Stranraer U20s 0 – 11 Motherwell U20s

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Stranraer U20s 0 – 11 Motherwell U20s

Motherwell cruised into fifth round of the Scottish FA Youth Cup with an 11-0 victory against Stranraer.

James Scott and Alfredo Agyeman partnered each other up front for Stephen Craigan’s side, and the pair both bagged hat tricks in Cumnock.

The youngsters also had goalkeeper PJ Morrison to thank for keeping a clean sheet, with his penalty save after just two minutes denying the hosts.

It was ‘Well centre back Barry Maguire who opened the scoring. A short corner was laid off to Hastie, who curled his cross towards the back post where Maguire was on hand to head home.

It took until the 25th minute before ‘Well had their second. Jordan Armstrong clipped a lovely ball over the Stranraer defence for Scott, who burst through and slipped the ball through keeper Ryan McLaren’s legs.

A minute later, it was three. Agyeman grabbed his first of the game with a composed finish, cutting inside from the right and slotting in to the far corner.

The Italian turned provider in the 29th minute, bursting towards the byline and cutting back for Scott inside the six-yard box, who had an easy finish for his second of the game.

It was four at the break for the Steelmen, who then came out for the second half in style and with one change of personnel, with Jamie Semple replacing Shaun Bowers.

Six minutes after the restart, David Turnbull made it five with arguably the goal of the game.

Pulling the ball out of the air with a lovely first touch, the midfielder chopped his way past two defenders before finding the side netting with a lovely left-footed finish from just inside the box.

Hastie got in on the action with an easy header just four minutes later. But it was the work from Kyle MacDonald down the right-hand side that created the goal.

Beating his man, the youngster sent a pinpoint cross on to Hastie’s head, who made no mistake from inside the box.

Semple provided a neat assist for Agyeman just two minutes later, rolling the ball through for the speedy forward, who slotted beyond McLaren to make it seven.

Reece McAlear was introduced to the fold just before the hour mark, replacing Turnbull at Townhead Park.

In the 62nd minute, Scott had his hat trick and it was another easy finish. McAlear threaded Hastie in down the left, and the winger cut back for Scott to tap home from three yards.

Ten minutes later, Agyeman followed suit. Having missed a couple of half-decent chances, the forward made no mistake when he rounded the keeper with great composure before rolling the ball in to the empty net.

McAlear scored his first goal for the under 20s when he fired home from Agyeman’s cut back, making it ten for Stephen Craigan’s side.

The afternoon’s scoring was then rounded off by Agyeman, who received the ball after some clever work down the left flank, opened his body and finished confidently past McLaren.

Just before full time, Stranraer’s John Mitchell was given his marching orders for a bad tacle on Agyeman.

Kilmarnock lie in wait in the next round for the young Steelmen.

Motherwell U20s: 1. PJ Morrison, 2. Shaun Bowers, 3. Jordan Armstrong, 4. Dylan King, 5. Barry Maguire, 6. Kyle MacDonald, 7. Jake Hastie, 8. Davie Turnbull, 9. Alfredo Agyeman, 11. James Scott, 14. Liam Brown

Subs: 12. Jamie Semple, 15. Jack Brown, 16. Reece McAlear 

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