Granite Glens too good in Aberdeen

Napier scores Glens' fourth from close range.
Napier scores Glens' fourth from close range.

Aberdeen Sunnybank 1, Glenrothes Juniors 4

Glenrothes made the long trip to Aberdeen to face North First Division side Sunnybank at Heathryfold Park in the Scottish Cup.

The Glens dominated the opening exchanges but goal scoring chances were thin on the ground for both sides.

In the end, the deadlock was broken from the penalty spot in the 35th minute, following a good piece of play in midfield with Anderson receiving the ball and playing in Forbes. He shimmied past his man and started along the touchline inside the box, only to be brought tumbling down by a Sunnybank defender.

Captain John Martin took the penalty, sending the ‘keeper the wrong way to take the lead.

Comfortably in control of the game, Glenrothes were not able to increase their lead before half time.

The second half started much like the first, with the Glens midfield controlling much of the possession but not converting their chances. Both Scarborough and Martin shot wide of the mark.

Sunnybank were not out of the game yet as they got things level in the 53rd minute with a penalty of their own, after Forbes handled the ball.

This spurred the Glens into life as, only five minutes later, a great one-two between Martin and Scarborough put them back in front.

Scarborough won the ball in midfield, heading into the path of Martin, who darted forward on the right hand side, threading the ball into the box to Scarborough, who had a great shot parried back that allowed him to lash the rebound home.

It was another great piece of link-up play by Glenrothes that put the match beyond Sunnybank, when Martin put an excellently-timed ball through to Scarborough, who fired home.

Glenrothes finally gave the game a scoreline that reflected their dominance in the 80th minute when a fine cross in from the left by Anderson found Napier lurking in the box.

When the Sunnybank defender could not clear properly, Napier lashed the ball home from close range.

Glenrothes travel to face Broxburn Athletic in the Fife and Lothians Cup on Saturday with a 2.30p.m. kick off.

Glenrothes - Gay, Bissett, Wallace, Greirson, Moffat, Griffin, Napier, Anderson, Martin, Scarborough, Forbes

Subs - Wylie, Pearson, Kinnes.