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Author: Rob Wilson/Garry Evans
Milngavie started the competition in strong fashion, seeing off Oban Saints, Dunbartonshire League Champions 12/13. Early on it was evident that Joe Slee was to be a stand out player and eight minutes in he opened the scoring. A ball was whipped in from the right and with great composure the ball was dispatched past the oncoming keeper.
Oban Saints had an opportunity to equalise minutes later after Jamie Forrester made a mistake. His poor pass landed at the feet of Jay Cooper who looked odds on to score. However, Forrester atoned for the error by putting enough pressure on the striker who poked it wide.
Oban then went on to pay for not taking the chance. 14 minutes later and Milngavie doubled the score after Slee switched play to the right hand side for Nathan Carmichael. He appeared to have lost the chance initially, but he managed to recover the opportunity and put past the keepers right hand side.
We unfortunately witnessed a severe injury to Ryan Sweeney for Milngavie who we wish a speedy recovery. However, the injury did not stop the tremendous play of his side. A corner from Carmichael was flicked towards goal, with William Fleming on hand to slam it into the net and make sure of the goal.
Five minutes later and the best goal of the match was scored by Carmichael. On the right hand side of the box from around 25 yards the midfielder curled his effort towards the goal. The goalkeeper had no chance of making a save and Milngavie found themselves 4-0 to the good.
Milngavie were not done there and neither was Slee. He cut in from the left side beating two Oban players on route. Then from the edge of the box he slipped past the final player and confidently finished off into the bottom right hand corner.
Half Time: Milngavie Wanderers 5-0 Oban Saints
The second half was a quitter affair overall but that was partly thanks to the Oban Saints goalkeeper, Mateusz Polewaczyk. He denied Fleming after some good link up play between Kyle Campbell and Alberto Vezza and then also made a confident save from a well struck free-kick by Jonathan Grier.
Oban themselves also had an opportunity when the ball was played back on the edge of the box. Liam Higgins connected well with the shot but the accuracy did not match the power and the attempt went wide of the left post.
It looked as if the game would finish with the half-time scoreline, but Fleming had other ideas. He received the ball 40 yards from goal and advanced towards goal. He beat the tracking player for pace and from edge of the box blasted his shot into the top corner with his left foot.
Three great goals and a fantastic overall performance from the Glasgow league champions sets them up perfectly ahead of their second group game, while Oban will be hoping this would be the only slip-up.
Full Time: Milngavie Wanderers 6-0 Oban Saints