Riverside Reds faced off against local side Alloa Saints at Recreation Park, home of Scottish Championship side Alloa FC in the Donnie McColl Memorial Cup Final.
Both teams served the watching fans a treat. Riverside went a goal up early in the match, before Saints could get a chance to calm the nerves. Joe McLaren scoring in the third minute.
Charlie Sanda also got on the scoresheet just 8 minutes later in the 11th minute, a supreme shot that beat the keeper, who could do nothing about it.
Riverside were in cruise control by this point and were content to build up play from the back, playing the ball on the deck and playing some neat free flowing football, Louis Stewart skewing a shot wide after some really good wing play by Luca Berits. Both Stewart and Berits looked strong and were the main creative force of the Riverside team.
Saints however were determined to get back into this game and Daniel Wilson, a tall strong player was in the thick of every play that Saints made, however with no real penetration of the Riverside defence. Alloa did eventually get a few shots on target but nothing that was seriously going to cause Riverside keeper Chris Oar and problems.
The first half saw very impressive performances from Riverside’s Berits, Stewart, McLaren and Hill, whilst for Saints Middleton and Wilson both looked strong and composed.