Thursday, 23 June 2011

v Tayport (2002)

9th March 2002
Bathgate Thistle 2-2 Tayport
(Scottish Junior Cup quarter-final)


Tayport gained a well deserved draw at Creamery Park in front of an attendance of just over 800.

The visitors opened the scoring after 5 minutes, when the Bathgate defence failed to deal with a throw-in from the right.  Barry McNAUGHTON was left unmarked at the far post, but totally sclaffed his attempton goal.    Unfortunately for Bathgate the ball spun high into the air and looped in to the net at the top corner.


Bathgate were level within a further 5 minutes, Ged O'HARA heading in a Petrie free-kick.  And another set piece move on 20 minutes gave the home side the lead, Andy ROBERTS following up after Tayport 'keeper Fitzpatrick had spilled his initial header.  Bathgate then enjoyed their best spell of the game, but by half-time Tayport had begun to take control of the midfield, and had come closest to adding to the scoring when Rab Balfour's crossbar was rattled.

The second half was pretty much all Tayport, and both Brian Craik and Ronnie Kenneth wasted gilt edged opportunities after the Bathgate defence was cut open.  These let-offs simply delayed the inevitable, however, and Tayport drew level in 64 minutes, Derek WEMYSS prodding in after another in a series of goalmouth scrambles.

The last 20 minutes was a rerun of the Cumnock backs-to-the-wall display with more than one Bathgate player looking dead on his feet towards the end.  Consequently, it was the homesters who looked more relieved to hear the full-time whistle.



Under the World Media spotlight.


Tayport on the attack, as they were for pretty much the whole of the second-half.


Panorama of Creamery Park, Bathgate.


Through the magic of Microsoft Live Photo Gallery, I have cloned Paul Jack.

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