A poor second half performance sees Caledonian Braves slump to a 3-1 defeat away to Cumbernauld Colts.
A game of great importance at this stage of the season. Both sides were vying for the three points as they both linger in mid-table.
Ross McNeil almost had the Braves ahead straight from Kick Off but the striker was judged to be offside as he rifled the ball into the back of the net.
The Braves had an extremely positive first half and were for most part the better side.
They did take the lead at Broadwood. Following Craig Quinn’s effort which was blocked off the line, the ball was chipped into the area, nodded down by McNeil and smashed home by veteran David Winters for his fourth league goal of the season.
Braves mounted on the pressure, Neil McLaughlin cracked the bar just on the stroke of half-time as the Lanarkshire side went into the break in the lead.
A much changed second half as the Colts came out hungry for possession.
That did not stop a wonderful effort from McLaughlin again, this time his shot from distance battered the post and rolled along the goal-line before finding its way over the by-line
The Colts equalised from a corner kick, Alex Marshall went to claim the ball only for it to be deflected off Kirwan and the ball bundled it’s way into the net.
A glorious opportunity to regain the lead for the Braves as the ball fell kindly to Quinn with plenty of space and time but the midfielder’s effort was tame and straight at the keeper.
A repeat of the first saw the Colts take the lead, inform striker Marty Wright rose highest from a corner and found the back of the net.
The Braves had chance after chance to steal the point but it was the Colts who would score next and kill off the tie. The home side latched onto a loose touch from Dom Slattery and slotted past Marshall.
No fixture for the Braves next week but they are back in Lowland League action at Alliance Park, Saturday 7th December vs Edinburgh University.