Game 640 24/01/10 Internet Football League
v Kaisayr at Holyrood Sports Centre 1-5 (0-2)
Martin Kelly, David McLean (Calum MacDonald), Calum Colquhoun (Allan MacKenzie), Stephen Fox, Jack Waugh, Stuart Waugh (Adam Walker), John Crosbie (Andy Dick), Craig McKenna, Paul Joyce (c), Andy McNaught jnr (Danny McFarlane) and Ally McNaught (Fraser Marr).
Our first game of a new year and incredibly the fourth decade that we have been playing fooball.
Before Christmas we had been struggling, as eleven defeats in a row clearly proves, but there were signs in our last game of the year against Ormond Saints that we were improving, and should have won that game especially after being 5-2 ahead.
A squad of nineteen had turned up for the Saints game in December and we were slightly down with only seventeen being present at Holyrood, and Robert who never got changed.
There was a temptation to start the game with the "older" guys in the squad but when the team was announced their was a blend of youth and experience in the starting line up.
Safehands was in goals as usual, and he had in front of him the experienced pair of Jack and Foxy in the middle with the youthful Davie and Young Calum at full back. Crossers and "his boy" Craig took the central midfield places with Stuart and Ally wide and Andy Boy and Paul were given the responsibility of getting the goals.
Kaisayr had an impressive record and we knew we had to all pull together if we were to get anything out of the game but their was a relatively positive mood in the camp.
The game started in a very high tempo and it was clear we had our work cut out against a strong Ayr side.
The visitors almost took the lead within a minute when a shot from outside the box struck both posts before being cleared and that was a let off we hadn't been getting before Christmas.
The defence was looking more solid than usual and the rest of the team was getting stuck in although we weren't getting into the Kaisayr half much.
For once Martin had little to do in goals, no bad thing, but we were disappointed to lose a soft goal when Ayr's Pete Noble scored from close range after a free kick.
To make matters worse Pete scored a second, again from close range, but the heads never went down and we kept battling away.
Just before the break we got our one chance of the half (Crossers claims he had a shot at goal in the first half but it couldn't have been much cop as I can't remember it) when Craig found himself in space on our right but his shot went wide.
It was a "well done" at half time for the effort and committment and six changes were made with Big Calum and Wee Al going on at full back, Adam, Andy D and Fraser going into midfield and Danny going up front. Kaisayr's five subs remained on the bench.
The pace of the game never changed in the second half but again we matched Ayr for effort and committment and managed to get some chances at goal.
It was a more open half and our defence pushed forward more which left spaces at the back which unfortunately Ayr exploited to get another couple of goals.
However, just after their fourth we pulled a goal back when Adam, who had done well down the right, found Paul in the area and his pass was met by Craig at the back post and he made no mistake.
We had earlier been denied a penalty when Paul got a shot on goal from a corner which appeared to strike a defender's hand on the line but the referee waved play on. Mind you there was a suspicion that the ball had hit the post but nothing was given anyway.
The Ayr keeper, who had been untroubled in the first half, was a lot busier and he made a brilliant save from a Craig header after Danny had swung over a corner.
Paul and Stuart, on for Foxy, also came close as we showed much more threat in attack.
A late fifth goal didn't dampen our spirits in a game where everybody gave 100% and we kept our shape throughout the game.
It might be a bad sign that people were happy after a 5-1 defeat but we won't come up against too many better sides than Ayr for the rest of the season.
Plenty of positives to take into a series of home games and our long awaited win can't be that far away now.
STAT OF THE DAY
Martin Kelly said, "well done, Crossers", seventeen times in the first half and six in the second despite Mr Crosbie getting taken off at half time.