Doubles from Kevin Docherty and Nico Sbragia helped Cumbernauld United to a 5-0 victory over local rivals Cumbernauld Colts.
With both teams battling it out in mid table, this match was about bragging rights as much as anything. United have a five-point advantage over Colts prior to the game and with home advantage they started as favourites.
They were certainly out of the traps quicker than the opposition who had goalkeeper Reece Egan to thank in the early stages - first for rushing off his line to clear Docherty’s through ball and then for a fine save to stop Ben Smith’s curling corner going straight in at the near post.
Colts fashioned their first chance of the match through Reiss Rooney who cut in from the left wing, beat his man and flashed a shot across the front of goal, but it didn’t trouble United goalie Munro Chalmers.
The opening goal came from good play by Docherty whose shot from the edge of the box was tipped wide by Egan in the Colts goal. The resulting corner was a carbon copy of the earlier attempt except this time Smith managed to curl the ball away from Egan and into the back of the net. A goal direct from a corner is a rare thing but Smith seemed to have a knack for it.
With the goal boosting their confidence, United went in search of the second and got it soon after. Paddy Gillan’s hard work paid off when, after chasing after the ball to prevent a throw, he executed a lovely turn to beat his marker, before playing in Docherty who exchanged a neat one-two on the edge of the box with Daniel McGarvey and slotted home for the second.
United had bossed the early stages and were good value for their two goal lead but Colts were determined not to give up. Kian Docherty played in Jacob Kennedy but his shot was bravely headed clear by Martin Pollock and then Sean Paul Spiers gave Docherty a chance of his own but the Colts striker was thwarted at the near post by Chalmers.
Spiers next released Kennedy in the box, as Colts continued to search for a goal to get them back in the game, but United’s Dominic Boyle got across with a brilliantly timed tackle to stop the striker from getting his shot off.
Then, a quick throw in by Jake Lindsay gave Spiers the opportunity to cross to Kian Callaghan who forced another good save from the United keeper.
It was a good response from Colts who did not let their heads go down despite the scoreline. Unfortunately, they could not take any of their chances and United came back into the game.
They almost got the third in unusual circumstances. McGarvey showed good footwork on the left wing and his cross struck James Marshall on the shoulder and dropped just wide.
When it did come it was another Smith free-kick that created it. From the half-way line his lofted ball found Docherty unmarked in the box and he had time to take a touch to bring it down and then smash it into the roof the net for 3-0.
Smith almost created the fourth before half time when his corner fell to Ethan McDermott who shot wide. McDermott then turned provider with a ball over the top for Marshall to run on to. Marshall chose to take it first time and was unlucky to see it go a few inches by the top corner in the last action of the half.