Scottish Supporters Football League
League Cup Final
Broadwood Clyde 2 10M Rangers 0
Broadwood returned to the scene of their IDT triumph, this time with the League Cup as the prize. They had been defeated in last year's final and had also tasted defeat from 10M earlier in the season so it was a case of unfinished business from the Broadwood boys.
Again a large crowd cheered them on and although outnumbered by the Rangers crowd, they spurred the lads to another memorable performance.
Broadwood kicked off and the game got under way. The opening exchanges were fairly cagey from both teams as they sized each other up. McGee had been singled out by the Rangers manager and was receiving some close attention. This however allowed R. McNeil more space and he set up the first chance. His through ball was latched onto by McGee who under close physical attention from the defender managed to blast his shot just over the bar.
McMahon and R.McNeil were linking well and the striker had a number of shots that tested the keeper. Reilly and G. McNeil were playing the holding role in midfield, protecting the back three and allowing Horne and Sheilds to break forward. McMahon also was biting into tackles in the midfield area giving Rangers no time to settle.
With the midfield under control, Broadwood could pass the ball from defence to midfield to attack with relative ease. The game was fairly even at this point, Wandrum only being tested by a few long lange shots which he dealt with admirably. Credit must go to McEwan , Kimmet and Scott for keeping things very tidy at the back.
Broadwood thought they had scored when neat interchanging between McGee and McEwan saw R. McNeil burst through, but his lob just skimmed over the bar. A period of Broadwood pressure saw a series of corners. One of these nearly produced a goal when McMahon won the header and it fell to McGee who's scissors kick from eight yards was met with a spectacular fingertip save from the keeper. Reilly was also causing problems with his height and a McMahon thunderbolt was just over.
With Half time approaching, 10M were awarded a penalty when Kimmet was penalised for a trip inside the box; he disputed it but to no avail. The Rangers man slammed it to his left but Wandrum guessed correctly and brilliantly saved and held it.
Broadwood went into the second half with a determination to take the game to Rangers but they had to weather a revitalised Rangers team. They were determined to take the lead and put pressure on the Broadwood back line.
Reilly and R. McNeil were working hard in midfield along with Sheilds and McMahon but goalmouth scrambles were becoming more frequent. G. McNeil cleared one effort off the line only to see it hit his goalkeeper and come back at him, luckily Wandrum pounced to smother the danger.
Broadwood got another let off when a great shot from distance pinged off the post. Broadwood weathered the storm and Wandrum, so inspirational in goal, turned provider when his long kick out found R. McNeil. With a defender in close attention and the keeper rushing out there didn't look much on but a moment of indecision by Rangers allowed the Clyde striker to head the ball over the keeper and into the net.
McMahon was replaced by Andrews as Broadwood moved to finish off the game. Tough tackling was becoming more frequent with Reilly and Kimmet in the thick of it. Bryant came on for McGee and got involved straight away. There seemed little danger when he cut out a throw in but the ball broke to Shields who from 30 yards crashed in a stunning drive into the top corner.
Rangers now threw caution to the wind as they tried to get back into the game. Scott and McEwan having to deal with a lot of awkward through balls, but the Broadwood goal remained intact.
Bryant could have than extended Broadwood's lead when R.McNeil crossed for him. He initially mishit the shot but this sent the keeper the wrong way, Bryant blasted goalwards but the keeper amazingly recovered and clawed the ball away.
Wells came on for R.McNeil and he too nearly got on the scoresheet when he latched onto a Horne through ball and rounded the keeper but the angle was too tight and he hit the side netting.
A late Rangers surge brought no goals and the final whistle blew. McEwan stepped up to rapturous applause and added the League Cup to Broadwood Clyde's growing list of Honours.
Team Wandrum, Scott, Kimmet, McEwan