For this league cup match; Dunblane were in impressive form as they managed to score four despite the terrible conditions the players had to contend with. The result ensured the home team continued to progress in the cup itself whereas Cumbernauld will feel like the scoreline did not tell an accurate story of the game itself.
Cumbernauld were the first to show signs of life. A fantastic corner was played in by Josh Codona which was met by the head of Matthew Smith with a strong header which looked destined for the back of the net; were it not for a fantastic save by Robin Turnbull in the Dunblane goal.
As the game began to slow down- Dunblane took advantage with some blistering pace on the left hand side. Euan Anderson sprinted past two as he aimed for the corner flag and played a whipped cross into the box. Whilst Cameron Friel managed to get a punch to the ball that ensured the incoming Stuart Thomson was denied- it fell to number eight, Edward Garcia-Clegg, who thundered it into the bottom right corner to ensure the hosts started off positively.
Dunblane maintained their high press over the following ten minutes as they won a free-kick inside the Cumbernauld half. Thomson hit a speculative shot that was collected by Friel between the sticks who pumped it long to Smith who was denied by another fantastic Turnbull save, this time one-on-one.
Cumbernauld would come to regret the miss mere minutes later, on the 21st minute, as number seven for Dunblane, Sandy Buchanan, played a dangerous low ball into the opposition 18 yard box which was tapped home by the incoming Thomson.
Just before half time- Cumbernauld proved they weren't down and out yet however as Smith hit an effort from the edge of the box that was fumbled, but eventually claimed with composure, by the Dunblane Keeper.
The half ended with Dunblane two goals to the good.