24/08/14 - Friendly
v United Glasgow at Toryglen Football Centre
Alan Galindo; Gary Duncan, Calum Colquhoun (Craig McQuarrie), Allan Mackenzie, Allan Lennox; Ross Dunbar (c), Craig McKenna, Andy Dick; Ally McNaught, Scott Macrae (Michael Cameron), Adam Walker
A new opponent at Toryglen as United Glasgow challenged us to a game.
United Glasgow are a team who were formed to provide a point of access to regular, structured football for those who would usually find themselves excluded; financially or by discrimination, this includes asylum seekers and refugees.
Initially we were told that we would be playing their B Team but it turned out that it was their A Team and they had a very large squad, and spectators, with them.
We had a squad of fourteen for this 3pm kick off and Gee was in goals as David was injured and we were also missing Sean who has started his new teaching job in Granton-in-Spey. Gary and CC were at full back with Wee Al and Lenny in central defence; Ross, Craig and Andy made up the midfield; and Sebo, Ally and Adam were up front.
The United side looked a pretty good team and they started off at a fair pace and put us on the back foot.
It looked like a game where we would have to work very hard to get anything out of it and, after defending stoutly for the first ten minutes, we took a surprise lead.
A United defender tried to play the ball out from the back but Sebo intercepted the attempted pass to shoot past the keeper for the opener. Excellent work by our bulky forward who didn’t give the United defence any peace during the game.
However, the lead lasted a minute !
The United right winger was getting a lot of space and his runs into wide positions were causing a lot of danger. Just after our goal he again received the ball on the right and put over a low cross which Wee Al tried to clear but only succeeded in putting the ball into the bottom corner past Gee.
Not long after this United went ahead when their talented number 16 “Neymar” picked up the ball in the middle of the park, glided past a couple of tackles then fired an unsaveable shot into the top corner for a superb goal.
United were well on top but we were battling hard although we had to make a change when CC limped off and Antics came on with Ally going to left back. The fact that CC was up against United’s fast right winger is purely a coincidence and I’m sure he really was “injured” !
Despite having most of the possession United weren’t creating many chances and we were defending well and managing to play the ball out of defence with a bit of style.
With the minutes ticking away in the first half Sebo burst down the right wing and put over a great cross which Adam stroked home for the equaliser.
It was great to be level but unbelievably we went ahead just before the half time whistle as Sebo again burst down the right and this time his cross was controlled by Adam before the nippy wee winger blasted the ball home high into the net.
At the interval United changed most of their team whilst we kept Shimmy and Camzo in reserve.
Due to United’s changes they weren’t the same team as the first half but still regained most of the possession however our defence and midfield kept them in check and they had few chances.
We showed a lot of composure in the second half and probably played as well as we have done for a long time with everybody sticking to their task.
A free kick from United struck the bar but in general Wee Gee wasn’t troubled and we were defending well as a team.
With just over ten minutes left we sealed the win with a fourth goal from a corner. Gary made a superb run from right back and, although he lost the ball, he kept on battling away and won a corner on the right. Adam swung the kick into the middle to Craig whose header was cleared off the line. The ball rebounded to Ross and he made no mistake from close range.
There was still time for a Camzo Cameo but despite that United couldn’t get back into the game and we ran out 4-2 winners.
It was an excellent victory against a talented and fit United side and Gary was the deserved Player of the Day but we were spoiled for choice due to the all-round performance.
Back to the JB Pavilion for an afternoon of sandwiches, drink and good company.