Goal-fest sees Spartans shell-shock Selkirk in 11-2 rout

Posted on Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Keith McLeod grabbed his third hat-trick of the season as Spartans beat Selkirk 11-2 to finish 2013 at the top of the Scottish Sun Lowland League.

Spartans and Selkirk served up a 13 goal feast as the top v bottom sides in the Lowland League met at Ainslie Park ahead of the festive league break.

The home side were forced into a late change when Jack Blaikie was injured in the warm-up and his place was taken by Ross Gilpin.

Spartans started off with great intent as Dougie Samuel’s men attacked from the opening whistle.

Gary Cennerazzo made a lung-bursting run up the stand-side touchline before threading the ball through to Willie Bremner.  Bremner squared it to Whatley but his shot at goal was a tame affair.

It was akin to the Siege of the Alamo as Spartans camped themselves in the Selkirk danger zone before eventually breaking down the Borders men in the 14th minute.

Alan Brown cut inside before pushing the ball to Keith McLeod who turned in the box before slotting the ball past Amos with a fine left-foot strike to grab his 258th of his Spartans career. 1-0.

It was a second for the home side in the 17th minute.  Chris Anderson forced a great save out of the Selkirk keeper however it was only a temporary respite.  From the resultant corner, John Grant leaped like a salmon to head into the net. 2-0.

McLeod made it three 90 seconds later.  Beesley making a trademark run down the line before whizzing the ball across the six-yard line and McLeod slid in to grab his second of the game. 3-0.

26 minutes down and there was no let up for the basement boys as Beesley latched onto a through ball and raced in on goal before unleashing an unstoppable strike to make it 4-0.

Selkirk were struggling to retain possession and make progress across the halfway line as Spartans threatened to score at every opportunity on the break.

It was 5-0 in the 37th minute.  Brown won an aerial challenge on the edge of the Selkirk box, knocking the ball into the path of Bremner  who blasted the ball low and hard across the outstretched Amos for the pick of the afternoon’s goals.

With the visitors keen to hear the Referee’s whistle to bring the half to a close, McLeod grabbed his hat-trick. A fine move by Cennerazzo allowed McLeod to shape himself in between defender and the goal to slide it into the bottom corner out of the despairing reach of the out of luck keeper.

Half-Time: Spartans 6-0 Selkirk

Sean Mushin made a return from injury at the break alongside Robbie Ross who came on for Mark Whatley and hat-trick hero Keith McLeod.

It took a full ten minutes before Spartans scored their 7th.  Beesley raced down the wing before playing the ball to Mushin who jinked one way, then the other before grabbing a goal on his comeback.  7-0.

Selkirk pulled one back in the 69th minute.  It was an unfortunate OG from Danny O’Donnell who tried to cut out an Addison cross, but only succeeded in directing the ball past Bennett it into his own net. 7-1

Before the re-start, Beacher was introduced into the fray, replacing Brown.  Within seconds, he scored Spartans eight goal of the afternoon.  Beelsey was tackled as he pressed in the box, the ball breaking to Beacher who smashed the ball into the net. 8-1.

Beacher went from scorer to provider in the 72nd minute where he latched on to an Anderson ball down the middle before drawing the keeper in and squaring it to Ross for the easiest goal of his Spartans career so far. 9-1.

Addison made it 9-2 in the 87th minute when he broke the offside trap and as Bennett came out to the edge of the box to narrow the angle, he clipped it over the Spartans keeper’s outstretched arm into the empty net.  9-2.

With only 3 minutes to go, the goal scoring wasn’t quite finished yet!

Bremner grabbed his second of the afternoon in the 89th minute following some fine play by Beacher in the corner.  The substitute having a tremendous impact on the game in the 20 minutes he’d been on the park. 10-2.

There was to be no season of goodwill either, as on the stroke of full time, Beesley found himself in the box and after a wee stramash involving a melee of legs, the ball broke free and he bulleted it into the unguarded net to finish the remarkable afternoon of scoring.

Final Score: Spartans 11-2 Selkirk.

Malt and Hops Man of the Match: Jack Beesley.

Team vs Selkirk: Bennett, Grant, Cennerazzo, Sivewright, O’Donnell, Anderson, Brown, Whatley, Bremner, McLeod, Beesley.  Subs: Mushin, Ross, Beacher, Motion, Gilpin.


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