A disappointing day all round

Posted on Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Overshadowing all the football today was the news that David Etale our striker currently doing duty in Afganistan was injured yesterday along with two of his colleagues in a bomb blast.  We don’t have many details but we do know that David is in hospital, and that his two colleagues are in a much worse state than him.  As we get more news we will update the website.  

David - we're all hoping for a swift recovery

David - we're all hoping for a swift recovery

In the Scottish Cup today we went down 1 – 0 to Forfar Athletic in a very close encounter.  Forfar had the best of the opening 15 minutes as their long ball tactics were putting us under pressure.  Once we got to the pace of the game we did really well for the remainder of the half.  Keith Mcleod twice broke through on the left hand side but his efforts were blocked.  Gavin Malin then came close with a long range drive as we continued to have the bulk of the possession.  Forfar did however have the best chance of the half just on half time when Harty fired over.  The talking point of the half was when Ross Campbell twice handled the ball as it bounced about but the referee didn’t see a problem despite the shouts from the big home support.

We had a superb start to the second half and forced five early corners.  Keith had an effort which the ‘keeper just saved before pressure from Gavin saw their full back almost score an own goal.  Robbie Manson and Alex King both had efforts blocked and it looked like we were about to score however as often happens it was Fofar who scored on the break.  Templeman scoring when his shot on the hour mark was deflected in off Kevin Sivewright.  The big striker had turned well in the box and his goal was a reward for a good afternoon’s work.

For the remainder of the game we still had the bulk of the possession but couldn’t break down their resolute defence.  Donal Henretty came closest with a right foot drive just wide of the post and we had another shout for a penalty for handball but again the referee waved aside the claims.  Forfar did look dangerous on the break and they managed to hold on.  Over the 90 minutes it was an even game but Forfar scored the important goal, they go into the hat for the 4th round draw with our best wishes.

Our man of the match today was Alex King, a booking but his midfield performance was excellent. Team: Flockhart, Archibald, Gerrard, Sivewright, Fowlie, King, Manson, Malin, Henretty, McLeod, Hoskins (Kader 75) Subs not used: O’Donnell, Smith, McGarrie, McAuley

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Keith breaking through

Keith breaking through


Our Junior team also went down today, losing 2 – 0 to Haddingston in a league game.  We had 70% of possession but missed chances, especially in the first half when Paul Sutherland and Struan Preston both missed from close range.  Their second came in the dying minutes as we chased an equaliser. Team: Paterek, Cruickshank, Sutherland (Cartwright), Antoni, Hutchison, Scott, Perry (Reid), Bannon (Robertson), Moffat, Preston, K Young

Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 13th April
Opponent: Stranraer FC
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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