Cupholders Egerton got their new League Cup campaign off to a good start with a comprehensive win on home turf.
From the off, Egerton took the offensive as Moore and McGrath gave them a solid base in midfield. Most of the attacks were channelled down the flanks, with Witter providing a stream of intelligent passes down the wing. Robinson and Dunham coped comfortably with the sporadic Barnton attacks as Egerton pressed forwards but without troubling the Barnton goal.
A scrappy patch of play where both teams succumbed to hitting aimless long balls led to an incisive Barnton break, with Lasham making a superb save to deny Barnton’s first shot. Shaken, Egerton started to pass the ball better, with Weatherby feeding Williams on the left. A great cross was headed home clinically by Wilson. Minutes later, Wall chased down a ball before passing to Wilson who claimed his second.
In the second half, Stanton moved onto the right wing and created a string of chances with some great crosses. As Egerton took control of the game, Downing began to open up Barnton with some wonderful through balls. An excellent pass to the right wing was followed by an accurate Stanton cross which crashed into the net from William’s accurate header. Man of the match Downing combined some graceful runs with well weighted passes, leading to Wilson completing a well deserved hat trick.
Egerton should have built up their confidence and hopefully learnt that by passing the ball on the floor they can open up the better teams as they return to league action next week.
Star Man: Todd Downing – Egerton U15s 4 Barnton U15s 0