Match Reports 2017/18

23rd September 2017 - IFA League v KaisAyr at Toryglen

2-1 (1-0)

Alan Galindo (c), Fraser Anderson, Ross Pollock, Allan Lennox, Stephen Stockman, Neale Waugh, Ross Dunbar, Adam Ellsworth, Raymond Ford, Scott Macrae, Darren Dunsmore. Subs: Derek Muir, Ross McGillivray, Drew Omand, James Williams

Scorers: Dunbar, Ford

POTD: Adam Ellsworth

In: Galindo, Omand, Williams

Out: Smith, Blair, Sloan, McNaught, Mackenzie

On to League action and another victory as we sneaked past KaisAyr 2-1 after dominating for the early part but missed chances allowed Ayr back into the game before a late Ray winner sealed the points.

It’s been a blistering start to the season with nine wins out of twelve but, as good as it’s been, it’s nowhere as good as our all-time record. That was back in 1885 when Manger Franklin “Frankie Boy” Drennan (later the Nawab of Nagpur) oversaw an 18 win run with 221 goals scored. Sadly a harrowing 18-16 (half time 16-16) defeat to Calders saw the fans protest by furiously writing letters to the Club wanting Frankie Boy removed. The protesters got their wish and were able to put their quills back into the ink wells as the charismatic Andy Guv came in to steady the ship with eight successive goalless draws. Andy Guv later moved to Italy and invented the Catenaccio style.

Anyway, our skipper and keeper Gee was back for the KaisAyr game and despite spending a lot of time swimming with Zara Dolphins, our wee net minder looked like he’d enjoyed a good holiday.

KaisAyr are one of the old stagers of the IFA league, and we would have to be at our best, and we started well as we peppered shots at the Ayr goal in the first ten minutes.

Fraser was bounding down the right as ever and his cross cum shot, okay cross, nearly sneaked over the keeper at the back post but was tipped away. Darren also came close as he fired a shot past the keeper but the ball was deflected wide off the post. Sebo then flashed a header wide as we took total command of the early stages.

A change was required after this when Fraser limped off because he couldn’t run (all he has in his game) and James, who once spent a two week vacation at a Caribbean hideaway with third rate keeper Dougie Lyden, came on in the middle of the pitch with Adam going wide.

The game quietened down after the early chances and KaisAyr slowly forced themselves into the game although Wee Gee was generally untroubled.

Just before half time the deadlock was broken as Ross Dunbar picked up the ball outside the box and fired a shot pass the despairing dive of the keeper and into the net. This was Ross’s fifth goal of the season and his first from open play.

The second half started off fairly evenly and KaisAyr were more in the game and equalised midway through the half.

Big Drew returned to action as a sub and this released Neale on the left and he nearly put us back in the lead but his shot hit the side net. Adam then hit the post from outside the box as we pushed forward.

Just twelve minutes left on the clock when Ray moved through the middle and, with Drew and Del screaming for a pass, Fordy took aim and curled the ball away from the keeper and into the corner for what proved to be the winner.

KaisAyr had a chance to equalise when an unmarked forward saw his shot saved by Gee and the only other worry we had late on was when Stockers decided to give away a foul throw in line with our area but the danger was cleared.

Another win and another good performance as the Dicko juggernaut goes rolling on.