Erskine Bridge FC 1 – Tantallon Victoria 0

Starting 11 vs Bridge

Subs: Richie McQuade (Neil McGinley) John Neeson (Davie Bonaccorsi), Mark Thompson (John Thomson) Jan Lewicki (Paul McNab)

 

A game in which… to start with there wisnae even a pitch. Wee mix up which was quite amusing due to the fact we still got a park to play. The boy who booked it had phoned up and heard “10 to 12″ as in from 10am to 12am as an 11.50 kick off…ten to twelve…oops.

Anyway apparently if you listen to the chat, we are honking on astroturf. This never used to be the case. We used to be honking on grass but now apparently - we aren’t – and everyone texts IS IT GRASS????? in a pleading, almost desperate tone, they way they used to when they prayed for astro. To be fair we’ve taken a couple of right cuffings on the plastic this season so I suppose a bit of trepidation is understandable.

For the first time this season we’ve enjoyed something like consistency of selection for the last few games or at least something not a billion miles from it. Perhaps it’s this or perhaps it’s the fact the pressure is off and we’ve been playing for nothing but pleasure that our good recent form carried on to the Glasgow Green pitch. We started brightly looking nothing like the team that had been swept aside by Bridge in the corresponding fixture a couple of weeks before. We were energetic and tried to move the ball about and it stuck well up front with both Devlin and Thomson capable of dropping off to find space and take the ball into feet. Devlin was the main target man initially showing all the battling qualities for which he is renowned. Out on the left Andy McNab was finding space in behind the fullback and a few good chances came our way as a result. The best chance of the first half saw Davie Bonaccorsi hit the bar, the winger also left frustrated on several occasions with offside decisions.

A pretty even first half, but one in which The Tally had the better chances,  continued in the same vein for the second. McQuade was introduced for McGinley, who had played despite a suspected broken foot, with Thomson showing versatility to slot back into midfield. Tantallon had chances but the game was to be decided by a moment of controversy. McNab in goal had been injured making a very brave challenge in the box. A few minutes later he cleared a back pass and went down clutching his thigh. Bridge won the ball and played it forward and as his team mates shouted to put the ball out, having spotted Paul lying injured in the box, Bridges striker passed the ball into the bottom corner. There is obviously no requirement for the ref to stop the game, however the team were absolutely furious at what we thought was pretty unsporting behavior.

The game restarted with most of the Bridge team inviting us to score a goal to even things up but it’s not our way. We wanted to get back into the game off our own efforts and a valiant last ten minutes saw us try and battle back onto level terms despite having to bring on Jan Lewicki. In goal. And not even for a laugh or anything. His goal kicks are atrocious by the way.

We were denied a certain penalty in the closing stages for a challenge on McQuade but the game was to end in defeat. There was much to be positive about in the performance though and we continued to show good team spirit and looked solid at the back.

Moment to savour… When the rain went off. #monsoon

Head in hands moment… Realising Jan was going in goal just weeks after hip replacement surgery.

PSL Teamsports Heros…. Gav got the nod for MOTM but Nico and Reilly at the back were top drawer.

On the sidelines… Thanks to those who braved the rain to support the team.

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