In the early spring sunshine at Broadwood, Cumbernauld progressed to the last 8 of the League Cup competition with a deserved 2-1 win against Boroughmuir.
Goals from Mel Porter and a Frances Fern were enough to see the home side through. The Colts face an unknown opponent in the next round against Granite City, who currently sit fourth in the 1st Division North. Manager McSherry said, we’ve a few weeks to prepare for the next round. But first, we have a league match against Glasgow City Development on the 2nd of April we’ll set up for.
In the 38th minute, the Boroughmuir keeper elected to pickup a back pass in her area. Frances Fern took the resultant indirect free kick after Nicole Hutchison had rolled the ball back to her. Her shot bounced around the six yard box before Porter smashed the ball into the net. Porter also headed over from a corner just before the break that would have taken the wind from the visitors sails.
Boroughmuir were to get back into the tie when they restored parity in the 58th minute.
The setback of losing the lead was to spur the home side forward and they were to restore their lead from the spot. A handball in the box gave Frances Fern the opportunity to take her side back in front from 12 yards, which she did with confidence.
Boroughmuir were to fight back, as they again tried to come from behind. They found McPhee in the home goal defiant whenever they raided forward. In the dying seconds a hopeful ball into the box almost beat her when it bounced high over her head. She was able to reach and claw the ball away preventing the Edinburgh side from taking the match to extra time. This would be the last action of the game as the referee blew his whistle to end the match directly after.
Reported by Stephen Bole
Picture: Cumbernauld Colts