Ballieston went in to their Regional Cup clash with EKFC Gold knowing they could take the East Kilbride club the whole way after narrowly being defeated by them late on in the 2-1 league encounter the week before. An early lead and some poor defending from the Gold's gave Ballieston hope that they could book their place in the next round and the ruthless home side did that defeating their rivals 4-1 in the end.
Ballieston came out the traps flying and took a very early lead when a ball across goal which was defended poorly by EK resulted in the cross being met by Ballie forward Stephen Paterson who turned it in to the back of the net to break the deadlock early on in this highly awaited cup tie.
After that wake up call EK Gold started to try and play some of the great passing football they are well known for but it just wasn't their day as silly error's were costing the Gold's possession of the ball and that is usually when they are most dangerous.
The visitors did however come close to pulling a goal back when Ryan McEwan picked out a great run from Steven Oates who then raced through on goal but blasted his shot wide of the right hand post and out for a goal kick.
The battle in the middle of the park was being hugely contested by both sides at this halfway point in the first half but while both sides were focusing on trying to control the middle of the park the home team added another to their tally this time through a fantastic strike from the edge of the box coming from Nicky Fraser.
The Gold's were looking to hold out to half time as nothing was seeming to go right for them in this first half and you could see frustration was starting to get to them but just as they were trying to see out the last couple of minutes Ballieston chipped in and made their half time team talk even worse when they added a third with Stephen Paterson finishing well to grab his second on the day.