As the second half began in tropical weather conditions, the football seemed to lighten up a bit as well. Cavalry were still trying to play football, but Currie's dogged attitude and to not give anything up was paying dividends for them and they never backed out of a challenge, got stuck in and they definitely had a shout of getting something from the game. Harry Davies was the outstanding player for Cavalry, but he lacked support at times as Cavalry just never seemed to get their heads up after conceding the equaliser before half time.
Cavalry captain Renwick seemed to want to play every position on the park. His storming runs from centre half were the main threat Cavalry posed in the second half, and his latest almost put them back into the lead. Running down the left wing, playing a one-two with Lindsay, his first time cross to the back post was met by Lamb on the half volley, but his effort was smashed into the side netting.
As the clouds started to form and the sky getting dull, a dull game was brought back into life unfortunately with a mistake. Sitting midfielder for Cavalry Alexander Simpson was on the edge of his own penalty area, when he attempted a cross-field pass to James Ahari at left back. His pass was short and cut out by the on-form Dixon, who made no mistake of putting the ball low and hard across Whitelaw who was powerless to prevent the ball from hitting the back of the net. Currie players celebrated as though they had won the World Cup, and also much to the delight of their coaches and supporters. They had taken the lead for the first time in the match.
From the minute they took the lead to the final whistle, Currie made no clear intentions to go forward and score anymore goals. Taking off goalscoring hero Kyle Dixon, and bringing on another defender to solid things up at the back. Taking nothing away from Currie, I would imagine the vast majority of lower division sides would do this against a team from a higher division.
My view towards the rest of this game was that Cavalry had thrown the towel in and had given up hope of getting an equaliser. There was still plenty time on the clock left for them to do so. Renwick once again proved he could run with the ball from centre half, and this time won his side a corner. Lamb swung the corner into the box, Renwick met the ball with his head, got plenty on the header but firm hands from Thomson prevented the ball from going in. Great stop from the Currie goalkeeper.
The pressure mounted and mounted on Currie. The Cavalry coach sending Renwick up top to bolster their attack and add more height. It was just unfortunate for Cavalry that they had a bad day themselves, but found Currie on a good day. McGovern worked his socks off upfront all day for Currie, acting as the target man, holding the ball up and generally bossed the Cavalry defenders about.
Cavalry bombarded the Currie box with shots and crosses in the final 10 minutes, but just couldn't find a way past Thomson in the Currie goal. He was in fine form without being stretched too much. Ross Lamb had the golden opportunity to take the game to Extra Time. Driving right to the byline, and with 4 of his team mates waiting to tap the ball in inside the 6 yard box, he opted to shoot from the most acute angle possible, and hit the side netting.
Referee Billy Connor blew his whistle to signal the end of the game, much to the delight of the Currie Star players and coaches, but to the despair of Cavalry Park. Currie had produced a major cup upset here.