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Saturday saw the first game of the season for both Armadale Thistle and Armadale Falcons Red after an extended break due to the bad weather. The top of the table clash, held at Armadale Academy, made for a very interesting game.
Falcons Red started well keeping the pressure on early in the first half. Kai Lees made an early break for the goal but was met by Thistle's defence on the penalty box. Thistle received the first free kick of the game. It was a good ball into the box but the forward broke too early and were caught offside. 10 minutes in Falcons were still on top but had failed to make the break.
As the first half progressed, Thistle became more confident. A rocket shot from Ewan Pearson looked set to be heading straight for the top right corner of the goal but was intercepted by a superb save from Falcon's keeper, Jay Anderson.
The first corner of the game was taken by Thistle at the 15 minute mark. It was a good ball to the front post but was knocked out for another corner. Falcons took possession from the second corner with Lees breaking away down the right. Lees ripped Thistle's defence apart but put the ball just wide of the goal. A nice one two put Falcon's AJ MacMillan in the clear and a great pass to Jack Mullen gave Falcon's another opportunity at the goal but again the ball was played wide.
A long ball from the defence put Thistle's Pearson in the clear but keeper, Jay Anderson, was alert and made clearance outside the box.
There was controversy at the 30 minute mark after MacMillan played an excellent ball through to Lees putting Lees in the clear once again. However, the game was stopped due to discussions between Thistle's coaching team and the referee.
Thistle piled on the pressure at the end of the first half with Douglas Lafferty taking a free kick from midway inside the opposition's half. It was a good shot but was met by another excellent save from Anderson. The final five minutes were an end to end game but the first half finished without a goal for either team.
Rangers SABC lifted the League Cup trophy 4-1 after a scintillating performance against Kilsyth. A Dylan Brown hat-trick and a goal from Alex Smith gave Rangers victory as Kilsyth's reply from Sam Graham wasn't enough to stop the boys in blue.
In the opening stages, there was little to choose between the two sides. Both teams battled for possession as they looked to get a foothold in the game. Brown though gave the Kilsyth defence an early warning. Cutting through on goal but only to blast his effort into Kilsyth's side netting.
Approaching the half-way mark in the half John Wilson threaded through a ball for the lurking Brown and Kilsyth were let off the hook. Brown struggled to connect from eight yards out.
Almost immediately, Brown was at it again and this time he made Kilsyth pay. He latched onto a through ball before stroking the ball past the unlucky Sam Kerr in the Kilsyth goal.
The game livened up as the floodlights beamed down onto the Ochilview park with both teams having their fair share of possession.
Kilsyth's best chance of the half came shortly before the break when Cameron McEwan found himself with clear sight of goal but he couldn’t generate enough power to trouble Robbie Walker.