East End United staged a remarkable comeback from 3-0 down to win 4-3 and book their place inn the final of Trans World Soccer SYFA Cup on Sunday afternoon.
Zack Birnie’s first half double and Sean Stewart’s simple finish for Clydebank were cancelled out by Andy O’Donnell’s goal direct from a corner, and a late brace from substitute Paul Pettigrew,, sending the tie into extra time. Luke McCowan then scored in the first minute of first half extra time to complete a memorable comeback for the Greenock side.
Clydebank ‘keeper Paul McKenna was called into action after six minutes when he rose expertly to tip Cory Hughes’ header over the bar, with the whistle subsequently sounding for offside.
Midway through the first half, Bankies took the lead. After great hold up play, Zack Birnie created space and lashed in the opener high past Arkley. It was the breakthrough Clydebank needed having been the better of the two sides in the opening exchanges.
Just four minutes later, Birnie doubled his tally. A bursting run from lone striker Sean Stewart saw him take the ball round Arkley, and despite taking it too far, he managed to cut the ball across the six yard line for Birnie, who tapped in as Bankies took control of the match.
With nine minutes of the first half remaining, Stewart has the perfect opportunity to add another for the visitors, but his effort went narrowly wide.
Less than a minute later however, Stewart did make amends for his miss by adding a third. The nippy forward picked the ball up wide on the left and drove at the heart of the United defence before curling a right footed shot round Arkley to seemingly all but end the tie.
Christopher Richmond’s free kick, that was easily gathered by McKenna, was East End’s only chance of note as the first half ended with Clydebank three goals to the good.