Tantallon 3 Kelvinbridge 1

Starting 11 vs Kelvinbridge

Substitutes: Williams (Proctor), Moses (Wilson), Joe Neeson (Lewicki), John Neeson, Marky Thomson

Goals: Morrison, Proctor, #McQuadeForAlbion


Tantallon welcomed Kelvinbridge to The PSL Teamsports Arena this Saturday morning for the first clash between the two sides in the league this season. An earlier meeting over two legs in The Presidents cup saw a win apiece and a thrilling 10-9 penalty shootout.

Tantallon made only one change from last weekend’s victory away against Bengal with Haig coming in for Devlin who had a nipple strain he picked up doing something no-one was brave enough to ask him about.

The game kicked off and it was an even contest with both teams having spells of pressure. Chances came for the home side with Morrison hitting the far post with a stinging drive and Cunningham putting the ball over the bar from seven yards. The game was a real battle and not the prettiest to watch with little space on a tight park.

In the dying embers of the first half the ref awarded a very soft  free kick to Kelvinbridge around 25 yds from goal. The big Brummie lad Lee that plays at the back is actually a stick on to score against us when you think about it, eh? Sure enough, he stepped up and fired a shot which moved in the air causing  Shearer in goal to misjudge it and the visitors had the lead.

There was only time to take centre before the halftime whistle and the players came off to a very calm and positive half time teamtalk by Jan who told the guys that if they worked harder they would win.

The second half kicked off with The Tally shooting towards The Black Country End and early on got back on level terms. Morrison won a Sam Proctor corner in the box in the air and feeling the ball bounce at the back of his leg he spun and swung a boot at the ball to leave it nestling in the back of the net. A fantastic second half team performance was capped with brilliant individual ones from Morrison, Haig and McGinty. Morrison was enjoying one of his best games in recent weeks dictating the play for Tally and working hard to win the ball back when needed. Haig worked tirelessly up front and linked up well with McQuade while McGinty was another driving force in midfield covering every blade of grass to make tackles. At the back the home side were dominant and Martin, Cunningham and Reilly were the first to every ball forward while left back and Poland’s Greatest Ever Utility Player ™ Ross Lewicki asked if anyone on the sideline had a fag.

Proctor put Tally in the lead with a simple finish at the back post thanks to a great ball in from Morrison. We kept going looking for a third goal feeling we needed it to be sure of the result. When it came it was thanks to future West Bromwich Albion striker Richie McQuade who scored one of the best goals so far this season. Williams who had come on for Proctor picked up the ball wide left and floated an ball over the Kelvinbridge defence to McQude who let fly from 25 yards. The ball flew arrow straight smashing in off the underside of the bar. This kind of finishing  is in direct contrast to efforts from Mo and Ross prior to it. Mo had struck the ball from about five yards outside the box and hit the corner flag at one point. That’s pretty wild shooting.

Let’s talk about Ross’s miss though. One on one with the keeper. It’s a certain goal. It’s an invitation to score the position he’s in, right? I mean honestly. Even the most Doc Martin wearing centre half in the world is going to put this away.

What does Ross do? Rolls it back to the keeper. Proper rolls it. Like “Mr Goalkeeper here’s the ball back and you can have a wee kick at it if you want!”. Everyone was embarrassed for him. The teams on the next park were laughing and stuff. And that was an under 9′s game.

Three points on the board and won with a bit of style about our football second half. There will be a few more battles like this to be won before the end of the season.

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