Oct 24 2012 By Andrew Weston
Shotts Bon Accord
Shotts assistant boss Stewart Ralston was full of praise for his side on Saturday as the Emirates Cup holders negotiated what was a potentially tricky second round clash at Millfield Park.
In a match dominated from start to
finish by Shotts they could have hit double figures were it not for their profligacy in front of goal at times.
Nerves were eased after just 45 seconds however when Colin Williamson netted from the edge of the area.
And having squandered numerous chances after this Adam Coakley made it 2-0 early in the second half before new signing Keith Wright enjoyed a debut to remember netting a late double.
Haddington had two players sent off 15 minutes from the end, Brian Martin for a second caution and Jordan Cropley for verbal abuse aimed at the referee.
This merely added salt into the wound of the already disheartened hosts.
There was even time for last year’s cup winning skipper John Boyack to make a cameo appearance from the bench much to the satisfaction of the large travelling support.
A delighted Ralston said: “We had a good weeks training and capped it off with a good display. The players were angry that they had spurned so many chances at half time and it was a case of trying to calm them down and preventing that frustration from affecting their performance which had been good. When it went to 2-0 we were able to relax.
The standard of team we played wasn’t as good as what we play against week in week out but it does us no harm to get that win. People were tipping us to get knocked out. Some had Haddington as favourites.”
He added: “Tam Hanlon was outstanding and Andy Scott and Colin Williamson are two excellent football players who relish playing in good pitches with plenty of space.
It was nice to see John Boyack back
involved as well. We were short of
numbers and he was pleased to help.”
Following Williamson’s deflected early strike the rest of the half witnessed almost constant pressure on the Haddington goal.
Both Allan MacKenzie and striker
partner Adam Coakley missed a number of golden opportunities to double the lead with Tan Hanlon, Paul Finnigan and Chris Walker also passing up chances as Haddington managed to hang on until the break.
The Hannah Park lads continued where they left off at the start of the second half but Coakley eventually found the net with a close range glancing header on 55 minutes.
He was replaced by Kenny Wright 15 minutes from time and the former Carluke forward marked his debut in impressive fashion thrashing a 25 yard shot past Johnston on 83 minutes before latching on to Mark Sideserf’s cross in the final minute to make it 4-0.