Semi-Final heartache

Posted on Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Yesterday we lost out to an excellent Stirling University side in another tight game. Neither side asked too many questions of either g/k despite the quality of football on show. The pace and tempo of the game yesterday belonged at a higher level. Defensively, as a collective unit Stirling were excellent, defending their own box as if their lives depended on it.

In my preview of the game I stated my feeling that we had improved since our previous meeting vs. Stirling…it may seem strange to some others but for me yesterday confirmed I was right. Speaking with Eddie after the game, he knows that there is very little between the sides…both camps have a great deal of respect for each other.

I know from my time in University football that University sides can and do enjoy some advantages over other sides, notably in terms of physical preparation and camaraderie. However, the one key advantage often over-looked is the number of games Uni’ sides play…the chance to apply lessons learned sooner rather than later…a fast track training programme to developing ‘game know-how’ and how to win strategies.

There’s no shame whatsoever in losing to Stirling University, if Rafa Nadal loses to Novak Djokovic does it make Rafa a bad player…of course not, it simply means Novak was the better player on the day. Stirling edged us out in another tight affair yesterday…they have earned the little touches of good fortune they have enjoyed to date and so far as a Team, we’ve not been able to execute as well as we would have hoped (and have prepared for) at the top end of the pitch yet.

Lessons learned have already been banked and will continue to occupy our thoughts over the next day or so as we begin to look forward again. Despite our disappointing result yesterday we remain in good shape…everyone is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities on the horizon…the ‘log has been placed on the fire’ as we look forward with our aspirations very much intact. Ds

Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 27th April
Opponent: Peterhead
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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