The second half of the game began with the same energy the first had ended with. Pollok’s second half target man, Darren Albert, was almost put through by Sean McMillan as the second period began. Kalvin Warren got a chance at the opposite end on 44 minutes, striking cleanly from a penalty box scramble, only to see his shot matched by an excellent diving save from goalkeeper Scott Dryden. David Robson could’ve put United ahead a minute later as he broke past Milngavie’s defence to slide a last-minute ball against the outside of the post.
Both teams were commendable in their determination to stick to the strategy of neat play that each had adopted in the first half. Despite the stalemate, there was no sign of long, hopeful lumps from defence to attack: everyone on the pitch was attempting to play their way into an advantageous position. Kyle Campbell continued to demonstrate his ability to pick out a pass for the home side, linking up well with Scott Hutton in attack.
The 50th minute would provide drama in the form of two free kicks. Hutton would himself show a talent for seeking out a Milngavie striker, as he looped a dead ball over the defence and to the feet of Kalvin Warren, who shot into the net before being ruled offside; and Brogan Murphy would send a tremendous strike goalwards to be met by the hands of McCartney.
Thereafter, Milngavie would kick into top gear. Joseph Slee was opportunistic in collecting the ball from a defensive mistake, and unlucky to see his effort on goal go just wide. Pollok defender Declan Coral made a couple of crucial last-minute interventions to keep United level. Aran McDonald threatened Dryden’s goalmouth when he set up a diving header for Kalvin Warren: Warren came agonisingly close to getting a touch, and one would assume that any contact would have put Milngavie 2-1 up.
That goal eventually came on 67 minutes, when McDonald collected the ball in the United half and, following a short dribble, blasted home from the edge of the box. From Milngavie’s celebrations, it was obvious that the goal had league title implications.
Pollok didn't capitulate. Within a minute of being brought on as a substitute, Barry Turso came close to firing the visitors level with a long strike which hung in the air before landing just left of the Wanderers’ goalmouth. But the last piece of business in the game would fall to Milngavie’s attacker Slee, who robustly jostled defenders on a run which ended with a powerful shot past the goalie to seal a 3-1 win.
Milngavie won the league with a commanding display, then, against opponents who looked to have their number for large swathes of the game. Both Pollok and Wanderers can look to the last games of the season with pride and confidence.