Sunday 13th January v Calders at Holyrood Sports Centre
Martin Kelly; Arthur McCue (Ally McNaught), Allan Mackenzie (Robert Shimmons), Calum Colquhoun (c) (John Crosbie), Allan Lennox; Gary Duncan (Alastair Wilson), Craig McKenna, Paul Joyce, David Blair; Adam Walker (Greg Johnstone), Scott Macrae
Our first game of 2013 saw us take on our old friends Calders at the Fortress.
A healthy, in numbers, squad to choose from although Andy D was injured and on the sidelines so Safehands was in goals.
The game started at a furious pace, but mainly from Calders who were much sharper and awake than we were.
It was no surprise when we went behind, to a low shot, but then we lost a second goal to what could possibly be described as a goalkeeping error.
Safehands did well to tumble backwards and tip a shot wide but hit his head off the post. The corner came over after he “recovered” and our wacky net minder proceeded to flap the ball into his own net under not even the slightest bit of pressure. Definitely one for the grandkids, who will probably have a lot to listen to !
Anyway, we gradually got back into the game and just before the break LHD swept in a cross from Paul to get us back into the game. Stat fans, this was our 50th goal of the season, remarkable.
At the interval the Boss made some changes including Greg Johnstone who came on for his long awaited debut after being touted for a place since the start of 2009/10 season.
The second half saw us play a lot better and we had umpteen chances to score with Craig and Sebo mainly shooting wide when they had a sight of goal.
John in the Calders goal had an easy time of it as he little to actually save although we had the bulk of the pressure.
Calders took their chances though and scored a third before Crossers headed into this own net claiming he was attempting a passback, and celebrated the goal, as you would expect.
A fifth goal just before the end sealed a bad day at the office when defensive errors and missed chances cost us dear.
Well done to Calders particularly as they brought on 70 year old Wee Jackie for the last twenty minutes or so. No substitute for experience !