Broomhill BC 2
Milngavie Wanderers 99s 4
West regional under 14 cup
WANDERERS went on their travels again for this fixture, to Greenock in defence of their title as West champs.
Below-freezing temperatures overnight meant that the surface bordered on the unplayable but both teams were happy to get the fixture under way.
After last week’s performance the coaches were expecting more of the same but the cold played its part and a sluggish performance in the first 10 minutes had the hosts looking the hungrier team.
Broomhill were playing the route one option, but never threatened the Milngavie goal.
Wanderers had now found their feet and were beginning to control the game.
Jack Carson led by example to thread the ball through to Adam Greenlees who took a touch before lashing the ball beyond the Hill keeper for 1-0.
Broomhill`s chances were restricted to some long range free kicks and a couple of corners, but Wanderers were glad to go in at half time with the lead.
No hair dryer treatment was required as the players knew that a better performance was needed in the second half and right from the off they pressed the game towards the home goal.
After a brilliant passage of play that saw the ball switching from right to left to free Ben Jenkins who had been on the park for less than five minutes before he had a brilliant shot saved by the goalie.
The team from Greenock became a bit too physical for the ref’s liking and a more than strong challenge on Dillon Monaghan resulted in a free kick on the left hand side of the box.
Monaghan dusted himself down and delivered a perfect strike that the keeper couldn’t get near for 2-0.
Wanderers were awarded another free kick just inside the box after the keeper handled a pass back, and he had no chance handling Jenkins’ shot after it took a wicked deflection into the net to make it 3-0.
Milngavie were on a roll now and Carson put in a great challenge to win the ball in midfield before touching the ball to Dan Cairney. His pass gave Louis fisher time to look up and find William Fleming in the box where he jinked past his marker before finishing the move off to put the game out of the reach of their hosts.
Broomhill had their first chance from a corner that was met by the head of one of their bigger than average 14 year olds that had Jamie Forrester scrambling across his goal to produce a great save.
Hesitant defending at the resultant corner allowed the home team in to make the score 4-1 with minutes to go.
Right on the full time the Greenock men got another to make the final score 4-2 to the visiting cup holders.
Milngavie will need to be on their toes next week when they host Sygenta (Grangemouth) in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup.