West Park United Gold hosted Condorrat BC in a CSFA C Division match in a repeat of last season’s D Division League Cup Final.
The game started with Condorrat on the front foot and creating early chances, one of which they converted on six minutes. Great work in the midfield by Reece Deans, who held off defenders to pass the ball across for Reece Robertson to play an inch perfect pass through the West Park backline for Dylan Elliot in the penalty area who took one touch and smashed the ball into the far corner to give the away side an early lead.
Condorrat continued to press their opponents and doubled their lead with 12 minutes on the clock. A short corner found Dylan Elliot on the right wing, who had space to deliver a cross with great pace in towards the six-yard box which found Robert McMahon who smashed the ball into the net giving West Park 'keeper Jordan McKenzie no chance.
The visitors almost made it 3-0 after great running by Reece Robertson who chased what looked like a lost cause to gain possession on the left wing, he had time to look up and send his cross into the box which Jordan McKenzie got a hand on but the ball fell to Reece Deans who forced McKenzie into a great double save from close range.
West Park then had their first chance of the game. A sweeping move led by Adam Gribben who carried the ball past defenders on the left wing before making a great switch of play for Aidan Reid on the edge of the area, who darted into the box, but as he was about to pull the trigger, his chance was thwarted by a combination of Brady Differ and Leon Gillies who managed to clear the danger.
Condorrat threatened again, first through Robert McMahon. The forward collected the ball from a throw in and drove at the heart of the West Park defence, played a 1-2 with Reece Deans and then unleashed a shot from the edge of the area which McKenzie was equal to as he tipped the effort over the bar. Reece Robertson then tried his luck with an outside of the foot effort from the edge of the area which whistled past the post.
Five minutes before half-time, Condorrat had their third. An amazing individual goal by Dylan Ross. The Condorrat front-man dispossessed the West Park midfield and from there went on a solo-run, who breezed past the West Park defence, leaving three defenders in his wake, advancing into the penalty area before slotting the ball into the far corner to put the visitors 3-0 up.
It could've been four for Condorrat on the brink of half-time. A corner delivered by Dylan Elliot found Reece Deans who turned the ball goalward, but his effort was cleared off the line by Patrick Gallacher as the referee blew for half time.