Throughout this season, the Under 20s have produced some good football combined with mainly positive results, and today's game at St Mirren in the Scottish Youth Cup 3rd round saw another good performance and a winning scoreline. The team lined up in a 4-1-3-2 formation, with captain Johnny Galloway as a defensive midfielder, and midfielder Scott Lochhead up front alongside Callum Smith, as the squad's only 2 other strikers - Ciaran Lafferty and James Thomas - are both injured.
Dunfermline had the better of the first half, with Robbie Crawford twice coming close, and Conner Duthie and Callum Smith both testing the Saints keeper. With 4 minutes remaining of the half, Dunfermline went ahead. Centre half Stuart Morrison turned in a shot from a few yards out after Smith had headed a Lochhead free kick into the 6 yard box.
Dunfermline began the second half in attack, and Callum Smith showed great skill in beating the Saints defence, then squaring the ball to Crawford, whose shot was charged down by the Saints defence. Smith then had a great chance of his own to double the team's lead when put clean through but he shot straight at keeper Willison and the chance was gone.
St Mirren were hardly in the game but within minutes and totally against the run of play managed to hit the post and bar with efforts from McDonald and Breadner.
With 2 minutes left, Saints had MacPherson sent off for a second yellow card.
In the 90th minute, St Mirren were awarded a penalty when the ball hit Stuart Morrison on the arm. It seemed a very harsh decision but Pars keeper Cammy Gill made a tremendous diving save from the kick to maintain the Pars' lead.
Dunfermline then went straight on the attack and when Brandon Luke was pulled down outside the penalty box, Conner Duthie took the free kick and curled it around the wall and into the net to secure the win for coach John Potter's team. A dramatic final few minutes in an enjoyable game, and the team go into the next round of the Scottish Youth Cup.
Subs used: Mathew Todd, replacing Evan Horne (86 minutes).
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