This was an emphatic win for Galston over last year’s CYP Federation Cupwinners Lenzie at Kilwinning Sports Club, a game the Ayrshire club had a grip on from the start.
Galston never looked back from starting the game at a high tempo. The Lenzie side were immediately on the back foot, just escaping after a goalmouth scramble after two minutes. A minute later, Daniel Robertson nodded them in front after good work by Callum Laird and Greg Hampshire.
Lenzie tried to push up front through Lewis Swift and Callum O'Brien, but with their defence kept deep they were leaving too much space for Galston to play in and dictate the early play.
After good pressure on Lenzie keeper Cameron Gordon, they scored a second goal on 18 minutes. Gordon’s rushed clearance found Cameron Craig down the right side of the box, beginning a sweeping passing move with Hampshire whose cutback gave Laird the easiest of tap-ins. It was all one way traffic with Galston driving fast.
Soon after, Laird almost extended his side’s lead with a shot from the left on 29 minutes, before Hampshire tripped over his shot on 35 minutes when he seemed set to pull the trigger.
Lenzie did get on the ball more towards the end of the half, making a game of it, with Swift finding Sam McGroule free in the box, and forcing a fine save from Joe Aiwansoba in the Galston goal. Having braved the early onslaught they went into the break just alive at just two goals down.