On Saturday 9th May Milton Reds 1998s were at home to Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in a League match. Rob Roy had played Milton twice recently in a League Cup match then League match and both matches were tight affairs with Rob Roy winning the first game 1-0 and Milton winning the next match 1-0. This match was crucial to both teams with Rob Roy joint top of the league and Milton close behind along with a group of four others all battling for third place in this year’s very close and competitive Forth Valley league.
The game was played on the grass at Braehead and the recent wet weather was ideal to leave the surface in great condition which would allow good football to prevail.
Both teams started at a high tempo and the match was again very competitive. Milton were just edging the majority of possession as they pressed for the opener. After a few close efforts for the home side it was rather against the run of play that in the 15th minute Rob Roy opened the scoring when keeper Adrian Kroll could only parry a shot and a Rob Roy forward fired the ball into the empty net.
Milton increased the pressure and deservedly equalised in the 30th minute when, from a corner, Jake Hurry’s effort was deflected by his teammate Jason Walker passed the stranded Christie in the Rob Roy goal. Milton continued to have majority of possession but failed to turn their possession into goals. The first half came to a close with the match still level at one goal apiece.
After the break Milton came out and within the first minute took the lead when substitute Stuart Gardner burst through the centre of the Rob Roy defence and as the ball broke in front of him, he fired his shot into the net.
Milton were looking comfortable as they continued to have the majority of play but in the 63rd minute slack play in midfield allowed Rob Roy possession and they took advantage and as Milton’s keeper advanced they struck the ball passed him into the net to level the match.
This seemed to unsettle the home side and within a minute the game had turned completely as Rob Roy again scored after slack play by the home side.
Milton seemed to have lost their composure and Rob Roy were now dominating play and looked to be the more likely side to increase their lead rather than Milton getting back level. Gradually Milton regained their composure but their efforts were in vain as time ran out and the referee finally brought the match to an end.
After the final whistle both teams congratulated each other on their efforts and Milton although disappointed to lose, congratulated Rob Roy on their victory in a competitive match which was played in a very sporting and fair manner throughout. Both teams also congratulated the match official who had an excellent match.
Milton now have a busy schedule as they play league matches home to Stein’s on Tuesday then away to Riverside Red’s on Thursday before playing home to Stenhousemuir in the quarter-final of the League Cup on Saturday 16th May.