At times, Galston were unplayable. And others, Bellfield let them play. Certainly, those were the immortal words of a Bellfield coach, as he let rip into his side during the half time team talk, trying to spur his team on. He was right in a sense, at times Bellfield did stand back and let the blue and whites boss the match. They were living on thin ice if they decided to play like that for the second period. They needed to prove why the difference between the two sides were so close, as on this performance one could be surprised. Luckily, Bellfield did start to demonstrate their high skill level, and started the second half fighting.
Perhaps one could argue Boyd still had yet to make a save. But certainly for the first fifteen minutes of the half, they pressed a lot higher up the field - and the possession stats were much closer.
However, there was soon to be another dramatic twist in this exciting encounter. Murray played in Duncan, and with the strike bearing down on goal with a defender at his back, McClung came rushing out of his area to stop the striker. The ball ricocheted though, and McClung was left with a dilemma; he either had to handball outside the area and hope the referee (struggling to see) missed it, or he allowed Duncan to run through and tap the ball home. He took a gamble and went with the former. However, the referee spotted it very easily. There was a long delay, however, out came the red card the Galston parents screamed for. The Bellfield sideline were incensed, but probably more out of frustration of how the morning was panning out, rather than the actual decision. They were now forced to put an outfielder in goals for the last twenty minutes.
It went from bad to worse though; from the resulting free kick, Danny Ferguson's curled the ball off of the crossbar - and Duncan was on hand to tap the ball home.
That effectively killed the game. Bellfield were given no choice but to soak up pressure, and Galston applied a lot less, and took the game at a slower pace.
Chances had stopped coming as regularly now. Thirteen minutes later, it was actually Bellfield who created their first chance of the game - a ricochet fell at the feet of Sandy Irvine, his steered volley just going over the crossbar.
That sparked Galston to ramp it up again. Jardyn Sharpe must have thought his lob was in all the way, but it came down off the top of the crossbar with the keeper well beaten. He then did manage to find the net sixty seconds later, albeit from an offside position and the goal did not stand. He then had a curling effort diverted wide spectacularly. It just looked like it wouldn't be the left midfielder's day; but then he produced a piece of true magic. He received the ball in his own half, but played a defence splitting switch pass onto Duncan's feet. The striker was unselfish as he squared it to Kyle Gilmour who tapped home to add the gloss to the score line their overrall dominance deserved.
The pacey Cameron Ross then found himself in space ten yards out, but his drive could only find the side netting and he could not make it four.
Instead, the fourth goal of the game went to Bellfield. And what a cracker it was. Twenty five yards out, Brian Campbell stepped up. It was in a half decent position for a left footer, and he used took full advantage of it; his high, curling effort clipping the bar and bouncing in - leaving Boyd with no chance.
That was the last kick of the match though, and to Galston's relief, there was no lengthy time for Bellfield to mount a come back.
A deserved and comfortable win for the home side. Bellfield did not play to the standard I know they can, and it took them 79 minutes to make Boyd do anything - ironically this was to pick the ball out of his goal. However, when these sides rematch, I expect the all-oranges to be totally up for it this time round. In saying that, Galston can take pride from this performance - play like this weekly and they will climb the table and find themselves on another decent cup run.