The hosts and Glasgow champions Milngavie started the game with the confidence of a side familiar with its surroundings to kick things off in this prestigious Champions of Champions tournament.
Scott Simpson was galloping up the left flank in the first minute as the blue shirts sought to catch Tass, the Ayrshire champions, cold.
Milngavie were first to carve out an opening when Mitchell Duffy’s chip from left wing was met by Caleb Elliot, who had difficulty generating any real power with his header.
And they made it one nil with their next attack when Ben Jenkins stood a cross up at the far post for Nathan Carmichael to slam home with a side-footed volley.
David Gibbons was being called upon to defend stoutly and arrest Milngavie’s pressure. But their forward play was swift and incisive and when a clipped cross was volleyed into the path of Nathan Carmichael, it took last gasp attention from the defence to take the sting out of his shot from the edge of the Tass box.
Tass at this stage looked sluggish, unable to muster anything of note going forward. While Ben Jenkins showed good trickery for Milngavie, Jack Frew tried to claw back territory with a surge up the left for Tass.
Still Milngavie continued to press, however, and Caleb Elliot had a decent effort after being assisted by William Fleming. Elliot was playing on his marker’s shoulder and threatened to burst clear with a clever run and David Gibbons again was solid in the challenge.
Milngavie tried to build patiently from the back and a fine move involving the left back Bailey Williams and Mitchell Duffy saw the ball turned into Jonathan Grier who was just dispossessed as he thought about striking for goal.
The price paid by Tass for weathering the storm was difficulty in maintaining concentration and confusion in their box allowed Caleb Elliot to layoff neatly and Ben Jenkins have a shot turned wide in the last action of the first half.
Half Time: Milngavie Wanderers Under 14's 1-0 Tass Thistle Under 14's
Elliot started where he had left off for Milngavie, with the next exhibit from his extensive line of skilfull linkup moves almost turning a speculative punt into a goal scoring chance.
Tass responded as Fraser Burns looked to play in Conner Cunnigham but Ryan Gillies was alert to snuff out the danger.
Tass had started the second half with more intent and Joshua Lafferty was unlucky to draw a left foot shot wide from 25 yards.
Caleb Elliot and Kyle Campbell had a delicate interchange and Mitchell Duffy a shot that was charged down as Milngavie continued to display their attacking menace.
Tass, for their part, began to test their opponents more frequently and a deft back heel by Fraser Burns allowed Matthew Watterson to twist and turn inside a crowded box.
Then a dangerous ball swept in from the left found three Tass runners queuing up to score but the ball wouldn’t fall kindly.
If Tass were going to equalise it seemed Joshua Lafferty would have some say in things. After a looping freekick by Jack Frew almost cruelly caught out Ryan Gillies, Caleb Elliot stepped into midfield in an effort to disrupt the flow of the game towards the Milngavie goal.
This seemed to have the desired effect as the match took a scrappy turn. Mitchell Duffy for Milngavie turned in the centre circle and fed Rory McInnes who stumbled forward through one tackle but the front two in tandem were unable to bring under control his pass.
Again the pace picked up as Tass tried in vain not to surrender the three points. Milngavie looked to pounce on the break as Tass committed men forward. Mitchell Duffy revelled as gaps opened up for his pinpoint passing. Yet it was a sign of how better Tass had fared in the second period that a late Milngavie goalkeeping slice which eased pressure drew cheers of relief from the local fans.
Milngavie, then, with the first three points of the day.
Milngavie Wanderers Under 14's 1-0 Tass Thistle Under 14's