Arthurlie got the second half underway. Both side start the second half well and both found them self with chances at goal from free kicks. Arthurlie were the first to have their chance on goal as Jack Duffy’s free kick found the head of Mark Swan but the Thistles goalkeeper saved headed effort. Thistle then had a chance from a free kick of their own when Ciaran Duncan’s free kick forced the goalkeeper into a punch save before the defence cleared.
At the hour mark the game had evened itself out as both sides’ defences were key as they time after time cut out attacks and stop each other from causing trouble for the goalkeepers.
Both side looked for the goal that would allow the one hand on the trophy as the second half moved into the last 20 minutes. Both side increased there attacking effort, Thistle’s Gary Reid found himself in on goal and had the chance to give his side the lead but it would be the Arthurlie goalkeeper that would come out on top as he rushed out to gather the ball. Seconds later the ball was up the other end as Matthew McGuiness had an effort for Arthurlie which was tipped by the Thistle’s goalkeeper just wide.
Juniors captain Kyle Harte then had a long range effort saved before a Thistle free kick found the head of Jamie Sidbotham who head the ball wide of the post. Sidbotham then found himself with another headed effort but this one went way over the bar. Thistle found them self with a period of pressure as another head effort came when Ciaran Duncan’s ball into the box found Jamie Sidbotham who headed the ball inches wide of the post.
Arthurlie had the next effort of the game when Ross Gordon put in a low cross witch found the sliding Mark Swan who steered the ball just wide.
Play was then stopped due to injury as the two sides number 17 clashed and both players were down. It was Arthurlie’s Josh Opray who won the battle of the number 17 but was also showing a yellow card as the referee decided that he had fouled Jamie Sidbotham.
With only minutes left the first and only goal of the game was score and it was Thistle who scored it. A long ball in from Ciaran Duncan bounced in front and then over Arthurlie’s goalkeeper and was heading goalwards, but it was Gary Reid who smashed the ball into the net just to make sure that the trophy was going home with Thistle.
Arthurlie tried hard to get a goal back and it wasn’t to be and Glentyan Thistle were crowned Divisional Cup champions.