William Drummond Trophy, Crookfur
Eastwood Park 2, AC Milanda 3
Scorers Galbraith, Chisholm, Macdonald
Team - Dunlop, Galbraith, Evans, Preston, Di Folco, O'Neill, Grehan, Macdonald, McLaughlin, Reid, Chisholm. Sub not used: Harley
MILANDA recorded their first win in three attempts against Eastwood Park – and they did it with only 10 fit players.
A catalogue of call-offs took the 23-man squad down to 12 for the trip to Crookfur but with Gordon Chisholm and Greig Harley injured, things did not look good.
However, with the help of some of assistant manager Scott Grant's powerful painkillers, Chisholm managed to drag his injured ribs on to the park to play up front alongside Mark Reid.
After the 8-2 hammering from Finnieston Park, it wasn't a team brimming with confidence but Milanda, with keeper Robin Dunlop back between the sticks, held their own for most of the first half.
Colin McLaughlin had a shot saved early on then Reid should have opened the scoring after running on to an excellent through ball from David Galbraith but he fired wide with only the keeper to beat.
Milanda paid for that miss when Eastwood Park took the lead just before the break after some sloppy defending.
Having lost twice previously in cup-ties to Eastwood Park, Milanda knew they were up against it but the players buckled down and battled in the second period. Galbraith, who had been moved forward from right-back into midfield, was unlucky with a powerful header from a Reid corner, the keeper touching his effort on to the bar.
But Milanda's luck turned in the 53rd minute when they were awarded an indirect free-kick for obstruction just inside the box. Reid tapped the ball sideways to Galbraith and his fierce shot took a deflection on its way to the net. Three minutes later, Milanda went 2-1 ahead. The home defence failed to clear a McLaughlin cross from the left and Chisholm pounced to blast the loose ball into the roof of the net.
Things were looking a lot brighter but Eastwood's pace up front was always a worry and with 20 minutes left they equalised. Milanda were stretched by a long ball and Gary Di Folco's attempt to clear under pressure saw him put it in his own net. That was a blow but the heads didn't go down and with just minutes remaining Milanda scored the winner. An excellent through ball by McLaughlin sent Macdonald clear and he expertly chipped the advancing keeper.
All in all an excellent morning's work and three tremendous goals to savour.
And with Garnethill Rovers having lost 6-1 to Finnieston Park, it means Milanda can progress as runners-up in the group if they beat the Giffnock boys this Saturday.
Man of the match – A lot of hard work went into this result and there were a number of candidates for star man, including Scott Preston, David Galbraith, Colin McLaughlin and Roddy Macdonald. But the accolade goes to Gordon Chisholm for playing – and scoring a cracking goal – when others might have stayed in bed.