Sunday 4th November 2012 v Partick Thistle at Holyrood Sports Centre 1-0 (0-0)
Martin Kelly; Ally McNaught (c), Calum Colquhoun (Robert Shimmons), Alan Galindo, Allan Lennox; Alastair Wilson, David Blair, Paul Joyce, Craig McKenna; Scott Macrae (Andy Dick), Adam Walker (Gary Duncan)
A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away……….
Young Ally Skywalker gazed at his father’s Webs and asked, “Andy Da, do you think I will ever play for the team that for no reason calls itself The White Brazilians ?”
“Well, my son, I foresee the day when you will become a Legend and be talked of in the same breath as Sheppy, Logie, Moony [can his name be left out of this report, thanks] and, eh, the man they call The Crosshill Goal Machine.”
“That would be a dream come true for me as they are pure Legends all of them especially the Crosshill Goal Machine.”
“Be careful of that one, young Skywalker, as he has turned to the dark side, generally green and purple socks when we’re meant to be wearing white”
“I will Andy Da, but Andy Boss seems to like him an awful lot, why is that ?”
“That’s because he’s…….well……eh……..Andy Boss’s father……..”
Back to Fortress Holyrood for a
The size of our squad remained the same from the EK Milan game but Craig and Ally returned in place of Arthur and Sean.
This was a special day for Ally as it was his 100th appearance, making him the first of the “Class of 2009” to reach the milestone. To celebrate this great achievement Ally was captain for the day.
With Andy D still unable to play in goals Safehands donned the keeper’s jersey; Ally and CC were at full back with a recovered from illness Lenny and Gee in central defence; also recovered was Paul and he joined Alistair, LHD and Craig in the midfield; Sebo and Adam were our strike force.
Thistle had the bare eleven but they had an experienced line up marshalled by Gary Anderson at the back.
It was a nice crisp day and we started off much better than the previous game on the Friday night.
The ball was on the deck and we were spraying passes about in great fashion with one move in the first half seeing us make about fifteen to eighteen passes, I kid you not.
Craig’s runs from midfield had been missed against EK Milan and he showed he was back when he burst forward from his own half and forced the Thistle keeper into a low save at his front post.
There seem to be plenty of free kicks in shooting range these days, that don’t come to anything, and we got another three in the first half but Paul shot over then Gee got two on target but the keeper saved on both occasions.
Thistle, as usual, were trying to pass the ball about but our defence was looking confident and at half time there were no goals despite both teams playing well.
The Boss brought Robert and Gary on at the break for CC and Adam and the second half started off in much the same vein as the first with both teams trying to play football on the deck.
It looked like a game of few goals and we made the breakthrough when Craig played a perfect through ball for LHD to run onto and he opened the scoring with an immaculate finish past the keeper.
Thistle had been second best up to this point but the goal kicked them into life and they started to dominate possession.
CC came back on in central defence, Gee had to go to work, as we were getting got pegged back into defence.
A couple of shots flew wide as the pressure increased then Safehands dived to turn a low effort past the post.
Adam and Andy came on up front as we tried to get a grip on the game again but still Partick were the more dominant side.
Over the course of the season so far our defence has been a revelation and they kept that good work going again with Lenny outstanding at the back as we forced Thistle into long range efforts.
Finally the referee blew the final whistle and we had a hard fought win, and a shut out for Safehands, and his defence.
Another excellent all round performance with everybody sticking to the task in the second half after some excellent football in the first period.
In The Langside after the game Ally received a bottle of vodka to mark his milestone of being unbeaten as captain.
Later that night……….
Ally Skywalker excitedly phoned Andy Da.
“Andy Da, do you think I’ll be the last person to play a hundred games ?”
“No, there is another, a brother”
“Who Andy Boss ?”
“Don’t be so stupid young Skywalker, I mean Phil of course………..”