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Blantyre prove too much for Milton to win hard fought LFDA Cup Final

Blantyre SAC Black 3

Mallin 1, Aird 42, Blues 70

Milton Rovers 1

Mcintyre 6

Blantyre SAC Black secured the win against Milton Rovers to lift the LFDA Cup at the John Cummings Stadium.

Blantyre SAC Black defeated Cleland 6-2 to reach the final, whilst Milton Rovers narrowly beat Holytown 3-2 at the semi-final stage.

To say Blantyre started quickly was an understatement. Rhys Mallin found himself free down the right hand side almost immediately from the kick off and his powerful shot was too much for the Milton goalkeeper, giving his team the lead after only 11 seconds, which was surely one of, if not the fastest, LFDA Cup final goal ever. 

Milton Rovers responded really well to the goal however and they deservedly equalised after 6 minutes through a great finish from Connor McIntyre that gave the goalkeeper no chance. 

McIntyre almost grabbed his second after good work from Ciaran McKenna but his effort was well saved by the Blantyre keeper. 

After 15 minutes the game had settled and was pretty level, as Blantyre were having more possession but Milton were creating the better chances. 

The team in black started to put pressure on their opponents defence, winning three corners in a row but the Milton Rovers defence held firm. 

After the blistering start from both teams, the game had few other clear cut chances for the remainder of the first half, as perhaps the magnitude of the game started to play in the minds of both players.

Although there was some good play and passing from both teams in the first half, the final just wasn't quite there.

Kieran Aird gave Blantyre the lead at the beginning of the second half, with a stunning strike from almost 30 yards out that looped over the despairing dive of the Milton goalkeeper, to send his team-mates and fans wild.

Again the response from Milton was positive but this time they couldn’t quite grab an immediate equaliser. Robert McAlonan's fierce shot from just outside the box stung the palms of the Blantyre keeper.

Milton had another good chance after 55 minutes but Kyle McAdam's free kick was saved well and there nobody there to put in the rebound.

With only15 minutes to go Milton were still pushing to find that second equaliser but they couldn’t find a way past the stubborn Blantyre defence, who looked dangerous on the counter attack.

The ball dropped to Ben Cochrane about 15 yards from goal after a scramble in the Blantyre defence and his strike looked destined to be heading into the bottom corner but it was unfortunately blocked by his own man and went to safety. 

Blantyre's overall dominance paid off as Alexander Blues all but sealed the LDFA cup for Blantyre, as he was brilliantly played through on goal and he kept his composure to finish smartly past the Milton goalkeeper with only 10 minutes left. 

The team in black impressively saw the rest of the game out, and the referee blew the final whistle to spark wild celebrations from the Blantyre team, as they lifted the LFDA Cup.

Lineups

Blantyre SAC Black
Milton Rovers
1. Kieran Aird
2. Thomas Brogan
4. Ciaran Maguire
5. Marley Bain
6. Craig Campbell
7. Nathan McInulty
8. Hayden Inglis
10. Daryl Bowie
11. Colm Devanney
12. James McDermott
14. Rhys Mallin
15. Alexander Blues
16. Cahal Whelan
17. Euan Simm
19. Aaron Mckechnie
1. Calum Barr
2. Corrie Thomson
3. Dylan Corbett
4. Alex Eaglesham
5. Marc Ferguson
6. James Lammie
7. Aaron Langa
8. Thomas McLaughlin
9. Alan Hunter
10. Ben Cochrane
12. Robert McAlonan
14. Connal Naughton
15. Daniel Nelson
16. Thomas Smith
17. Zak Taylor
18. Kyle McAdam
19. Ciaran McKenna
20. Connor McIntyre
Star Player
Blantyre SAC Black
Milton Rovers
The star player for Blantyre was Kieran Aird, who was fantastic leading the line for his team all afternoon. He bullied the Milton defence with his strength, and showed a good quality first touch and passing ability. And of course he won't forget his stunning goal in a hurry.
The star player for Milton Rovers was Connor McIntyre, who dragged his team back into the final in the first half, and was unlucky not to score another goal or two. His finish was excellent to equalise for his team.
Magic Moment
Blantyre SAC Black
Milton Rovers
The magic moment for Blantyre was Rhys Mallin's goal after only 11 seconds, yes 11, of the final. The game had barely begun when his powerful shot finished in the back of the net for the perfect start for his team.
The magic moment for Milton Rovers was McIntyre's excellent equalising goal, which gave his side hope of perhaps going on to turn the game around but sadly it wasn't to be.

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