Barrhead travelled to the home of the current Glasgow & District YFL league leaders on Sunday for their quarter final tie at Merklands 3G in Kirkintilloch. The tie matched two current holders of the West Region Cup - West Park at Under 19 level and Barrhead at Under 17.
With the pitch situated high up it was exposed to the elements, although gladly the rain stayed off and the wind wasnt too bad, although it did effect the overall quality of the game.
West Park won the toss and chose to go with the wind in the first half and with the sun breaking through the Barrhead defence were going to be worked in the opening spell.
That said, West Park failed to capatilise in the elements and it was Barrhead who opened the scoring in the 22nd minute. A fast breakaway from Fraser McLaughlin resulted in the West Park goalkeeper coming right out to the edge of his box and fouling him, resulting in a penalty to Barrhead. Tony Etherson coolly slotted the kick away. The keeper received a booking for the tackle.
West Park got back into the game on the 30th minute when a free kick from Ryan Jack on the right was swung in and went straight over everybody including the Barrhead keeper to bring things level at 1-1.
With their tails up, West Park continued to press and were rewarded with just a minute left of the half. Connor McGregor latched onto a cross ball from the left and he volleyed it in from 10 yards out.