Scottish Cup Replay
Auchinleck Talbot 6 - Dundonald 1
Dundonald headed to Ayrshire full of confidence after last weeks game but they knew they faced a uphill challange against a team who always do well in cup ties at home. The visitors got off to the worst possible start when they lost a goal with only five minutes played. A ball into the box found Samson who made space for himself then fires the ball into the net. Dundonald will feel should have done better at this goal as they had enough players in the box to prevent it. Dundonald fell futher behind when a push by Mackie on a Talbot player inside the box resulted in the home side being awarded a penalty. Lennox got a hand to the ball but could not prevent Wilsons effort going into the goal. Although they were two down Dundonald were not playing badly and had two great chances to get themselves back on level terms. The first chance fell to Smith who found himself with space and time to score but when he eventually shot the defender cleared the ball off the line and the keeper gathered it. The big striker was involved again in the next chance when he knocked the ball onto Matty Gay but his goal bound shot was somehow tipped over by the Auchinleck keeper. Moments later the visitors lost another goal when a slack pass gifted Talbot possession and they made Dundonald pay when Glasgow slotted the ball pass Lennox. There was a bit of good fortune about Glasgow's second goal he was tried a cross to the back post but drifted into the net.
Half Time 4-0
Dundonald made a few changes to their formation in the hope they could get back into the match. Ness had the first chance of the half but the keeper saved his shot. The visitors had the loins share of possession in this half but it the homeside who increased their lead when Lennox let a ball slip under him. Dundonald got a consolation goal when a great ball out of defence by Wallace found Gay who lobbed the keeper. A fine piece of skill on the right of the box allowed the Talbot player the space and time to chip the keeper the ball was going in but Shankland headed it in.
Full Time 6-1
Everyone involved with Dundonald will have the what if feeling after this game because if "the bell" had scored at two nil down who know what could have happened?It is hard to sum this game because Dundonald didn't play badly and had more possession then Auchinleck but it was the home side who were clinical in front off goal and in the end that made all the difference.
Challenge Cup Dundonald Bluebell v Tranent
Saturday 5th February 2022
Kick off 2-30pm