Antonine Blacks of the Glasgow and District league hosted Broxburn Athletic Colts, who were flying the flag for West Lothian in the Under 19's national competition after Gartcairn were knocked out by East End the previous week. Both sides sit at the top of their respective leagues, with Antonine having playing eleven games, winning ten and drawing one. Where as Broxburn have played seven, winning six and drawing one.
I'm sure both sides knew that they would be in for a very tough battle, in particular Broxburn, as they took on an Antonine side who have seen a lot of success in this competition over the years.
The game began at a very fast pace and inside the first minute Craig Livingston in the away sides goal had to be out quickly off his line to claim the ball ahead of the Antonine striker.
Livingstone was forced into making a good save no less than a minute later from Antonine's Aaron Graham.
It was Broxburn who were next to come close, as the ever dangerous Jonni Turner saw his effort take a deflection into the path of Scott Wright in the home goal who smothered his effort.
Aaron Graham then had an effort which fizzed wide of the Broxburn up right, however Livingstone seemed to have it covered.
Broxburn were gifted an excellent chance to go ahead, when Jonni Turner floated in an excellent cross which found the un-marked Ross Nimmo at the back post, who unfortunately couldn't connect with the cross.
Broxburn then had a further two efforts coming from Scott Lochrie and Turner on eleven and fourteen minutes, however they failed to really trouble the home sides keeper.
Antonine began to take control of the game, always looking very dangerous when going forward, especially down the right hand side. The home side came close on two occassions from cross balls, unfortunately for them the resulting headers sailed over the Broxburn crossbar.
With Antonine pressing high into the away sides half it was no surprise that they took the lead on thirty three minutes, as the ball dropped just inside the eighteen yard line to the unmarked Daryl McMillan, who's volley flew through a ruck of players and into the net, giving the home side the lead.
Euan Urquhart of Antonine who continually put in good deliveries to the Broxburn box then forced Livingston into making a good save, tipping the ball over for bar for a corner.
Broxburn did not let their heads drop after going behind and Jamie Henderson saw the home keeper get down well to save his effort on thirty seven minutes.
The away side were dealt a big blow when their captain Scott Lochrie took a sore one in a challenge, he was replaced by Jordan Sweeney.
On the stroke of half time Jonni Turner saw his free kick saved as he looked to find the back of the Antonine net, however Wright gathered the attempt and the referee blew for half time.