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Milngavie power past Airdrie to League Cup glory

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Milngavie Wanderers
Airdrie United BC
Under-15 GADYFL League Cup
03 June 2014
Milngavie Wanderers retained their League Cup crown with a hard fought 2-1 win against Airdrie. It was their third consecutive success in the competition and along with their three league titles, means they have now won all six GADYFL trophies available to them in the three years since beginning eleven a sides. They are also the first team in the league's history to do the double three years on the trot.
Airdrie came into the game knowing that a point would be enough to secure the cup with Milngavie needing to but it was the visitor's who started with the most attacking vigour and almost went ahead only eleven minutes in when Jordan McAlleese found himself through on goal but Daniel Hall stood his ground well and was able to make the save.
Milngavie were struggling to get into their usual rhythm but they were spurred into action shortly before the break when Airdrie went down to ten men after a stamp on Scott Clark. The holders made their man advantage count and looked certain to take the lead a minute before half time when James Macmillan played in Clark but his lob over the keeper was somehow cleared off the line by the defender.
Half Time: Milngavie Wanderers 0-0 Airdrie United BC
The second half started with Milngavie in the ascendancy but they were still finding clear cut chances hard to come by although that changed on 48 minutes: substitute Grant McGhee's attempted cross from the right veered goal-ward, leaving Airdrie keeper Tony Sharky clutching at fresh air as it cannoned off the bar. From there it fell to Aran McDonald whose shot was diverted into the net by James Macmillan, sparking jubilation from the Milngavie players and supporters.
It was still early doors though and the players were aware that Airdrie still only needed one goal to snatch the trophy so a second was essential to provide some breathing space. Ross Elliot tried his luck on the hour mark having forayed forward from left back but he delayed his shot and it was an easy save for Sharky although the lead was eventually doubled five minutes later.
Scott Clark played in Sunday's four goal hero Connor Nelson and when his left footed shot was blocked it fell invitingly into the path of Aran McDonald who made absolutely no mistakes as he thumped the ball home into the empty net.
Milngavie had one hand on the trophy but they were assured of a nervy finish as Airdrie pulled a goal back in the final minute of regulation time. Things almost got worse a minute into stoppage time when their striker found himself with only Hall to beat but the big, former Busby keeper got down well to palm the effort away and prevent what would have certainly been a cup winning goal.
They survived the last couple of minutes and when the full time whistle went, the relief and joy on the faces of all involved with Milngavie was palpable. This team that had been almost entirely rebuilt over the last couple of months had continued its fine run of success and thoroughly enjoyed doing so with every player, be they a servant of 4 years or 4 weeks, playing their part and being proud to do so.
Full Time: Milngavie Wanderers 2-1 Airdrie United BC
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