Forfar West End 1
Stonehaven welcomed East Region North Division side Forfar West End to Glenury on Saturday in the Scottish Junior Cup Second Round.
It was the hosts who had the first chance after just a minute when a free kick was played into the path of Taylor who turned his marker but shot wide from the edge of the six-yard box.
The visitors came close to opening the scoring after four minutes when a throw-in was played back out wide and the cross was only just cleared by Capstick for a corner.
The opening goal came in the ninth minute when the ball was played in from Šulkevičius to Robertson who turned it into the path of Lewis Shand and he fired low past ‘keeper Bonnar to give Stonehaven the lead.
Capstick did well to keep the lead intact after 15 minutes after he managed to keep hold of a ball in from a long throw under pressure from Scott.
Forfar came close a minute later when the ball was played in from the Hive’s left and the defence failed to clear, but Capstick got down to hold the strikers’ flick on.
Wilson tried his luck when Šulkevičius played the ball into his path following a diagonal pass from Workman, but the defender did enough to put him off and his shot was held by Bonnar.
A minute later, Scott broke down the Hive left and only a sliding tackle from Low stopped the ball reaching Hart in the middle.
Duncan came close after 25 minutes when he played a ball out wide to Šulkevičius who passed it back into his path but his shot was blocked and the rebound cleared.
The away side had a chance on the 28th minute to grab the equaliser but Capstick did well to tip the free kick over the crossbar.
The resulting corner was cleared and Stonehaven broke forward with Taylor trying his luck but his shot was cleared for a corner.
A free kick to the back post a minute later saw Scott shoot wide from a tight angle.
After 35 minutes, Duncan picked up a booking for a free kick conceded in the Stonehaven half but the ball into the box was cleared by the Hive defence. Immediately they broke upfield and the ball was played into the path of Taylor who outran the Forfar defence and slotted low past Bonnar.
Slack marking saw a shot fired in from the edge of the area but Capstick did well to tip it away and get to the rebound despite the attention of the onrushing striker.
The visitors had a great chance to pull a goal back with the last action of the first half but, despite being unmarked, the header was sent wide of goal.
Half Time - Stonehaven 2 v 0 Forfar West End
Forfar came out in the second half looking to get themselves straight back in the game and within the first minute they broke upfield but the defence managed to clear the danger.
Duncan had a chance on the 48th minute after the ‘keeper failed to clear properly but his shot was easily held.
The visitors broke three minutes later but Mathieson did well to clear. Stonehaven were next to threaten when the ball was played wide to Taylor who cut inside but his shot curled over the crossbar.
The lead was increased on the hour mark, however, and it was Duncan again who was involved. A ball over the top found the run of Duncan whose cross-come-shot wasn’t dealt with by substitute ‘keeper Peters and Wilson was presented with an easy chance with which he made no mistake to make it 3-0.
The deficit was reduced after 64 minutes when a free kick was awarded just over 20 yards from goal and Scott fired past Capstick at the near post.
Wilson and Taylor combined minutes later but Taylor couldn’t get a shot away and laid to Wilson but it was too short and the defence cleared.
Low did well to block a cross after 70 minutes when the visitiors did well to work the ball out wide into a dangerous position.
Forfar West End continued to press, but a combination of good defending and some great saves from Capstick in the Stonehaven goal meant that there was to be no further scoring and it was the home side who secured their place in the third round for the first time since 2006.
Full Time – Stonehaven 3 v 1 Forfar West End
Stonehaven: Capstick, Robertson, Mathieson, Low, McCall, Duncan (Anderson), Šulkevičius (Armstrong), Lewis Shand, Wilson, Taylor (Martin Shand), Workman
Forfar West End: Bonnar, Mudie, Reynolds, Daryl McKenzie, Black, Ramsay, Scott, Cox, Hart, Irons, Docherty
Subs used: Peters, Tinley, Muckersie