|GK||1||Derek Moore (Trialist)|
|CB||5||Andy Ward (c)|
Having registered their first Lowland League victory with a fine performance at Forthbank on Wednesday the Colts travelled to Lochburn Park, home of last season's Challenge Cup winners BSC Glasgow, full of confidence. The Scottish weather, as it does, couldn't decide between sun and rain, making for decent footballing conditions as the passing showers kept a bit of a zip on the longish grass surface.
With influential midfielder Ross Ballantyne getting married on the day (congratulations Ross and the new Mrs Ballantyne!) and Espener still unavailable following the birth of his daughter, there were two changes in the Colts starting lineup with Robbie Burns coming in for his first start in the centre of midfield and Derek Moore in goal.
In the opening stages there wasn't much between the teams, both moving the ball reasonably well when in possession but without either really troubling their opposing keeper, the closest to a goal a flash half volley from distance by BSC skipper Gray that had Moore in the Colts goal watching it safely over the bar.
As the game settled Cumbernauld created the better of the first half chances as firstly Selkirk raced onto a wonderful Kirwin through ball, driving away from the BSC central defender and drilling inches wide of the keepers left hand post with his left foot, the keeper beaten. Kirwin was involved again moments later linking with O'Neill and powerfully dribbling beyond the right fullback, drilling a low cross towards Barclay who saw his effort smothered away for a corner.
|Selkirk comes close (click to enlarge)|
At the other end the Colts keeper Derek Moore had to look sharp to collect a flicked header from a free kick on the left, before Benton made a wonderful block inside his area to stop a BSC strike, Ward cleaning up the loose ball comfortably.
Kirwin and O'Neill were causing BSC real problems on the Colts left, linking again on 20 to get Kirwin in behind, his driven left foot cross evading everyone in the area, before the next phase of play where O'Neill used his fullbacks overlap as a decoy to slip inside past 2 defenders and tee up Barclay who fired over from 25 yards.
Moments later Burns rescued the ball well in central midfield with a good sliding tackle before driving forward and shooting wide from 25 yards. Minutes later Duncan saw an effort from just inside the area blocked away for a corner.
At the back fine challenges from Ward and Oliver snuffed out half chances for the home side, the Colts defence looking strong and managing to protect Moore in goal from making much in the way of saves in the opening third.
And on the half hour Selkirk applied pressure that allowed him to steal the ball from the BSC centre back and race through on goal from the right. Unfortunately as he pulled the trigger the BSC defender was rescued by his centre back partner, coming across superbly to block the ball away for a corner. From the set piece O'Neill picked out Benton at the back post, the Colts central defender stooping to head at goal but seeing his effort blocked away.
|Broadfoot in Control (click to enlarge)|
Further chances came for Broadfoot, Selkirk and Duncan as the Colts looked the more likely to open the scoring, but as the whistle blew for half time the sides went in at 0-0.
At the start of the second half there was a change for the visitors, McIntyre coming on to replace Duncan on the right and the wide man had an immediate impact on the game, scoring with his first touch to put the Colts ahead on 46 minutes! On the left Kirwin and Broadfoot linked with Selkirk to release O'Neill. The wide man beat two players, driving into the box before crossing with his left from the goal line. The home keeper will be disappointed to have fumbled the cross, but McIntyre was in no mood for sympathy, throwing himself into the bodies to drive low into the net for his first for the club from 4 yards.
|McIntyre came on at half time to score with first touch (click to enlarge)|
It was nearly two after 50 minutes as another piece of individual brilliance from O'Neill saw him pop up on the right, trick his way past the defender inside the area and unleash an unstoppable drive with his right foot towards the top corner, the keeper helpless as it crashed off the post. Broadfoot did brilliantly to get the rebound under control such was the pace it came at him, but for the second time in the game BSC defender Bembo threw himself in to block the shot, stopping Broadfoot making it 2-0 to the visitors.
Despite their early pressure there was a scare for the Colts soon after, a speculative shot from 30 yards slipping through the hands of Moore in goal, bouncing fortunately off the post and back into the stoppers hands! Then some fine play down the BSC left saw left back Ramsey deliver a wonderful cross towards McDougall who flicked a first time volley just wide with his right from 12 yards.
|O'Neill beats man before crashing off post||(click to enlarge)|
These scares served as motivation for the Colts and they nearly extended their lead on 65 minutes as Selkirk gathered a pass from Kirwin before playing in Barclay, the midfielder driving beyond the defence and towards goal from the left, his curling effort from 18 yards turned over by the fingertips of the home keeper.
Broadfoot and Selkirk had further efforts before the Colts extended their lead after 70 minutes. McIntyre won a header on the right finding Selkirk who played down the line again for McIntyre, BSC fullback Ramsey turning out for a throw. McIntyre and Selkirk were alive to the opportunity, catching out the BSC defence with a quick throw, McIntyre finding Selkirk inside the area. Selkirk turned his man and drove across goal for O'Neill coming in from the left, the wide man getting there before the keeper to bundle over the line for his fourth in four games. Protests from the home side of a suspicion of handball from Selkirk, but neither referee nor linesman who both had a good view felt any offence had been committed.
Oliver was next to try his luck as he drove forward from right back and fired wide with his left before Broadfoot won a free kick 25 yards out and Oliver pulled a comfortable save from the home keeper firing the free kick on target with his right.
On 81 minutes though the points were made safe as Kirwin scored a wonderful solo goal. The Colts fullback picked up the ball just inside his own half, latching onto a loose ball, then dribbled with pace and power past four or five BSC players, through midfield and defence, running half the park with the ball to get to the home box and slot into the bottom left hand corner of the keepers net with his right foot, the keeper helpless. A superb solo goal to wrap up the points and another player opening his account for the club.
|O'Neill makes it 2 (click to enlarge)||Kirwin slots home after solo run (click to enlarge)|
And it wasn't over there. Black, busy as always having replaced Burns earlier, opened his account for the club as he fired first time with his right from a low cross past the keeper to make it 4-0. Another excellent finish from the forward.
O'Halloran, who had replaced Selkirk, nearly nipped in to latch onto Black's header to make it 5 in the dying stages, but the keeper got there just before him, the match official blowing for full time on what was a fine afternoon's work for the visiting side.
No midweek fixture this coming week gives the Colts some time to recuperate before hosting Vale of Leithen at Broadwood next weekend, Saturday 22/08, kick off 15:00.