LOMOND Victoria AFC played host to Kennoway Amateurs FC in the semi-final of the Ron Brindley League Cup.
The game took a turn for the worse for the visitors as a Lomond counter attack ended when Kennoway captain Lee Bremner put in a tackle inside the Kennoway penalty area.
The referee had no hesitation in immediately awarding the hosts a penalty and showed the Kennoway defender a straight red card.
Lomond camly took the penalty and went 1-0 up.
The man advantage didn’t work in the hosts’ favour though, as Kennoway started to settle and use their pace to attack the home defence.
And it wasn’t long before Ryan Thomson broke through and hammered the ball past the Lomond ‘keeper and into the back of the net to make it 1-1.
The hosts were not to be outdone and started to work the extra man advantage, allowing them to continuously break past the Kennoway defence and, having come close on a few occasions, eventually netted to go 2-1 up in the match.
Kennoway are not a team to be beaten easily though and continued to use their superior pace up front to slice through the home defence. Marc Cramb did all the work for Kennoway’s next goal, taking on three Lomond defenders before passing square – allowing Thomson to net his second of the day.
Persistent late and heavy tackles saw the referee flash the yellow card and the inevitable red card followed soon after as a Lomond defender bundled the Kennoway winger to the ground.
Thomson raced through the remaining defence and hammered the ball past the ‘keeper to claim his and Kennoway’s third goal.
Kennoway’s fourth came after a high ball was whipped into the Lomond box and Thomson was on hand to scramble it into the back of the hosts’ net.
It wasn’t long before the electric pace of substitute Gary Ramsay tore past the now seemingly static Lomond defence, cut inside and placed the ball beyond the reach of the hosts’ ‘keeper.
The rout was complete when Thomson broke through and added goal number five to his tally for the afternoon and number six for the visiting side.
There were further chances for Thomson to get a double hatrick but it was not to be.