Seventh heaven for Irish Champions with win over Milngavie Wanderers

Milngavie Wanderers v Glentoran
Milngavie Wanderers v Glentoran

Milngavie Wanderers put up a good battle against U16 Irish Champions Glentoran but were beaten 7-2 on Sunday in this friendly match.

Glentoran are currently on tour from Belfast and played the hosts on Sunday in a junior match of three, 30 minute periods.

Having already beaten Partick Thistle pro-youth as well as the Scotland national team, the U16 Irish champions provided a stern test for the Glasgow champions.

Milngavie took the lead in slightly fortuitous circumstances: a pass back towards the goalkeeper looked like a bread and butter clearance, but under pressure from Ben Jenkins, the number one allowed the ball to roll under his foot and into the net for a bizarre own goal.

The visitors levelled on 18 minutes when their striker collected a fine ball forward before rounding McCartney and slotting home.

The Wanderers’ goalie then pulled off a fine save but Glentoran went ahead after 28 minutes following a clinical shot by the visitors’ striker to finish the first 30 minutes.

The second period started badly for Milngavie. Another defensive slip led to another goal as McCartney was rounded and the striker tapped into an empty net. Aran McDonald responded fvie minutes later slamming a superb free kick past the goalkeeper from the edge of the box.

McDonald then sent a long-range effort just over the bar before a second free kick from him went high and wide. Despite these chances though it was Glentoran who finished the scoring in the second period as they went into the break 4-2 ahead.

Into the final period and Milngavie never stopped pushing for another goal. Ten minutes in Macmillan could have scored, but he was closed down by the Glentoran defence.

More opportunities followed but Milngavie were thwarted in their efforts in front of goal.

The match didn’t end well for the Wanderers though as the superior fitness of their opponents began to show and they managed three more goals to make the score far more emphatic than the balance of play