Salvesen came out determined for the second half, and got themselves back into the tie almost immediately. Again the goal arrived from a corner; this time Ryan Campbell’s delivery was met by the head of Salvesen captain Daniel Mitchell who powered in a header from six yards to give his side a lifeline.
Ten minutes into the second half the home side almost pulled level after an incredible strike from Craig Berry that was matched by an excellent save from Mill United keeper Ryan Tweedlie. Berry struck a half volley from forty yards that dipped perfectly towards the top corner, only for Tweedlie to recover his feet brilliantly and tip the ball over the top.
Salvesen had really sparked into life in the second period, but Mill United continued to threaten on the counter attack, and restored their two goal cushion midway through the half thanks to a stunning goal from Forbes. Mill United’s number 10 found some space on the edge of the area, and unleashed an unstoppable swerving effort straight into the top corner, leaving the keeper with no chance.
The game had really opened up and was an end to end affair by this point, as Salvesen came close to instantly levelling. An excellent free kick delivery from Cameron Moir, not for the first time in the match, dropped in the box for Mitchell and the centre back was close to grabbing his second of the day, but his close range effort was thwarted by an excellent sprawling save from Tweedlie.
With about twenty minutes left on the clock, the determined Salvesen players got themselves back into the game again as they pulled a goal back. Breaking forward in numbers, a low cross through the eighteen yard box was met by Adam Robertson, who accurately slotted home to make the score 3-2.
The closing stages of a thrilling second half were characterised by incessant pressure from the home side, who were throwing players forward in search of that elusive equaliser. More fantastic free kick deliveries from Moir were causing problems for the visitors, but their defence held strong.
There was incredible drama with almost the last kick of the game, as John Dunbar was inches away from equalising in sensational style. A cross-field pass was deflected into his path, and Dunbar had the audacity to strike a left-footed half volley across goal from a tight angle that agonisingly rattled off the crossbar with the keeper stranded.
The final whistle blew soon after, marking the end of an electric second half in which both teams showed remarkable moments of individual talent. Mill United progress to the next round of the Scottish Youth FA Cup and can be proud of their performance, but Salvesen will be buoyed by their excellent second half showing that bodes well for the remainder of the season.