Fixture: Milngavie Wanderers 99s v Rossvale 99s
Competition: Cumbernauld & Kilsyth DYL Under 16 League A
The horrendous weather conditions on this Sunday morning in May, matched the mood on the Milngavie sidelines at 2.20pm. 1-4 down after 50 mins, the title race was swinging back in the favour of Hamilton Accies. Over the past few weeks it has done so on a number of occasions, with the impressive Coltswood and old Glasgow rivals Celtic making this the most competitive league challenge in Scotland. By 2.38, dismay had turned to disbelief and delight.
Milngavie, buoyed by Coltswood and Hamilton's 2-2 draw in midweek, were soon grounded when Vale stabbed home early from a corner after a scramble in the six-yard box.
Five mins later Nelson raced through for the Wanderers after a terrific floated pass from Carmichael, slotting low and hard into the corner.
This seemed to be the reaction that would kick start the Glasgow champions, but it got worse. Another corner this time as centre half Stefan Faleu drilled home at the front post following Brandon Price's looped header at the back.
Milngavie could not handle Rossvale's aerial threat and moments later a 40-yard free-kick was latched onto the Vale striker who slotted in for three.
Half Time: Milngavie Wanderers 99s 1-3 Rossvale 99s
Defensively as a team Milngavie have been excellent all season, but everything was going wrong as a simple through ball was not cleared and Rossvale now had for and game over...or so you might think.
Substitute Kalvin Warren made an immediate impact, scoring direct from a corner. 2-4. Every Milngavie player rushed to the centre circle -they had not given up the fight yet despite trialling by two.
After terrific work from Nelson, Slee was in to fire past for three just moments later. Game on and everyone began to believe.
The game barely restarted and Milngavie had a freekick where Slee dinked over the top to Warren who superbly volleyed past the keeper for 4-4.
Knowing only a win was good enough, Milngavie came straight back again robbing Rossvale right from kick off and Slee played the one-two through the middle and calmly slid home to send the home sideline into pandemonium.
The victory was secured 10 mins from time when Carmichael's cross was met by Warren who directed his header into the right corner.
What a game of football! It was dramatic, it looked done and dusted, but Milngavie showed the belief they will need if they aspire to become Champions of the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth.
Full Time: Milngavie Wanderers 99s 6-4 Rossvale 99s