COMITTEE & COACHES v Heston Under 17's
By Thomas Carruthers
claimed the match ball with a first half hat-trick as the Coaches team extended ttheir unbeaten run to 10 yeas (mainly because they only play 1 or 2 marches per year.
Captain White won the toss and opted to play with a strong wind advantage in the opening half.
It was the lively looking White that opened the scoring on the quarter hour mark after he latched on to a Stuart Douglas header before rounding the keeper to slot the ball home.
The impressive Derek Douglas (modest as usual) doubled the lead a couple of minutes later as he showed instinctive reflexes to volley home under the keeper from 8 yards after a Petrie cutback was deflected into his path.
The under 17's retaliated almost immediately as a speculative effort from wide on the left by Dalziel deflected off Ovens and looped over Blackstock as he attempted what is now called a "Cammy Bell" with the ball ending up in the net to reduce the deficit.
Player Manager Petrie restored the 2 goal advantage for the "Oldies" when the 17's defence were posted missing allowing Petrie to slam the ball home from 10 yards.
White extended the lead to 4-1 after outpacing the 17's defence to slide the ball beyond the advancing Kingstree.
Douglas(Stuart this time) timed his deep run to perfection to volley home after great wing play and cross from White as the coaches went nap.
White completed his hat-trick just before the half time whistle after being found with a great Sturrock pass.
A special mention for Sturrock although playing centre half failed to get any of his 8 attempts on target !!!
At the interval Petrie rang the changes with the influential Ovens, Douglas, Sturrock and Petrie himself being sacrificed (mainly down to the fact they were blawin out their erses (Well in my case anyway, oh that and I suffered an injury)
It could have been the loss of the influential quartet (Or Possible the fact that the 17's had the strong wind advantage) that the 17's clawed their way back into the match with Jardine latching on to a loose ball to fire the ball high into the net to make the score 6-2.
Blackstock saved well as he collided with the far post in succeeded turning the ball round the post for a corner.
Bouyed by their pressure Thin further reduced he leeway to 3 goals after a mix up in the Coaches defence gave Thin the easist task of firing home from 8 yards.
White grabbed his 4th and the "Oldies 7th to snuff out any chance the "Youngies" thought they had of getting into the match although Thin crashed a shot off the base of the post with 10 minutes remaining.
2 Minutes from time Small broke the offside trap before cooly slotting the ball home to make the final score Coaches 8 Under 17's 3.
The unbeaten run continues !!!