Vics come so close

Selkirk Victoria 2

Grangemouth AFC 3


Selkirk missed out on a place in the next round of the Scottish Amateur Cup after an entertaining match at Yarrow Park.

Grangemouth opened the scoring after five minutes when the central midfielder dribbled through and slotted the ball past Jamie Lyall.

The home side piled on the pressure, Grant Brownlee and William Mercer both hitting the crossbar before Ryan Pritchard got the equaliser, heading home Mercer’s corner 10 minutes before half-time.

The Vics created the better chances in the second half, but Grangemouth took the lead again on the hour. The substitute striker slid the ball under the advancing Lyall into the far corner.

However, the lead only lasted for a couple of minutes. The Grangemouth defence failed to clear a cross from the right and the ball fell to Ryan Clapperton, who hit a stunning volley into the top corner from 20 yards.

Both sides pushed for the winner, and Grangemouth got it with 10 minutes to go. They won a free kick on the edge of the box and forced Lyall into a good save low to the right, but the rebound was tapped in by the advancing striker.

Selkirk threw everything at the visitors in the closing stages and came within inches of forcing the game into extra time with the last attack of the game. Mercer’s cross was met at the back post by Pritchard, who headed the ball across goal, but the keeper pulled off an excellent save to secure the win.

This Saturday, the Vics host St Boswells in the first round of the South of Scotland Cup. Kick-off is at 1.30pm.

Selkirk Victoria: Lyall, Sharkey, Pritchard, Brownlee (c), Bodicoat, Clapperton, Craggs, Purves, Mercer, Orr & MacFarlane. Subs used: Ford, Munro & Deans.