Antonine came from a goal behind to reach the semi final of the West Region Cup with a 3-1 win over Johnstone Burgh on Sunday.
Goals from Ruairidh Clark, Sam Gallagher and Daryl McMillan cancelled out Siriki Dembele’s earlier strike as Antonine, unbeaten in the league so far this season, progressed to the next round.
Burgh keeper Dillan Alexander had to be alert from the off when, with just forty seconds played, Daryl McMillan skipped past a challenge on the left channel before floating the ball into David Seagrave who got his shot away. Alexander produced a wonder save to expertly tip the ball round the post in what was a lively start to a hotly contested tie.
Despite the promising start, it was the visitors who took the lead inside four minutes. Fantastic movement from Dembele saw him latch on to a wonderful through ball, cooly slotting the ball under Antonine goalkeeper Scott Wright to give Burgh the early advantage.
Less than two minutes later, Antonine should’ve been level. A corner on the left was whipped in and, unmarked at the back post, Calum Campbell’s towering header cannoned off the post in what was a gilt edged chance.
Seven minutes before half time, Antonine got their equaliser. After a good passage of play was abruptly ended with Seagrave being upended, Ruairidh Clark stepped up to curl the resulting kick up and over the four man wall, with the ball flying into the top hand corner.
Shortly before the half time whistle, Burgh’s Michael Mulcahy and Antonine’s Sam Gallagher were first into the referee’s book, receiving cautions for an off the ball clash.