Westerlands 3 – Tantallon Victoria 2

Starting 11 vs Westerlands

Subs – Andy Cannon, Gordon Haig (Gavin Devlin), Neil McGinley (Ramsay-Lewis), John Neeson, Thomas Jamieson.

Goals: Morrison, #McQuadeForAlbion

Tally were unfortunate not to secure at least a replay against a very good Westerlands side in The Scotchland Cup. Westerlands, who are a Glasgow University Alumina side, have a history which stretches back to 1967 – coincidentally a special year for manager Jan Lewicki. For it was in that year, as the sprightly young 32 year old center half he was then, Jan lifted the Polish National Fisherman’s Cup in front of a capacity crowd on the red ash park next to Lodz docks despite ┬áscoring two own goals, conceding a penalty and being sent off.


We were looking for a speedy start this week but Chris Reilly started too early, being caught breaking the 30 limit on the way to the game he went into some other kind of man in black’s book than normal. I assume he didn’t argue about it for five minutes like usual as he still made the game. The match kicked off and we could see we were up against a good side with a game plan and we had to get to grips with lots of long diagonal balls out wide. A very eachy-peachy first half progressed with Tantallon thinking we should have taken the lead having settled in well. Reilly hit the post with Keys there to follow up but his effort was judged not to have crossed the line despite the opposition defender clearing the ball from two yards past the line.

We might argue that we’d had slightly better the chances come half time then and the second half we went out determined to get something out of the game. If you could bet on our games you’d always want to bet an opposition player for first goalscorer. Sticking to the script a ball out wide put the winger in behind Lewicki (the good looking one) and we didn’t really recover the situation quickly enough before there was a shot at goal and the home side had the lead.

It was less than a minute though before we were back all square. Knocking the ball about on the left young Ramsay-Lewis picked up the ball and drew a couple of players in. Morrison was in space inside of him and took the square pass. At this point Mo is thinking “What’s the best thing to do here?”. Having thought about being 35 years from goal and with space to run into with the ball, the big fellah decided the best thing to do was to send a rocket straight into the top left hand corner leaving the keeper absolutely no chance from exactly where he was standing. So he took a touch. And did it.

For a minute I actually thought he’d celebrate it. He got absolutely mobbed after it went in. Brilliant spirit.

The game really could go either way now. Westerlands scored again but heads never went down and we went at them again with Morrison turning provider this time with a great pass into the box for McQuade. Quado held off a defender, took the ball round the keeper and slotted home a deft finish for our second equaliser of the game. Haig was introduced for Devlin second half and Ramsay-Lewis came off for McGinley. With the game going into the last five a draw looked a fair result with a replay to come. Unfortunately we switched off at a corner and Westies won the game with a header from six yards out.

We were fantastic as a team today though and really enjoyed the game. Couple of the guys have said they fancy another game against Westerlands in the future and I agree. Good luck to them for the rest of the season and thanks for the great hospitality.

Thanks to all who came down to watch and support!



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