On Saturday 25th October, Glenboig United U17’s travelled to a bright but challengingly windy Meggetland to take on Cavalry Park U17’s in the third round of the TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup. Managing the conditions well, two goals inside the first fifteen minutes gave Glenboig early control, and they eventually ran out 4-1 winners, despite Cavalry’s improved second half performance.
Glenboig certainly started more brightly, pressing Cavalry well, preventing them escaping their own half and creating early chances. Calvin Townsley was only prevented from opening the scoring within five minutes by some brave cavalry blocking.
However, Glenboig's break-through came very shortly after. Fast feet from Thomas Cochrane won a corner, which Cavalry struggled to clear. The ball fell to Gavin Millar, who drove a powerful shot past Cavalry ‘keeper Craig Cockburn.
That signalled the start of a frantic four minutes in which Glenboig and Cavalry both scored. Firstly, a good low cross from Glenboig's left wing found Luke Bonner in space at the top of the box, who calmly side footed home. Then, almost straight from kick off Milosz Pajak found himself with the ball at his feet in the Glenboig box and managed to squeeze a shot past Glenboig ‘keeper James Whyte at his near post.
After this the game settled into a more regular pattern, with Glenboig having most of the possession and territory, but Cavalry occasionally threatening from long balls to the strong Samuel Nhamburo.
Cavalry’s best chance of the half to equalise came when he won a free kick on the left hand edge of the Glenboig box, from which Kyle Dixon forced Whyte into a good save.
Cavalry seemed to be gaining confidence and composure as the first half came to a close, but with the final act of the half Glenboig scored again. Bonner gave Townsley’s lofted free kick the faintest of flick headers, taking it away from the Cavalry defence, giving Anthony McGlone the time and space to run onto the ball and fire a low shot into the Cavalry net.