Spartans have bouncebackability – shout it McLeod and clear!

Posted on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

A Keith McLeod double inspired a Spartans side who dominated this season’s early surprise package Selkirk en route to a 5-1 win at Ainslie Park.

The Scottish Sun Lowland League holders were keen to get back on the winning track after Saturday’s disappointing defeat at Gretna and they did so with some style.

Early play saw Spartans create a host of chances, the pick of them a 30 yard thunderstrike from Craig Stevenson that stung the fingers of the Selkirk keeper who tipped it over the bar.

Moments later, Spartans took the lead.  Keith McLeod was foiled by Jamie Newman before Willie Bremner earned his side a corner.  Dead ball specialist Jack Beesley whipped an in-swinger on to the head of Errol Douglas and the big striker powered home.

In a relatively one-sided first half, Spartans failed to take advantage of some glorious opportunities, with Beesley hitting over from close range whilst Douglas was foiled as Newman got low to cut off his inviting cut-back across the box.

Selkirk had an opportunity in the 35th minute when Julio Tonnelle’s free-kick cleared the Spartans wall but also the goals and it ruffled the roof of the net rather than hitting the inside of it.

It looked like Spartans were potentially going to go in at the break with an extended lead after Bremner raced in on goal from the half-way line, only for Referee Peter Stuart to pull play back for an infringement on Kevin Sivewright.

Half Time: Spartans 1-0 Selkirk

It was a welcome back to the goals ten minutes into the second half when Keith McLeod converted following a pass of pin-point precision from Craig Stevenson.

A rampant Spartans raced on and two goals in as many minutes killed of any feint hopes of a Selkirk revival.

In the 67th minute, McLeod looked to have grabbed himself another when his header and shot looked to have evaded Newman however it was the unfortunate Sean Guiney who got the final touch.

Then moments later, Willie Bremner got in on the act, putting his laces through the ball to bulge the back of the onion bag to make it 4-0.

The icing on the cake came with ten minutes left on the clock as Man of the Match McLeod flicked the ball past the Selkirk keeper to find the net for a second time much to the delight of the home support.

A consolation goal for the visitors came with five minutes left on the clock.  A mix up between Mikey Bruce and Kevin Swain saw Phil Addison nip in between the two and lob the stranded Spartans keeper to grab a goal.

Final Score: Spartans 5-1 Selkirk

Spartans Captain Kevin Sivewright was delighted in the way his side hit back after the weekend’s loss. “Saturday was disappointing but I thought the lads played very well tonight in response.

“The amount of chances we created showed exactly how well we can play and it was good to back on winning ways and scoring a handful on the way.

“Beezer’s (Jack Beesley) crosses in the first half were causing all sorts of problems and were first class deliveries.  It was good to get the early goal as it settled us down and from there, we never looked like losing although it was disappointing to lose a goal at the end.”

Team v Selkirk: Swain, Grant, Cennerazzo, Sivewright, Bruce, Stevenson, Beesley, Bremner, Douglas McLeod, Brown Subs: (Muhsin), O’Donnell, Beacher, Henretty, Thomson, Gilpin

Next Fixture

Date: 23/07/24
Opponent: Forfar Athletic
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: Premier Sports Cup
Kick off: 7.45pm

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