Blantyre began the match as big favourites, having already won the league cup only a few weeks ago and winning 15 out of 15 games in the league this season. Mossend had lost the previous encounter to Blantyre in the league 4-0 and sit 6th in the league.
Blantyre started the match against Mossend by kicking from right to left, but Mossend started the brightest in the initial stages but only had a poor cross into the box to show for it.
Shay Livingston looked sharp for Blantyre and some initial good work by him won successive corners but nothing came of them.
Despite all the pressure in the opening stages coming from Blantyre, the first big chance was to fall to Mossend after 5 minutes.
Lee Dixon was played through and had a great chance to open the scoring against the run of play but a wonderful tackle from captain Jay Swan prevented him from hitting the target.
Aaron Henderson was to have Blantyre's first chance after 6 minutes but the Mossend keeper Gary Joe McMullan made himself big and pulled off the first of a string of saves to keep his side in the game.
From the resulting corner Blantyre thought they had scored but the linesman correctly flagged for offside after a mistake from the keeper.
Mossend again had a wonderful opportunity after 11 minutes with Lee Dixon attempting to get there in front of the Blantyre goalkeeper, David Malarky, but couldn’t quite get there.
Blantyre started to dominate possession as the game settled down and the best chance of the match was to fall to them after 17 minutes. Excellent play from Jack Murphy resulting in him crossing for Bradley Craig however he blazed over when it seemed easier to score.
Blantyre eventually got a deserved goal to open the scoring 22 minutes in, the ball was flicked on from Henderson, Craig this time squared it to Livingston and he couldn’t miss from only six yards out.
Blantyre began to take control of the final and only a few minutes later should have been two up if it wasn’t for a top save from the Mossend keeper following a good strike from Jack Murphy.
It was one way traffic for most of the first, as Blantyre were getting down Mossends left side a lot and were causing them a lot of problems.
30 minutes in, Craig sent Henderson clean through but he blazed his chance over bar, with Mossend hanging on.
McMullan made a fine double save only moments later to prevent Blantyre going clear and if they were 3 or 4 up, nobody could have argued.
However, Mossend somehow managed to find a hugely unlikely equaliser, thanks to some fantastic work from Brendan Markey on the right hand side, he cut it back for striker Liam Watson who poked it home to spark big celebrations in the 33rd minute for the Mossend fans.
McMullan made another good stop as Mossend went into halftime the much happier side after being under the pump for most of the first half.