Tantallon Victoria 2 – Bengal Lancers 1

Starting 11 vs Bengal Lancers

Goals: #McQuadeForAlbion, Reilly.

Substitutes: Scott Keys (Thomson), Gordon Haig (Bonacorrsi), Neil McGinley, John Neeson, Jan Lewicki (Wim Doomed)

A game in which… For the second week on the trot we played a striker who was wearing the number six. I’m not going to go on about this excessively or anything but COME ON. Six is a centre half or a defensive mid. At a push I’d cope with number six out wide but I’d be wincing. Six up front I’m throwing a berky. I mean six. UP FRONT.


The match kicked off with Tantallon attacking The David Smith End but it was to be a first half which belonged to Bengal. Probably cos they didn’t have number six playing as a striker. Bengal worked tirelessly to deny us space and press the ball and got it forward and wide quickly for willing runners. The home side looked out of sorts and tried to claw a way into the match despite having number six playing as a striker. Bengal were frustrating opponents and deserve credit for the way they defended corners and set pieces around the box flooding the six yard box with players to win the ball in the air. It was a dogged display from the visitors and out lack of passing and talking led to a scrappy match where chances for us were few and far between.

When we went back to front quickly we had our best chances of the first half with Thommo being on the end of our two best ones. The first was a long ball to the back post which was just too far ahead of the big striker (WHO WAS WEARING SIX REMEMBER) for him to get more than the merest of touches on. The second was another long ball which put him in a one on one with the keeper. As the ball came down Thommo struck it putting it over the bar, clearly confused by the number on his back.

Bengal capped off a good first half for them by taking the lead. Last ditch defending from us and a stramash in the box ended up with a Bengal player, who wasn’t wearing six up front, lashing the ball past Shearer in the Tantallon goal. Manager Jan Lewicki had the hairdryer out at half time then, and after he’d finished blow drying assistant Marky’s wig, he told the players he was a bit disappointed in our first half display and asked them if they would kindly play a little better in the second half if it wasn’t too much trouble.

Finally seeing the insanity of having a striker wearing number six a single change at half time saw Thomson replaced by Keys and Tally going more 4-5-1 with Quado as the lone striker and Morrison supporting. Keys and Wilson took control of the midfield and Tantallon control of the match. A series of corner kicks were signs that a goal was coming and eventually it did. A long throw from The Brazilian Enclosure initially came right across the box to McQuade who went for the spectacular with a scissor kick. Don’t let Quado fool you into thinking it then flew into the top corner as the visitors keeper possibly might feel he could have done better to stop what really was a trundler that squirmed it’s way into the back of the net for 1-1. The poor guy was probably still in shock that a team would have a striker who wore number six.

Keys came close with a stinging drive which curled at the last milli-second to go past the left hand post. The guys from Maryhill Black Star had come down to support us – great sporting gesture which we returned in the afternoon – and had already decided that Chris Reilly should be Man of The Match. It proved a fantastic choice as it was our own Rio who popped up with the winner turning another long throw inside the far post. It was another trundler to be fair and seemed to take an age to go in but we deserved a bit of luck for the effort and team spirit we had shown in the second half.

A win when not playing particularly well then but lots of praise to the guys for digging in second half and getting the result.

Moment to savour… Celebrations for Reilly’s winner were magic (but his boots are still awful).

Head in hands moment… Number six up front. Gav even says in the dressing room “Why am I wearing nine out on the wing? It’s daft. You’ve got six up front Jan. What the hell’s that all about?”. He’s right you know.

PSL Teamsports Heros… Reilly held it together at the back for us and Keys made the difference second half. We’re lucky to have them.

On the sidelines… Great to have the Motown loving Maryhill boys on the sidelines with us – defo what proper football is all about. Was delighted to return the gesture in the afternoon (even though I missed the first half cos I went to Lochinch instead of Milton…)

Guys at Bengal are brand new and enjoyed speaking to them about the cost of Scottish Cup ties after the match. Look forward to two more action packed games against them this season. Good luck to them till then.

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