Game gets the go ahead at last, but Juniors have to do it again

Falkirk Juniors prior to leaving for Links Park in Montrose to try to play Culter FC for the 4th time, due to previous attempts being called off because of weather.
Falkirk Juniors prior to leaving for Links Park in Montrose to try to play Culter FC for the 4th time, due to previous attempts being called off because of weather.
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This much postponed Scottish Junior Cup third round tie between Culter and Falkirk Juniors finally went ahead at Montrose FC’s Links Park las weekend but still remains unresolved.

The teams face a replay at Grangemouth Stadium this Saturday after successfully getting the game played at the fifth attempt.

Falkirk hadn’t played for a month but showed no signs of ring-rustiness as they went straight into the attack and were twice unlucky not to take a first minute lead.

Skipper Jamie Shirra’s close range shot was blocked for a corner and then home keeper Reid tipped Stuart Bell’s header onto the bar.

The FJ’s continued to hold the upper hand against the North Superleague champions and might have put the outcome beyond doubt in the first 10 minutes had Alan Sneddon, Martin Ure and James McAteer made the most of good opportunities.

But against the run of play Culter grabbed a 34th minute lead with a highly debatable penalty kick. There seemed no danger as McAteer ushered Nicky Gordon out of the box but when the Culter man slipped the referee stunned everyone in the ground.

There were no assistants’ flags, no appeals from the home side or their supporters but Allan Youngson gave Scott Ritchie no chance.

Before the break Ure went close twice but eight minutes into the second half, Falkirk were deservedly back on level terms when Sneddon raced through on the end of a Callan Kerr pass and, cool as you like, flicked the ball over the head of the out-rushing Reid before slotting it into the empty net.

After this both teams were intent on attacking but it was Falkirk who were on the end of another questionable decision.

In the 73rd minute Ure did well to see off the attentions of a defender who was all over the top of him before teeing up McAteer to slot the ball home but their celebrations were cut short when the referee pulled play back to award a foul against Ure.

If that was not bad enough, from the resultant free kick a quick break upfield ended with the unmarked Nicky Gordon taking full advantage to head Culter back into the lead at the back post.

Falkirk would get the equaliser their play more than deserved. Mind you it was touch and go when, six minutes from time, Sneddon was hauled down in the box. The ref looked reluctant but after deliberating pointed to the spot and Kerr made no mistake to force Saturday’s replay.