Saturday 27th September
Friendly v Cartsbridge at Woodfarm
David Stewart; John Crosbie (Stephen Fox), Allan Mackenzie (Sean Connolly), Alan Galindo, Allan Lennox; Gary Duncan, Craig McKenna, Graeme McQuarrie (Andy Dick); Derek Muir, Ally McNaught (c), Scott Macrae
Another hastily arranged game, this time on Saturday morning against a team from the Church League.
The opposition were Cartsbridge the team that our Stu Waugh plays for and they had a free week so we were happy to travel to Woodfarm to play them.
We had fifteen in the squad which was excellent for a Saturday morning and Sean travelled down from Granton-on-Spey to play. Foxy also made a rare appearance but the Boss stuck as much as he could to the Kaisayr team with Crossers starting at right back.
Ally was up front and wearing the armband as he has been promoted to vice captain whilst CC is injured.
With LHD, Adam, Robert, Ross, CC and Craig McQuarrie all missing through work and injury it shows that we have a large squad this season.
The Cartsbridge team were a young side with Stu at right back and they would be a hard team to beat.
However, we started well and Lenny had a header tipped round the post by the keeper after a Gee free kick.
Going forward we were looking pretty sharp and a good move saw Craig find Sebo in space but he shot over.
After fifteen minutes we were ahead when, like a pickpocket in Buchanan Street at Christmas, Sebo stole the ball off a defender who was trying to be smart in his own area. Like the previous week against Kaisayr, Sebo cut the ball back to Graeme who made no mistake.
We weren’t ahead for long as a long ball up the park caught us out and a Cartsbridge guy got clear and shot under David’s body for the equaliser.
The home side were the better team for the next quarter of an hour as they closed us down really quickly making it difficult for us to put any passes together.
Eventually we managed to get up field and behold a miracle happened, Jim the Ref awarded us a penalty.
Graeme had already been fouled early on in the area but naturally the appeal got waved away but this time Sebo was fouled and, without checking it was in the box, Jim blew his whistle for a foul. No linesmen (or Assistants) to confer with so we got our first home penalty since March. Lenny stepped up and calmly placed the ball just past the keeper to put us back ahead.
Just before the break Crossers made a great run from right back (as you would expect) and Del picked him out perfectly with a pass. In plenty of space, the goal at his mercy, Grandpa sclafed a “shot” wide and the half time whistle went with us 2-1 ahead.
On came Foxy and Sean at the break with both full backs having a breather.
Cartsbridge also made a change with Stu going in goals and he made an excellent tip over from a shot from Del to show that he’s not just an okay defender.
The second half was a lot easier for us than the first had been and we played some nice passing football on the 3g pitch.
Just after the hour mark the impressive Del made a run down the left and his cut back was turned into goal by Graeme, in the right position as usual.
It wasn’t all one way traffic though and David did well a couple of times by coming off his line to smother attacks. I’ll just repeat that for the disbelievers out there, David came off his line well.
At the other end Cartsbridge had to change their keeper again when Stu hurt his ankle and another player limped off as well. As they didn’t have any subs The Goat (“I’m a central midfielder”) and Crossers volunteered to play for the opposition. This was at least the 15th team that Crossers has played for against us but the first Church team. As he said, “only a prison team to go”, watch this space.
Player of the Day Del was still causing Cartsbridge plenty of problems and he set up Sean whose first shot was saved but he curled in the rebound for our fourth goal.
Here endeth the scoring and an impressive performance against a good team.