Photos courtesy of Craig Halkett / Post-match interview article (courtesy of Euan Strathearn) / East End United's opening goal (via Facebook)
East End United ran out narrow winners in a thoroughly entertaining and dramatic SYFA Scottish Cup Final against Broxburn Athletic Colts at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium. The match was 3-3 at the end of regulation time and East End striker Bradley Anderson netted the winner in the first minute of extra time after lobbing the goalkeeper from the edge of the box.
Broxburn began the match on the front foot; striker Jonni Turner broke free from his marker and hit a low shot from just inside the box but the ball was well saved by Stewart Arkley in the East End goal.
Five minutes later, East End had their first chance; Reece Williamson was slipped through, the midfielder rounded the goalkeeper but his shot was blocked by the Broxburn defence and the ball was cleared on the line.
Almost instantly, Broxburn had an effort of their own cleared off the line; the ball was played in and Scott Lochrie rose above the defenders but, once again, the ball was cleared as it was on its way to goal.
Ten minutes before the end of the half, East End took the lead; following a very strong Broxburn penalty claim turned down by the referee, East End hit the Edinburgh side on the counter attack – the ball was played towards Regan Williamson who chested the ball down for his striker partner Andrew O’Donnell, the forward fired a volley into the top corner from just inside the area to put his side into the lead.
The referee then brought an end to a very entertaining first half of football – both teams were still very much in with a shout at the break.