William Drummond Trophy, Peterson Park, Yoker
AC Milanda 3 Garnethill 1
Scorers - Chisholm (2), Reid
Team - Fawns, Ross, Evans, Preston, Binnie (O'Neill), McPake (Harley), Grehan, Macdonald, MacDougall, Reid, Chisholm.
MILANDA came from behind to win for the second successive week and that means they take second place in their group and qualify for the quarter-finals of the Vince McGlinchey Trophy. A draw would have given Garnethill the runner-up slot due to their superior goal difference going into the match and when they scored the opener it put them in a strong position. But Milanda battled back and won relatively comfortably in the end thanks to a double from converted striker Gordon Chisholm and a first of the season for Mark Reid.
With the wind at their backs, Milanda dominated the early stages and could have had an early lead when the Garnethill keeper's poor kick presented Reid with a close-range chance. However, the visitors' No.1 redeemed himself by blocking the shot. Kevin Grehan then headed a Des McPake free-kick wide before Milanda went behind against the run of play. A brief spell of pressure saw the ball cleared to the edge of the box and one of the Garnethill defenders hit an unstoppable shot past Craig Fawns.
But Milanda were level on the half-hour. McPake chipped another superb free-kick into the box and Chisholm's glancing header gave the keeper no chance. Just before the break it was 2-1. Garnethill failed to clear another McPake free-kick and Chisholm reacted first to volley the bouncing ball into the far corner of the net.
Garnethill had more of the ball in the second period but tended to overhit their passes or stray offside, which meant keeper Fawns wasn't as troubled as he might have expected to be.
A third goal was needed for a bit of insurance, though, and it came along in the 65th minute. Neil MacDougall and McPake were the creators and when the ball reached Reid in the box he buried a low shot past the keeper.
Milanda could have scored more goals but chances were missed by Chisholm, McPake, Reid and others. Still, three great goals and three points made it a tremendous morning's work from everyone involved.
Man of the match – The starting X1 and the two substitutes all made excellent contributions. The returning Paul Ross and Jim Binnie were solid full-backs and worked well with central defenders Scott Preston and Gerry Evans to form the tightest unit we have had so far in front of steady keeper Craig Fawns. Central midfielders Kevin Grehan and Roddy Macdonald outshone their Garnethill rivals, while Neil MacDougall and Des McPake in the wide positions were always creative. The strike partnership of Mark Reid and Gordon Chisholm proved a real handful for the opposition and for his two goals and all-round effort big Gordon is man of the match for the second week on the trot.