Bengal Lancers 2 Tantallon 4

Starting 11 vs Bengal Lancers 11JAN14


Substitutions:- Joe Neeson (Ross Lewicki), Gordon Haig (Jimmy Wilson), Johnny Williams, (Sam Proctor), Moses (Mo Morrison), Pipkin (Robert Martin)

Goals: Morrison, McQuade (3)

Chairmon’s Man Of The Match – McQuade

Manager’s Man of The Match – McGinty


The club has been rocked to it’s core over the past two weeks with the “Training-gate” scandal. Firstly, last week,  Marky had to be treated for shock when Richie actually turned up to training. He only just got over this in time for when Richie turned up for training again the following week. There’s probably something in the bible about if he turns up a third time in a row. Fire and brimstone. Sky falling in. End of Days stuff.

The astro park the game was scheduled to be played on was called off early and Bengal were brilliant getting another park over at Loretto for the game to go ahead. The ref was happy to delay the kick off too so a convoy snaked across north Glasgow and out to Bishoppbriggs. The park thawed to a nice mush in time for a 10.30 kick off.

The manager named an unchanged 11 from the friendly win against Windlaw last week with a full bench of subs. He’s a tough job on his hands at present with every one of our 24 players wanting to make the match squad and we traveled with a full bench.

The game started with a bit of football from both sides but it was clear from the start the  pitch would cut up badly and that a battle would have to be fought as the conditions deteriorated. Snow and sleet was soon falling as Tantallon took the lead through Morrison. Proctor floated in a left footed free kick towards the pelanty spot and Morrison timed his run to meet it and power home the opener with his left foot. Bengal levelled the score with a ball over Reilly’s head from wide which crept in at the back post with Shearer caught flat footed. The home side increasingly went long with Tally trying to hit them on the break. McGinty, who was industrious in the midfield, had a strike from distance and there was still enough of a pitch for passing Tally’s way to a couple of decent attacking moves.

McQuade handed Tantallon the lead again before halftime with Proctor winning the ball from the Bengal keeper and squaring it to the future West Bromwich Albion striker who took a touch and lashed the ball home. Halftime came with the score still 2-1 to The Tally.

The second half was a battle from the start with players on both sides soon caked head to toe in mud. At one point Devlin fell on his face and stood up with it coated in mud like something out a 70′s TV comedy. Neeson came on for Lewicki who had hamstring trouble, and wanted a fag, filling the right back slot with Martin moving left. Bengal were going long and early and we were hemmed in for periods of the game having to defend as a single unit. They kept up the pressure scoring an equaliser through a stramash in the box. The ball was knocked to a Bengal player who the boys felt was offside but who slotted home for 2-2.

Williams replaced Proctor and Tantallon started to get out of our own half more often and in the ascendancy, Haig replaced Wilson going out wide left. Neeson had quickly got up to speed with the game and it was his ball from wide that found McQuade who turned and put Tally back in front. Moses replaced Morrison and had an immediate impact on the game playing well and helping us start more attacks. Martin was replaced with young Pipkin who went up front with McQuade. With only minutes to go Tantallon ensured all three points. Devlin, who had moved wide left drove into the box and was bearing down on the keeper when a mistimed challenge brought him down. McQuade made it three for him with the resultant pelanty kick.

4-2 to The Tally then and another three points in the league. Thanks to James and Doxy from Maryhill Black Star for coming down and supporting the team and to those following from afar for all their Tweets.

See before I go – our boots are ridiculous by the way. Roddy will be seething when he sees it. Some of them are like clown shoes. Reilly’s are like green disco balls. #ffs #sake

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