Sunday 27th July 2014
Friendly v Garrowhill Over 35’s at Toryglen (indoor)
David Stewart; Ally McNaught, Calum Colquhoun, Allan Lennox, Craig McKenna; Gary Duncan, Andy Dick, Ross Dunbar (c); Sean Connolly, Adam Walker, Graeme McQuarrie. Subs (all used) David Blair, Robert Shimmons, Scott Kilpatrick, Andy McNaught
Our 28th season kicked off at Toryglen on the huge indoor pitch against Garrowhill.
It was Day 1 of the Commonwealth Games Athletics at Hampden so the area was full of people waiting to get into the “National Stadium”.
Thankfully all our squad managed their way through the hordes and we ended up with an impressive fifteen as the new season began.
The old guys from Garrowhill chose the venue and must have regretted it early on as new Club Captain Ross Dunbar put us into the lead after only five minutes when he calmly stroked the ball home from inside the area.
Wee Lenny made it two with a header from a corner then Ross lobbed Big Jim in the Garrowhill goal from 25 yards to lead to the first “Goal of the Season” shout from wee Galindo on the sidelines.
Talking of Gee. He successfully came through a knee operation recently and is working his way back to fitness with a deadline of early September for his long awaited comeback.
It looked like being a rout to the youngsters but, a minute after our third goal, a shot from 30 yards bounced off the underside of the bar and into the net to put the hosts back in the game.
Coincidentally the Boss had started using his subs at this point to stop people getting too knackered.
Just before half time Gee was on his feet again shouting for another Season’s Goal contender as Ross burst down the left then put over a great cross which Adam back heeled to Andy D and he coolly finished into the corner.
More changes at the interval to keep things fresh but it was Garrowhill who pulled one back when a header flashed past David from close range.
Like all our games against Garrowhill it was end to end stuff and Ross picked out Gary with a cross to the back post and the wee baldy guy managed to get the ball into the net from a tight angle.
A curling free kick just after the hour brought Garrowhill back into the game before Adam, last season’s Top Scorer, (trophies in the post) hit a shot which went under Big Jim’s body and into the net to make it 6-3.
Our opponents were struggling with the pace of the game and the size of the pitch and Graeme fired in a 25 yarder to make it seven before Craig, playing at centre half, ran the length of the pitch before shooting home for our eighth goal.
There was still time left for the Boss to make a cameo appearance but Garrowhill couldn’t take advantage.
An excellent opening performance and shows that the coaching and training that Jim the Ref has been giving the squad is working (pint Jim, thanks).
Back to the Montford to watch the racing on the big screen as the Games took second place in their sporting world.
Player of the Day: Ross Dunbar, a captain’s performance