Match Reports 2017/18

15th July 2017 - Friendly v Fir Park Corner at Lesser Hampden

2-2 (2-0)

Alan Galindo (c); Adam Ellsworth, Ross Pollock, Drew Omand, Stephen Stockman (d); Gary Duncan (Kieran Friel), James Williams, Raymond Ford; Fraser Anderson, Derek Muir, Darren Dunsmore (Graeme McQuarrie)

Scorers: Dunsmore, Omand

POTD: James Williams

Our 31st season opened with a friendly against Fir Park Corner at Lesser Hampden.

There had been a couple of close season retirements with Andy Dick and Craig McKenna hanging up the boots/gloves and after this match the Management duo of Andy McNaught and Allan Mackenzie were stepping down, with Andy continuing as Chairman and Wee Al as one of the coaches. 

Calum “CC” Colquhoun was promoted to Assistant Manager with Andy Dick getting the top Management job. 

Andy becomes only the sixth permanent Manager following an illustrious list of Michael Higgins, Iain Campbell, Paul Stormonth, Raymie McCulloch and Andy Boy.

For Andy’s last game we had a squad of 13 with Stephen Stockman making his debut and Adam Ellsworth and James Williams in for only their second appearances. Last season’s Top Scorer Alan Galindo is playing in goals this season and is also Club Captain.

In a sparkling first half performance we went two goals ahead with Darren Dunsmore opening the scoring when he ran on to a through ball to slip the ball past the keeper. 

Current Player of the Year Drew Omand made it two when he hooked the ball home after a corner from Ross Pollock.

It was a very confident start and we bossed the game for the majority of the game. Unfortunately we ran out of steam near the end and two late goals gave FPC a draw.

However, it was an excellent start to the new season and it was emotional in the dressing room afterwards when Andy Boy stood down from his Manager duties. Having first taken over five years ago, with his great friend Martin Kelly as his Assistant, the team has gone from strength to strength under his leadership with the organisation being reminiscent of the glory days in the 80’s. 

Thankfully he remains in charge of the Club as Chairman and, once he gets fit from one of his many injuries, he should be able to add his skill to Big Andy’s team on the park as well.