Hampden - Here we come!

Last updated : 23 March 2003 By Firparkcorner

Despite early attempts on goal from Adams and Lehmann it took an own goal after half an hour to set us on our way. Adams sent over a cross from the left touchline which failed to connect with Lehmann's head. The ball fell awkwardly and finished in the net having been helped on its way by the defender Fraser Wright.

Safe hands
Until then Stranraar had competed well and Dubordeau had been called into action several times. McFadden almost sneaked the second within a minute of the re-start and again at the end of the half when he and Lehmann had a series of pot-shots inside a crowded six yard box. But with no success.

Although starting the second half with a one goal lead calmed any remaining cup nerves, it was clear that the next goal could determine the likely outcome of the game. Dubordeau earned his win bonus with a brave dive at the feet of an onrushing Stranraar striker when an equalising goal looked highly probable.

Five minutes later and in front of the packed Motherwell terracing Faddy provided the comforting second when he finished from close in.But the best was yet to come. Kaiser Corrigan collected the ball inside his own half and set off on one of his trademark runs. He passed to Lehmann in the box and the ball was fed to Adams who stroked the ball beyond the keeper into the far corner. A magnificent goal which guaranteed our progress in the competion.

Our dominance of the match was now complete and chances came thick and fast.

Terry Butcher rang the changes and sent on Cowan, Fagan and Clarkson to replace Partridge, Leitch and McFadden. Fittingly,Dirk Lehmann added his name to the scoresheet as the game reached its conclusion. His aerial power caused the big Stranraar defenders problems throughout the game.

Two happy 'keepers
Scott Leitch and Derek Adams worked tirelessly in midfield in a team with no failures. McFadden's constant teasing was rewarded by the sponsor's man of the match award.

As the fans poured out and an impressive line of coaches left the ground after the game, news from Brockville revealed that we were the only team sure of a place in the semi-finals.

Hampden here we come!

Stranraer 0 'Well 4

Team: Dubourdeau, Corrigan, Hammell, Lasley, Vaughan, Pearson, Adams, Leitch, Lehmann, McFadden, Partridge.

Subs: Fagan, Clarkson, Craig, Cowan, Woods

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