury.
The game commenced with the home team in full flow with the speed and trickery of their wingers giving the Vale defence problems.
Edusport scored in the 11 min when the left winger Ferguson came inside and curled an unstoppable shot high past Gilpin from the edge of the box.
For the first 20 mins Vale could not get into the game and were lucky not to be further behind.
However, gradually they started to get a foothold in the game and were starting to give the home side some problems, especially Berry whose speed on the left was creating problems.
The first half finished with both sides on an ever par.
The first half started as the first with the home team in the ascendancy and Vale struggling to get into the game. As the game progressed and with Vale making a few substitutes the game was evening out, but all the chances were going the home team’s and only some good goalkeeping by Gilpin and some desperate defending was keeping the score down.
In the 69 minutes a move down the left resulted in Alexandre scoring from the resultant cross to make it 2-0.
Vale only had one chance thereafter when after some good work by Stewart was scrambled clear.
An incident where the referee ignored a shocking tackle on the Vale substitute Smith, resulted in Allan being booked, and Manager Chris Anderson being sent to the stands for complaining.
On the day Edusport were worthy winners, and now there is a few weeks break from league action as our next two games are cup ties.