EKFC Gold started as they intended to go on at Norwood Playing Fields and came straight out of the blocks early on. A few early efforts from target man Daniel Hashim did little to trouble Giffnock goalkeeper Luke Paul, however it didn't take long before the scoring was opened for the afternoon.
On the 17th minute, central midfielder Alexander MacDonald burst into the box after a great run through the middle. It looked as if the chance had gone when the defence regained possession, however a mix up which saw the ball lift off the ground presented MacDonald with a chance, which he brilliantly floated off the bar and over the line when it was spilled by the goalkeeper.
Giffnock tried to respond immediately with shots from Cuthbertson and O'Hagan not enough to properly threaten the goalkeeper who saved easily. However, it was to be EKFC who would double their lead when in the 23rd minute, Jack McKenna floated a ball in to Lee Bowers who struck home fantastically on a first time volley into the roof of the net.
More chances fell for East Kilbride who looked to put the game out of sight before half time, including another effort from Bowers from just outside the box that was well saved by the goalkeeper.
On the 43rd minute an important moment in the match came. Giffnock's John O'Hagan strayed offside however wasn't active which confused EK defender Grant Dryburgh. Giffnock's Max Gillies was alert to the situation and duly swept past Dryburgh into the box where he was 1v1 with the keeper, before Dryburgh bundled him down leading to a Giffnock penalty. Gillies stepped up to take it however his shot was saved by EK's Euan Aitken, but the ball fell right back into the path of Gillies who diverted the rebound.
The referee had to intervene when handbags ensued between Aitken and Gillies, when Aitken regathered the ball to waste time, however the referee kept his cards in his pocket.
Just before half time Giffnock could have equalised after a great run by Aiden Lyons, however a poor ball into the area ensured it was 2-1 to EK when the half time whistle blew.