Despite the sun shining over a beautiful day in north Motherwell, the Lanarkshire Football Development Association League Cup Final between Drumsagard and Bellshill AFC was held inside the fantastic facilities of Ravenscraig.
Both teams seemed focused on the game during their warmups and as they walked out to the roar of the crowd there to watch, you could tell this was going to be a well contested match.
It was clear in the first ten minutes that Drumsagard had the composure over their opponents though, they held on to the ball well and captain Kyle Gillespie linked up well with Blair Shillada and Taylor Murray on either wing.
They used their pace and skill to often beat their respective full backs and whip balls into the box but striker Craig Queen lacked the height and heading accuracy to make anything of the chances.
Defender, Jack Fagan of Bellshill did a good job of taking Queen out of the match for large spells of the game.
The first real chance of the match fell to Blair Shillada after linking up with Taylor Murray on the right wing which sent him through on goal with a tight angle but a poor heavy touch allowed keeper Josh Wilson to collect the ball with ease.
Soon after, Bellshill managed to get into the game a bit more with their long balls making it awkward for Drumsagard defenders Lewis Wark and Alexander Ballantyne at times but the pair stood strong and despite some scary moments seemed fairly confident at the back together.
Kyle Ross of Drumsagard was given a golden opportunity to take the lead twenty minutes in when a long free kick from their own half was lofted into the box and as the Bellshill players held their high line, Ross was left all alone twelve yards out from goal with the ball soaring right to his feet but his volley hammered off the crossbar and the rebound was hit high and wide.
Drumsagard continued to send messages to Bellshill of what was to come.
Drumsagard hadn’t put together many clear-cut chances thus far in the game and many of their shots had been from range and even though many of them were destined for the top corner, Wilson in goal for Bellshill had been equal to every one of them.
The first goal for Drumsagard came just on the half hour mark when Shillada once again showed good pace and determination to charge down and block a Bellshill clearance following a throw in on the mangers’ far side which caused the ball to bobble into the box.
Josh Wilson hesitated whether to rush out or not, Shillada poked the ball over the beaten keeper and made it 1-0 to Drumsagard although the goal had been coming for a while following Drumsagard’s continued domination of possession and calmness on the ball.