Airdrie Utd faced Syngenta Juveniles at Airdrie Sports Centre, only a few weeks after playing them in a thrilling cup tie that finished 5-5. If this game was half as exciting as that one, it would be one to remember.
Airdrie came into the match off the back of two defeats, after going through their league cup group campaign undefeated. Syngenta would be confident of defeating their opponents, as they were 4-0 up after only 20 minutes in the previous encounter.
The home side started the brightest and should have taken the lead after only three minutes. Dominik Kaska had a free header inside the six yard box from a corner but his effort at goal was brilliantly cleared off the line by a combination of Harry Thomson and the Syngenta Goalkeeper Robbie Love.
Airdrie were the dominate side all over the pitch in the opening stages, and Cameron Stuart had an effort at goal that went just over.
Airdrie took a deserved lead only eight minutes in. Jordan McPharland's cross (or maybe it was a shot only he knows!) ended up in the back of the Syngenta net with the goalkeeper helpless.
Syngenta were really struggling to get a foothold in the game, and it was only a matter of time before Airdrie doubled their lead. Liam McMeekin finished well past Love in goal after a nice move with 15 minutes on the clock.
A highlight of the first half was a great piece of skill from Christopher McGhee for Airdrie, as he beat his marker easily before and almost created a third for McMeekin.
Airdrie continued to be on top throughout the first half an hour, and could have easily made it three after 26 minutes but McMeekin wasn't as composed as he was with his first goal and his effort went just wide of the post.
John Hamilton then had another chance for the home side to pull clear of their opponent and he would have felt that he should have scored having been played through but his shot went inches wide of the post.
Sygenta were really holding on however with their first notable chance of the game, they were extremely unlucky not to score. Thomson picked the ball up on the edge of the box and his left footed strike from almost 25 yards out smashed off the cross bar and Airdrie were able to clear.
Stuart eventually made it three for Airdrie on the stroke of half time but Syngenta will feel it was a soft goal to concede. Stuart's fired low shot from a free kick under the wall to put his side 3-0 up at half time.