Match Reports 2017/18

6th August 2017 – Friendly v Giffnock Old Crocks at Giffnock North

4-3 (3-1)

Alan Galindo (c); Fraser Anderson, Ross Pollock, Drew Omand, Stephen Stockman; James Williams, Allan Lennox; Darren Dunsmore, Raymond Ford, Graeme McQuarrie; Ross Dunbar. Subs: Adam Ellsworth, Neale Waugh, Derek Muir, Lee Kilpatrick, David Blair

Scorers: Ford, Dunsmore (2), Dunbar (p)

POTD: Darren Dunsmore

In: Dunbar, Lee Kilpatrick (debut)

Out: Macrae, Mackenzie

Our last friendly before the IFA League season starts for us was at Giffnock against the Old Crocks on their grass pitch at Braidholm.

The last couple of games against the Old Crocks have been a bit feisty and this one was no different but we ran out winners in a seven goal thriller.

As well as being feisty these games are normally high scoring affairs and two early goals kept that pattern going. Ray opened the scoring, running through on goal and delightfully chipping the ball over the onrushing keeper. We lost an equaliser when we failed to defend a set piece.

The home side put us under pressure after this and Gee had to be at his best as we looked vulnerable as the home side threw bodies forward.

However this left space at the back for us to exploit with our nippy front men, and Darren, on his 50th appearance, put us ahead when he got on the end of a cross at the back post to score. It should have been Stephen’s first goal for the Club but he completely missed the ball and Darren showed him how it’s done.

Darren was in sparkling form again and within a minute he’d run onto a long punt from Gee to beautifully chip the outrushing keeper to make it 3-1.

That was the score at the break despite both sides having chances with a corner from Ross P nearly going straight in and then being cleared off the line with people on the sidelines, at the other end of the pitch, convinced the ball had gone in!

Three changes at the interval and the Crocks still caused us problems, particularly from set pieces, as we fell out of the game in an attacking sense.

Davie Bear was sent on at right back for his usual cameo appearance as he tries to get to 200 appearances with the minimum of effort, and Lee Kilpatrick came on for his debut. Lee is the brother of Scott the Goat and thankfully the footballer of the family, just.

Both teams started to get chances and it was Giffnock who pulled one back before we were awarded our third penalty of the season when Darren was fouled and Ross again put it away expertly.

A late headed goal by the Crocks and some last ditch defending by the defence and Gee kept us ahead and the Andy Dick honeymoon continues with a third win on the bounce.

A very encouraging start to the season and we look forward to the game against Troon in a repeat of the Scottish Cup Final but hopefully with a better result.

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