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Cumbernauld Colts
Milngavie Wanderers
U15's Friendly Match
Broadwood Stadium
05 January 2014
Milngavie Wanderers got 2014 off to a great start with a hard-fought 2-0 victory against Cumbernauld Colts. Despite a sluggish start, they came into the game and took full advantage of the huge park at Colts' wonderful Broadwood facility. Two goals from captain Jack Carson both set up by Aran McDonald were enough to see off their Cumbernauld & Kilsyth League opponents.
Playing 3x 30 minute periods, the game got off to a slow start, understandable given that both teams had just returned from the festive break. Colts looked the sharper though in the first period but failed to test Ross Fisher in the away goal. It took ten minutes for Milngavie to fashion their first half chance when Alberto Vezza played a great through ball into the path of Joe Slee in the box but the big home keeper was quick to react and reached the ball first to clear the danger.
Vezza was involved in most of the play during the first period at both ends of the park. On 20 minutes he cleared a Colts goal bound effort off the line with his head before firing a great shot inches over the bar from outside the area at the other end.
End of first period: Cumbernauld Colts 0-0 Milngavie Wanderers
Wanderers were getting closer to breaking the deadlock with Rory McInnes firing wide from just inside the box ten minutes after the restart before the opening goal came on 42 minutes. Another fine corner kick from Kalvin Warren was deflected into the path of Jack Carson by Aran McDonald and the skipper made no mistake as he swivelled to hook the ball high into the net.
The rest of the third petered out with Kalvin Warren's effort from the edge of the D being the only chance of note before the whistle went again.
End of second period: Cumbernauld Colts 0-1 Milngavie Wanderers 
The Glasgow champions were chasing that killer second goal and it looked like it had arrived on 72 minutes when good work from Kyle Campbell culminated in him laying the ball off to Vezza twenty yards from goal – his wonderful curling effort was destined for the bottom corner but for a superb piece of goalkeeping by the home stopper to tip it by the post at full stretch.
There was nothing he could do a minute later though when Carson doubled both his and his team's tally as McDonald laid him off again to rifle the ball home first time from the edge of the box for his sixth goal of the season.
The goal fired up Wanderers in pursuit of more while effectively killing off the challenge of Colts. If not for the home keeper, Wanderers could have scored three in the three minutes that followed Carson's goal. First, Warren played a delightful, dinked through ball to Vezza who took a touch inside the box before drilling the ball towards goal but it was smothered by the keeper who was then quick to close down McDonald when he was put through on goal by Joe Slee. Kyle Campbell then had a shot saved as Colts hung on.
Vezza then saw another effort held and Kyle Campbell's shot from Slee's cutback was blocked as Milngavie saw the game out comfortably to get a big year off to the perfect start.
Full Time: Cumbernauld Colts 0-2 Milngavie Wanderers
Ross Fisher, Rory McInnes, Jack Carson (c) (42', 73'), James Logan, Kalvin Warren, Scott Hutton, Aidan Young, Alberto Vezza, Joe Slee, Ben Jenkins, James Macmillan
Aran McDonald, Josh Shovlin, Kyle Campbell, Nathan Carmichael
MOTM: Jack Carson
The Wanderers are still in the hunt for five trophies in the second half of the season: they sit 9 points clear at the top of the Glasgow and District League for which the League Cup will also be available; the second round of the West Regional Cup is at the end of this month against Celtic BC while there is also the small matter of the Blackpool Cup in April and the club's own Scottish Youth Champions League event in June.
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