A strong second half performance saw Rossvale Thistle progress to the second round of the League cup after victory against Milton Blue. Four second half goals gave Thistle a 6-2 win after the score was tied 2-2 at half time.
Both teams went into the match having won their last game. Milton beat Alloa Saints 5-1 in their previous fixture, whilst Rossvale Thistle inflicted a heavy defeat on Gartcairn .
The match started at a frantic pace with both teams having half chances within the opening ten minutes. The first real opportunity fell to Milton four minutes in when Joe Tortolano headed narrowly wide.
Rossvale's first chance fell to Paul King who's looping header was easily caught by Milton goalkeeper Aidan McEwan. McEwan then saved from Jack Crumlish who had cut inside the fullback and shot from the edge of the area.
At this point it looked like Rossvale were starting to create more chances and it was not long before they took the lead. Paul King ran on to a long pass and beat the goalkeeper McEwan in a race to the ball. His shot looked to be heading past the post, however Ralston got to the ball and calmly finished past two defenders on the line.
The lead did not last that long however, as five minutes later, Milton drew level. Jordan Brown smashed a great volley past Callum O'Hagan after a good ball over the top.
Rossvale had two good chances to retake the lead shortly after Milton's equaliser. A strong run and shot from Adam Martin was well saved by McEwan in the Milton goal. King swung in the resulting corner and Craven found space, however his header went just over the crossbar.
Since equalising, Milton had come into their game a bit more and it showed soon after. Good play down the right wing on 27 minutes resulted in a corner for Milton. The corner was swung in by Brown and was met by Hunter who had lost his man. His superb diving header found the top corner of the net and gave Milton a 2-1 lead.
Martin nearly drew Rossvale level two minutes later following another good run. This time his trickery left him one on one with the goalkeeper, however his shot went wide.
However, Rossvale weren't to be denied their equaliser and ten minutes before half time they won a penalty. Craven stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way as he calmly slotted the ball in the bottom corner.
Shortly after drawing level, Rossvale had a chance to go ahead once more. A ball over the top from Crumlish was met by King who's lobbed over the keeper also went over the crossbar.
The two teams went in level at half time, and this seemed to be an accurate reflection of the half. The play was scrappy with a lot of meaty challenges in the midfield and both defences done well not to concede too many clear cut chances to their opponents.