The second half was no doubt a great period of football to have watched. It started off with Mill restarting the game, but losing the ball to the opposition. The midfielder ran down the right wing, and a perfect delivery found Ross Bryden. He volleyed it from chest height and the ball couldn't have been closer to the goal without going in. He knew it was a chance that had to have been taken, but unfortunately for EK, it hadn't.
10 minutes on, and EK were back on the break. Chris Philbin ran down the wing, cut inside the box and hut a shot which took everyone by surprise, including the Mill keeper however he did get a hand to it, but it wasn't enough as Philbin was there to convert the rebound and make it 1-1.
East Kilbride continued to push on after their goal, and almost made it 2-1 straight after the restart, with a pass from James Murphy not finding it's target and it was sent up the other end of the park. Darren Sneddon took the ball down brilliantly, and set up Reid to have a shot, but his volley was wide and didn't trouble Calder.
The Hamilton team were on the break again, and a stinging shot from Reid tested the EK goalkeeper but he was equal to it with a fine save to his left. The resulting corner was played in, the connection was made at the back post with a Mill player, and his header was going in if it wasn't for an outstanding save from Calder, who didn't know much about it with how fast the ball was going. The whistle had went for a free-kick for EK just after.
At this point, the free-kick was about to be taken but the whistle was blown and the goal nets had fallen out of place in the EKFC goal. The nets were placed back on after about 7 minutes, and everyone found it a bit humorous, including the ref.
When play resumed, Mill were on the attack from the off, and a good run by John Morrice into the box resulted in Mill getting a penalty. Kieran Connachan stepped up and couldn't have done a better job, into the bottom left corner way out of the goalies reach. The Mill coaches were ecstatic, with there being about 8 minutes left, not many people could see coming what happened next.
East Kilbride took the kick-off, and went straight into the Mill half. After 4 passes, Gillespie found himself one on one and knew he had to score. Well what a thumping strike he gave it, and the ball was in the back of the net. 40 seconds ago it was 1-1, now it was 2-2.
The game still had lots to come, despite it being in the last 4 minutes. EK's David Mcbride had a chance but he was off balance and it went by the post. The goal kick was taken, and the ball was passed to David Reid. Hit it better he could not have done. From roughly 25 yards out, he curled it right into the top corner, leaving the keeper with not much chance. The Hamilton side celebrated as if they had won the Scottish Cup, the Mill coaches and fans went crazy. It was a great goal, but in amongst all this Ryan McLaughlin and Nathan Wharton had an off-ball incident which I personally didn't see. It resulted in the Mill goalkeeper being shown a red card, and the EK man getting a yellow. One of the Mill defenders went in goals for the last minute.
When everyone thought the game couldn't get any more dramatic, David McBride was sent off for a very bad tackle on a Mill midfielder, and both teams would finish the game with 10 men.
This was easily the most enjoyable game I have watched in a while, and although EK got knocked out, someone had to and they played well. Mill however will fancy their chances of winning the trophy, and if they play like that I can't see why the can't.