06/10/13 Friendly v EK Milan at Barlia Sports Centre
Andy McNaught; Ally McNaught, Calum Colquhoun (Robert Shimmons), Alan Galindo, Allan Lennox; Gary Duncan, Ross Dunbar, Adam Walker, Andy Dick (c), David Blair (Sean Connolly); Craig McKenna
A wee jaunt up the hill to Castlemilk for the first time in a good while for a return game against EK Milan.
Down on numbers again though so Andy Boss made the bold, some would say foolish, decision to play in goals.
Luckily he had a decent defence in front of him, and CC, and we had back up in the shape of Boab and Sean, for the first time this season, on the bench.
With the Boss on the pitch the hamstrung Camzo and Wee Al took charge on the sidelines.
It was an historic game for our skipper Andy D as he was making his 100th appearance for the Club, and what an appearance it turned out to be.
Playing in central midfield Andy made the difference in the first half with two goals.
His first came when he picked the ball up, went on a solo run for a few yards, the defence backed off so he had a go from about 25 yards with the outside of his right foot and it spun away from the keeper and into the bottom corner.
The second was a total shambles. Craig was miles offside and went to attack the ball then immediately stopped so the EK team switched off assuming offside but Andy took the ball and slid it past the keeper into the bottom right hand corner which sent the EK players into a frenzy which was quite hilarious.
Right after this a cross from Ross was slapped away in the six yard box by a defender but referee Jim was still celebrating our second goal and waved play on.
Half time and Boab and Sean came on for LHD and CC and we defended the right hand goal which normally has a hurricane blowing into but, for once it was a calm day in The Milk.
We continued to dominate the second half and created plenty of chances but only took the one when Ross sent Craig clear and he made no mistake.
The Bosses brought LHD and CC back on and the vice captain made a few runs into the opposition penalty area.
From one of his runs he screamed for a cutback in the area and got it with a clear shot at goal…………..luckily LHD kept the ball in to prevent the ball going out for a throw in after CC’s effort at goal.
The Boss had little to do in goals but lost his chance of a shut out with about fifteen minutes to go when he couldn’t stop a close range shot.
EK put a bit of pressure on but it came to nothing and we ended up easy victors.
In the smallest dressing room in Western Europe (there is a smaller one in Uzbekistan) Andy D was presented with a litre bottle of Irn Bru to celebrate his milestone.
Cheekily somebody suggested it should have been “Sugar Free Irn Bru” presumably so he could share it with opening partner (at cricket) Moony.