09/09/12 v Perth Hotspurs at Torgylen Sports Centre
Andy Dick (c); Arthur McCue (Robert Shimmons), Sean Connolly, Alan Galindo, Allan Lennox (John Crosbie); Ally McNaught (Ryan McCue), David Blair (Stuart Waugh), Paul Joyce, Craig McKenna; Adam Walker and Scott Macrae
It’s no secret that the Scottish national team aren’t setting the heather on fire at the moment but the repercussions of even the slightest hint of success had a devastating affect on our team.
A goalless draw with Serbia was celebrated long into the night by a number of our squad and there was an atmosphere of stale booze and general air of tiredness in the dressing room before the game.
Perth Hotspurs were the opponents for the first time in Glasgow and their Gaffer, Young Gav, had brought a thirteen man squad through to the big city.
Six wins on the bounce meant we were in confident mood, despite people’s general health, and Andy D was back in goals which was a big boost.
Wee Al and Alistair were unavailable but Lenny, Ryan, Stu and Uncle Crossers were all in the squad.
Our one previous game against Hotspurs was a 6-0 victory in Perth in March but Young Gav’s team had a different look about them this time around and it wasn’t going to be an easy game.
As starts to a game go we gave “slow” a bad name as we struggled to put two passes together and didn’t exactly look up for a game of football.
Hotspurs settled well into the game and played some good passing football which caused us a few problems.
Craig had a long range shot superbly turned wide by the Hotspurs keeper but that was about the extent of our early chances.
The Perth side took the lead with a goal that surprised everybody. A
high shot towards our goal looked to be heading for Andy’s gloves but our keeper misjudged the ball in the wind and it nestled into the back of our net. On the sidelines Safehands claimed that the shot was unsaveable, but most are to him.
Not long afterwards it was two nil when a snap shot from the edge of the box flew into the net and things were looking bleak for us.
On the stroke of half time we managed to pull a goal back when LHD got his head to a cross inside the six yard box but it was to be the last piece of action for our long haired forward as he collapsed on the touchline at the break.
Stu came on for LHD and Uncle Crossers, only turning up for the post match hospitality, went into central defence in place of Lenny who had to go back to his work, assuming he could remember where that was.
After a few words from Andy Boss we started to impose ourselves a bit more on the game.
Hotspurs were under a bit of pressure but stood firm and they even survived a penalty shout when Fernie pushed Adam over in the area.
We were the dominant side but lost a third goal when Sean headed a free kick into his own net to make things look bleak.
And they got bleaker when we conceded a penalty as Uncle Crossers was adjudged to have fouled an opponent in the area. This followed an appeal by us for a foul on Craig in the Hotspurs area.
The penalty was duly despatched and this was followed by a fifth goal as we got hit on the break as we pushed forward in numbers.
With only a couple of minutes remaining Adam crossed for Paul to side foot the ball into the corner of the net but it was but a mere consolation.
Congratulations to Hotspurs on their victory and thanks for all coming back to The Langside for the hospitality after the game.
So first defeat for Andy Boss and we’re all on tenterhooks to see how he responds. Mind you, hopefully the team will be sober next time around !