Sunday 21st September 2014
Friendly v Kaisayr at Holyrood Sports Centre
Ross Dunbar (c); Adam Walker, Ally McNaught, Alan Galindo, Allan Lennox; Gary Duncan, Craig McKenna, Graeme McQuarrie; Scott Macrae, Derek Muir, David Blair (John Crosbie)
With a free week in the offing we managed to arrange a game against Kaisayr at short notice. For the first time this season we were back at Fortress Holyrood and the pitch was in good condition.
We had a depleted squad through injury and we also lost David as he was working so, as we were lacking a keeper, Ross went in goals mainly because he had a groin injury which meant he couldn’t run about. Grandpa Crossers was persuaded along so he could join in the post-match drinks but ended up borrowing a pair of boots so he could be the lone sub.
Kaisayr play in the IFA League and are strong opponents but we stuck to our task and matched them in the first half with few chances created by either team.
Ten minutes into the second half and Jim the ref gave a foul against Gee on the edge of the box. Up stepped an Ayr player to put the ball round the wall and into the top corner for the opening goal.
The lead didn’t last long as Sebo swept in a cross from close range for an equaliser as we came back strongly.
Then, apparently, the turning point in the game as LHD came off and Crossers went on. The Long Haired one had been playing left midfield but Grandpa was disappointed to be told to go to right back and Adam went over onto the wing (this last fact probably had more to do with the turning point than the veteran coming on but don’t tell Gramps).
Suddenly we were flying and Gary gave us a lead with an excellent shot from just inside the area then Adam put us two ahead with a shot which deflected off the keeper.
Kaisayr had no answer to our attacking moves and Sebo got our fourth which was his 50th for the Club in only his 69th game.
Such was our attacking play that even Crossers was up in attack (not really a surprise) and he skinned the Ayr left back before winning us a corner which was cleared.
The goal of the game came just before the end when Del made a great run and played the ball to Sebo in the area. Our big centre forward had a shooting chance but unselfishly squared the ball to Graeme who had the simplest task to tap the ball home.
A superb victory against a team who beat us 12-1 the last time we played them three years ago. An excellent all round performance where everybody stuck to their task.
Upstairs in the JB Pavilion for the hospitality and CC got driven over so he could join. Good to see him joining in with the celebrations.