Knightswood BC 1
Milngavie Wanderers 5
Friendly – Donald Dewar Centre, Drumchapel
Milngavie Wanderers continued their rebuilding process with a commanding victory over their local rivals to make it three derby wins out of three for the Glasgow champions this season.
In wet and blustery conditions, two players made their Milngavie debuts as their former goalkeeper Sean Soave (now at Knightswood) deputised for the absent Jason McCartney. Two goals from debutant Connor Nelson and one each from Aran McDonald, Alberto Vezza and Scott Clark secured the win for Milngavie.
Milngavie took the game to their hosts right from the off and had their first sight of goal after only two minutes.
After just four minutes Aidan Young sent a superb ball to Ben Jenkins at the back post, but the volley was held by the keeper.
But a minute later Knightswood’s former Milngavie full back Ryan Bannon - under pressure from Jenkins, played a slack pass back towards his keeper which was cut out by Aran McDonald who made no mistake as he poked the ball into the far corner of the net.
McDonald then turned provider a minute later, sliding a ball through to Vezza whose right foot shot was held but he was to have more luck in front of goal on 12 minutes.
Ben Jenkins’ effort was blocked but only as far as Vezza on the edge of the box who took a touch to bring it down before swivelling and drilling a fine half volley into the bottom corner.
With 19 minutes played Knightswood grabbed themselves a lifeline against the run of play, taking advantage of a slip by Scott Clark in defence to advance, and their number seven sent a fine chip over the head of Sean Soave from outside the box.
McDonald then won a free kick 20 yards from goal five minutes later, and Clark made amends in spectacular fashion as he arrowed an incredible shot through the wall and straight into the top corner to restore his side’s two goal lead.
After the turnaround Connor Nelson was looking dangerous in his first game for Milngavie, linking up well with Vezza up front and it was this combination which nearly saw him opening his account just a minute after the restart: a one-two with his strike partner saw him put through on goal but his effort went wide of the post.
The killer fourth goal finally arrived in the 54 minutes. Aran McDonald, who had just been re-introduced to the fray, cut the ball back to Nelson whose side footed effort slipped through the keeper’s grasp as the former Busby striker marked his debut in style.
That same combination worked to great effect again on 62 minutes: McDonald went on a great run towards the Knightswood penalty area before squaring it for Nelson who cut inside and launched a great, left-footed effort over the keeper and into the top corner to finish the scoring.
Milngavie: Sean Soave, Rory McInnes, Robbie Donaldson, Scott Clark (23), Ross Elliot, Aran McDonald (5), Jack Carson, Aidan Young, Ben Jenkins, Alberto Vezza (12), James Macmillan, Connor Nelson (54, 62), Grant McGhee, Kyle Campbell, Louie Robertson, Kyle Campbell