West Park United lifted the Michael McGinley Shield with a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Cumbernauld Colts Blues on Sunday.
A clinical first half saw United take a four goal lead thanks to strikes from Brandon Manners, Connor McLachlan and a double from man of the match Kyle Berrie. Sharjo Jammeh made it five after the restart, before Jack Govan grabbed a late consolation for Colts.
It took just thirteen minutes for West Park to break the deadlock. Christopher Tolland’s long throw bamboozled the Colts defence, and Manners was on hand to spectacularly volley United into an early lead.
Tolland’s long throw continued to cause numerous problems, and it wasn’t long until it was the orchestrator of the second goal of the game. From an almost identical position, McLachlan latched onto the throw before turning and rifling a low shot past Colts keeper Andrew Wilson.
Scorer Manners almost turned provider when, after a delicately lofted pass into the path of Tolland, the shot over Wilson landed a whisker wide.
Midway through the first half, Colts launched a rare attack. A bursting run from Craig Shields almost caught out the United defence, and only a perfectly timed sliding challenge thwarted a promising venture forward
West Park then added a third and fourth goal in a five minute spell, in which impressive defender Kyle Berrie netted both. First, from Tolland’s corner on the left was met by the unmarked Berrie’s front post run, and he made no mistake, volleying high into the net.
Then, from Tolland’s corner on the right, Berrie grabbed his second. This time an intelligent far post run, Berrie rose highest to glance in his second and his side’s fourth of an impressive first half.
Despite the damage having already been done, Colts continued to battle and had their best spell of the match with five minutes of the first half remaining. Patient build up play almost resulting in a couple of goals, with only the assistant’s offside flag twice foiling Colts.