Swifts progress in Scottish Cup
By Steve Antoniewicz
A convincing win kicked off the 2003's Scottish Cup campaign
Jeanfield welcomed Montrose to sunny Riverside on Saturday in the first round of the Scottish Cup.
This was the first time the teams had met and Montrose would be an unknown quantity for the improving Swifts.
Both sides looked tense in the early stages of the game but Jeanfield were the the team most likely to open the scoring. Joshua Young was overlapping on the left, Joe Jeffers was in the mood and the home side were sharper in the midfield with Scott Peebles, Rob Douglas and Ronan Antoniewicz especially prominent. A number of corners from Jeanfield ramped up the pressure and the reward would come when Lewis Finnie tucked away the opening goal with a late run into the back post. 1-0.
The away side were restricted to breakaways and even when they had a chance 1vs1 Finnie stepped in to mop up and start the next attack.
Confidence started to flow for the home side and Jeanfield began to knock the ball about. Jeffers evaded two challenges before playing a 1-2 with Rodger Van Schaik at the edge of the box then finishing neatly at the near post. Van Schaik was influential in the final third and would add the third goal himself shortly after, pouncing on a through ball and beating the keeper to the ball to make it 3-0.
Montrose looked stunned and Jeanfield were in complete control. Douglas added a fourth with his left foot, before Finnie scored his second placing his finish into the top corner. HT 5-0.
The second half saw two changes for Jeanfield with Daniel O'Callaghan returning from injury and Daniel Millan making his competitive debut in Scottish Football. Top scorer O'Callaghan was keen to add to his tally and was unlucky on several occasions not to do so. Three times the referee intervened to thwart some clear scoring opportunities.
Montrose were looking to find a way back in but Josef Honeyman, Callan Dalrymple and Connor Rosewell were determined to keep the clean sheet. Jeffers would claim his second when a flowing midfield move saw Scott Peebles release him in 1 vs 1 the onrushing keeper. Without breaking stride he produced an outrageous piece of skill to dink the ball high over the keeper and into the net.
Montrose would have the ball in the net, only to be pulled back for a foul by the striker on Antoniewicz.
The final goal would come in a bizarre fashion. Peebles drove through the midfield and as the defender tried to clear the ball at the edge of the box it rebounded off his shoulder and into the net. 7-0.
A strong team performance from Jeanfield to get through to the next round where they will face Aberdour at home on Saturday 22nd.
MOTM - Lewis Finnie.