Saturday 6th April v EK Milan at Toryglen Sports Centre
David Stewart; Ally McNaught (Robert Shimmons), John Crosbie (Stephen Mosley), Jack Waugh, Allan Mackenzie; Gary Duncan (Andy Dick), Calum Colquhoun (c), Paul Joyce, Adam Walker (Stuart Waugh); Scott Macrae, David Blair (Sean Connolly)
A rare Saturday lunchtime game with Queen’s playing on the telly on the Sunday lunchtime.
There was a bit of worry whether we’d manage to get a team but eventually ended up with sixteen in the squad despite missing Craig (injured), Gee and Lenny (riding in The National), Ross (unavailable) and our Assistant Coach Safehands who was on a promotional tour of Esso petrol stations trying to flog the new EP, “Playing Ping Pong In Pyongyang” by his boy band, The Petting Zoo.
In the absence of Safehands Andy Boss seemed to take a funny turn and picked Wee Al at centre back with Crossers going to left back. But his explanation that Jake and Crossers can’t play together in central defence because they either both play twenty yards behind the full backs or twenty yards in front of our forwards showed it all made sense.
David made his third appearance in goals; Ally joined Crossers, Jake and Al in defence; Gary, CC, Paul and Adam made up our midfield quartet; Sebo and LHD were up front (although we might have been playing five in the middle).
EK Milan had won 3-0 in our last meeting on a Friday night at the start of November and we knew we’d be in for another hard game.
However, both teams matched up pretty well and there were very chances created with both keepers showing good handling on the rare occasion they were called into action.
With people being delayed for various reasons we only had two subs to begin with and Andy D turned up just in time to replace Gary on the stroke of half time when our wee midfielder made a great challenge for the ball but ended up getting a stud in the knee for his trouble.
After a goalless first half there was only one thing the Boss could do, unleash Super Boab The Goal Machine. After Boaby’s wondrous goal against WESTA expectations were high of a repeat performance but, in truth, nobody really expected it to happen again, and it didn’t.
Sean also came on and the game remained goalless until EK took the lead midway through the half with a goal which defies description.
Stu and Stephen had come on as subs at this point and the heads could easily have gone down but we fought back superbly.
Andy D found space in the middle of the park and played an inch perfect pass to Paul in the penalty area and he fired a shot low across the keeper and into the net.
Game on and Crossers also had to come on as Jack was another one to hobble off this time getting a stud to the thigh.
With Crossers in defence he naturally started an attack but it broke down at the edge of the EK area and they took advantage of nobody covering for the mad one by breaking away to score a second goal.
Sebo had a chance to equalise in the last five minutes when he was put through on goal but the keeper made a double save to prevent a goal.
That looked as if it would be our last chance but in the final seconds we won a corner.
Ally swung over the cross to the back post and there was Sebo to head home from point blank range and almost dismantle the goals at the same time. Cue plenty of celebrations, as EK claimed that the ball had swerved out of play but it hadn’t and we’d earned a hard fought draw.
An excellent all round performance by the team and good to see so many turning up on a Saturday.
Players of the Day: Allan Mackenzie and Calum Colquhoun