Currie Spar Colts survived a late revival by Gullane to claim victory
Gullane started the game well, with much of the early play, but they were unable to create any clear-cut opportunities, only half-chances, and Colts slowly began to establish a foothold.
Ben Smyth managed to find a way through for them, getting some space and taking on a shot, but Ollie Aitken made a fantastic save diving to his left. This seemed to jolt the game into sudden life.
Angus Blacklock’s attempted through ball over the top was met by Rueben Flapan in the Colts goal, who tried to clear, but kicked the ball straight at Gullane striker, Harvey Gill. The ball cannoned off Gill, and could have gone anywhere, but looped up, just over the Colts goal. A very fortunate escape for Colts.
Gullane came again, but Cole Chapman-Liddell was caught just a fraction offside.
Just when it looked as though Gullane were in command, however, Colts struck. Patrick Milne picked possession on the Colts right wing. After beating two defenders, he floated a teasing ball in to the penalty area…all the way into the back of the net. We will never know whether or not he meant it, but it caught Aitkenoff guard, and he couldn’t scramble back in time to claw it out, though not for want of trying. Out of nothing, Colts had the lead.
Gullane looked to respond straight away, with Gill taking on an ambitious effort from the top of the box, but it whistled over the bar.
Then, Cole Chapman-Liddell found Gill with a lofted through ball, who was in, but scuffed his effortat goal, and Flapan saved easily.
Up at the other end, Jamie Steven Alexander and Oliver Hean tried to combine for Colts, but the latter’s shot was blocked.
Then, Smyth had another go, this time from some distance with his left foot, but he couldn’t quite curl it back in enough and it went just wide of the far post.
After Gullane failed to fully deal with a corner, the ball came back to Santosh Rowe on the edge of the penalty area, who got a good connection on his shot, but it flew past the same post that Smyth’s had just moments earlier.
Then, Rowe was once again involved, as Hean tried to play him through, but the linesman’s flag went up for offside.
Shortly after, Smyth muscled his way through again, but mis-kicked at the crucial moment.
Ruthven Dunn was next to try his luck, from over 30 yards, but blazed the ball over the bar.
Daniel King had a run at the Gullane defence, weaving in and out, beating two defenders, and having a shot from just inside the area, which was again wide.
Rowe was more accurate with his next chance, this time forcing a good save out of Aitken after getting himself into a good position again. Finally, the pressure told.
After winning yet another corner, Rowe’s delivery was pinpoint accurate this time to Milne, who tucked home with an instinctive finish at the near post. After creating little for the opening portion of the game, Colts had turned the screw with a flurry of opportunities and now had a two-goal advantage.
But Gullane were almost back in it immediately. A mix-up between goalkeeper and defender meant that Callum Queen was able to latch onto the end of a Gill cross, prodding the ball away from Aitken, and all of a sudden, finding himself with an empty net to stare, but the angle was too tight and his shot rattled back off the near post.
Now, Colts looked to take a big step towards wrapping the game up through Rowe, who had, again, found space, but his left foot shot was dragged agonisingly wide of the far post.
Then, Milne caused even more problems off the right wing, beating two defenders and laying off to Dunn, whose shot from distance was again over the bar. Gill got through again for Gullane, and got a a good shot away, but Flapan pulled off another good save to deny him.
Smyth found space again for Colts,letting fly from 15 yards, but he failed to trouble Aitken, who happily watched it sail past his post.
There was enough time for Rowe to have one more shot, which was close once more, but just over, before the half-time whistle blew.