The West and Central region's under 16's sides locked horns in what can only be described as an action packed six goal thriller. This inter region cup match had everything a rivalry match needed goal, a man of the match hat trick,some crunching tackles and all under the floodlights at the Sir Alex Ferguson park in Braehead.
The opening stages of the game was spent with both teams trying to get in to their style of play which was exciting to watch as every player was striving for perfection mistakes were bound to be made with such high tension. Clear cut chances were few and far between though at the start of the match and Central looked more likely to break the deadlock if anyone with some long balls from the back testing West's defence and giving speedy striker Gavin Miller something to chase.
Some good West defending kept out the Central attack for a good while but the long ball seemed to be getting the better of the defenders in blue and this was how the first goal of the game would be decided, a perfectly weighted long ball from the back was taken down with ease by Paul Archibald who then went of to slot in the the bottom right hand corner leaving the keeper no chance.
Their defending of Central's main threat the long ball wasn't getting better as the game when on and again this cost West and again it was Archibald who produced the end product this time the winger showing magnificent pace to burst away from his marker and great composure to fire home and double his sides lead.
Danny Williamson fired in his effort from the edge of the box to pull a goal back for the West region just before half time, a lot of improvement needed in the second half if they wanted to win this game though as playing nice attractive football is a great thing but some composure in the final third was certainly needed.