Baillieston batter ’Dale in a windy encounter
CARRADALE went into the President’s Cup match with no prospect of continuing in the competition due to having too few round robin points.
Baillieston, though, had to win by three goals to proceed and that is how it turned out.’
’Dale’s position going in gave the chance to play some youngsters and Ryan McGrory will have benefited from his 75 minutes. Elliot Gemmill also took to the 3G surface for 20 minutes.
Goalie Neil McMillan had a tough time but managed to add to his growing record of penalty saves with a great dive in the 84th minute.
With a fresh wind blowing, Baillieston decided to take advantage and played downwind in the first half. The on-shore breeze had depleted by late afternoon but became gustier which disrupted some ’Dale passes.
The visitors took the lead in the nineth minute. Due to the weather conditions ’Dale had played a high line which gave the visitor’s number eight a deep run. Unselfishly, on the edge of the box, he passed to the number nine, who with the easiest of chances scored.
Seven minutes later Baillieston doubled the lead though a throw-in to the number 10 from the edge of the box. He ran along the 18-yard line and thundered a left foot shot high into the net. Neil McMillan did not have a chance.
In the 20th minute ’Dale reduced the leeway and pulled a goal back. A loose ball came to Daniel Docherty and he struck a fine shot through a ruck of players which left the visitors’ goalie unsighted.
’Dale now held their own for 20 minutes and hoped that they could go into the second half on 2-1 and improve the situation with the wind in their favour.
It was not to be and in the 43rd minute a defensive error cost ’Dale another goal.
At the start of the second half Carradale changed to a 4-4-2 setup and for 15 minutes put the visitors under the cosh and were unlucky not to score.
’Dale used more subs but this unsettled the team. The visitors knew that they needed a fourth goal and in the 84th minute were rewarded.
McMillan ran out but was caught away from the sticks and could only look on as the ball raced past into the net. In the closing minutes, a bellicose Michael Charlwood was red carded by ref Archie Mitchell and departed for an early bath. Carradale have a free week and the next game is at home against Busby on September 16.
Johnstone was man of the match and Neil Galbraith Electrical Services sponsored the match ball.
Carradale goalkeeper Neil McMillan made some great saves, including punching the ball skyward.
Man of the match David Johnstone supporting Daniel Docherty.