A double from Rhiannon McLeod helped Cumbernauld Colts comeback to send the Colts into the semi final in a very good performance against Pollok United. Pollok's game plan from the start was to soak up the pressure and try to hit them on the counter attack and to some extent it worked but Cumbernauld Colts had too much quality in the end.
You could see from the outset that Colts were right up for this. They were hunting for the ball in packs, pressing high up the pitch to receive the ball and they were giving Pollok very little time on the ball.
The first chance did come from the Colts when Leona Jaap went on a mazy run down the right-hand side but it was well defended. Again, the defence couldn’t handle the pace of Jaap as she ran through the two centre halves again but the keeper saved well from the shot.
The first proper clear cut chance came against the run of play as it went to Pollok. A poor back pass from Teoni Kemmett put Kim McCole through on goal but the keeper was quick off her line to save the shot.
McLeod had her first chance of the game when she hit a long shot and that was spilled by the keeper but she recovered well. The resulting corner came to nothing.
Soon afterwards there was a defensive calamity for Pollok as the ball fell to the feet of Lauren Smith who unluckily hit the post. Another great chance for Colts went begging. And they would live to regret that as Pollok took the lead through McCole after a perfectly timed through ball from Keri-Rose McCracken sent McCole through to chip the ball into the top right and corner to give Pollok the lead against the run of play.
But Colts replied almost straight away through McLeod after a corner was whipped in with pace and it led to a pinball in the box and the ball falling to McLeod in the box and she hit it into the bottom corner on the stroke of half time to put the teams in level.