Saturday 25th October 2014
Friendly v Mearns Churches at Cowan Park
Alan Galindo; Robert Shimmons (Fraser Anderson), Ally McNaught (c), John Crosbie, Allan Lennox: Gary Duncan, Craig McKenna (Craig McQuarrie), Raymond Ford; Graeme McQuarrie, Derek Muir, Scott Macrae
Another game against a team from the Church League obviously on a Saturday morning. This time it was Mearns Churches who were our opponents and our Andy Dick arranged this game and he was in goals for the opposition.
The game was on grass at Cowan Park in Barrhead, which is a huge area with room for fourteen pitches, and the pitch was in good order despite the heavy rain. There was also a freezing cold wind blowing across the pitch which made conditions a bit uncomfortable.
Boab, Crossers and Graeme all came into the starting line-up after the Hearts game with Gee going in goals as David was unavailable.
The Mearns team looked pretty decent and had plenty of height so we knew we would be in for a difficult game.
And the early stages of the game were certainly difficult as Mearns raced into a two goal lead after only twelve minutes.
First a cross from our left was stroked home from close range then a cross from the right came over into the area, Ally slid in and immediately thought, “What would Wee Al do ?”, and naturally the ball ended up in the back of the net for Mearns’ second.
At last we got into the game and a through ball sent Sebo clear but his shot was parried away by Andy.
Five minutes later and Sebo got us a goal back when he cleverly headed home from close range after a cross from Craig.
The game was more even now and Ray showed some tricky footwork in the Mearns area before his shot was kicked away by Andy.
Half time came with the Mearns ahead and Boab made way for Fraser at right back at the break.
There was a slope on the pitch and we were shooting downhill in the second half so this gave us a chance to take control of the game.
However, despite our pressure, we couldn’t create many chances and Andy was largely untroubled in the Mearns goal.
Antics made his long awaited return after injury when he came on as a sub and he got presented with the chance of the game with about ten minutes remaining. Lenny put the ball across the six yard box and, with the goal gaping, Antics missed the ball completely to the relief of the home side.
By this time both our centre backs had joined the attack and this gave Mearns a couple of chances when they were through one on one with Gee but he did well to save the shots.
Despite our pressure and a string of corners we couldn’t get an equaliser and our unbeaten run was at an end.
After the game it was back to the JB Pavilion to watch action from the Nepalese Second Division along with a Beetroot Panini.
Next up it’s St. Kevin The Devine Select………………