East of Scotland Cup - Semi-final, Saturday 4th August

East Kilbride FC (Reserves)   3 - 1  Berwick Rangers (Reserves) 

East Kilbride’s Reserve side booked the club a place in the final of the East of Scotland Cup, after a comfortable 3-1 win over their Berwick counterparts at K-Park on Saturday.

The match was carried over from last season, after Kilby’s 4-1 EoS Qualifying Cup win over Lothian Thistle HV, and no date could be agreed for the first teams to play the match, so it was decided to be played by the Reserve squads.

EK dominated the first half, with the bulk of possession and territorial advantage, and keeper Lewis Sanderson a virtual spectator in the Kilby goal.  The home side were dealt a blow on the half hour, when winger Nathan Khanna had to leave the field, after appearing to twist his ankle.

Substitute Michael Jones was deployed in his place, forcing a change of shape to the Kilby side, and it didn’t take long for the deadlock to be broken.  Good play from Robertson and Brodie found Jones, who played a neat pass through to McInally, who’s low right footed shot found the bottom corner of the net.

And just 4 minutes McInally repaid the favour to his strike partner, being found on the left by Scott Brodie, and the on-form Kilby striker showed great pace to leave his full-back for dead and hitting the by-line, before finding Jones with a cut-back, who had the easiest of tap-ins to make it 2-0.

Hal-time saw a Reserve debut for 16-year old development player Ross Taylor, who came on for Robertson, joining fellow U-18 player Ciaran Mcaninch on the field, but it was Berwick who had the better of the early second half exchanges, without directly threatening the EK goal.  Lewis Sanderson was called into action for the first time in the 70th minute, diving at full stretch to push behind a Molloy drive.

The threat from the visitors was to be short-lived, and Kilby wrapped up the tie moments later, when Conor Bell found Jay McInally, and the striker burst in from the left wing before firing an unstoppable shot home at the near post for 3-0.  Gavin Millar had the chance to make it four, with five minutes of the match left, but dragged a shout wide when through one on one with the Berwick keeper.

EK were made pay for the miss, when Berwick ran up the other end immediately and Molloy netted from close range after a cut-back, but the goal turned out to be no more than a consolation, and it is Kilby who go through to face either Edinburgh City or Lothian Thistle HV.

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