Half-time reshuf­fle fails to lift Car­radale

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Greater Glas­gow AFL

Bel­laire 4 Car­radale 3

CAR­RADALE trav­elled to Gourock to take on a new look Bel­laire side who re­cently amal­ga­mated with Broomhill AFC from Greenock.

The match started in blus­try con­di­tions which made it dif­fi­cult for both sides.

With no recog­nised goal­keeper, it was Dean McCal­lum who had to step in and play in the ’Dale goal.

The first chance of the game fell to the Kin­tyre side. After eight min­utes Daniel Docherty’s 20-yard shot struck the up­right but the same player did open the scor­ing cou­ple of min­utes later.

The McFadyens Trans­port-spon­sored side gained a free-kick 25 yards from goal and Docherty fired an un­stop­pable shot high into the roof of the net.

Un­fort­nately, the visi­tors lead only lasted two min­utes. The Kin­tyre side’s de­fence moved out to leave two of the home team’s strik­ers in an offside po­si­tion but no whis­tle blew as their num­ber nine slipped the ball passed McCal­lum for the equaliser.

Good for­tune

The home side upped their game after their good for­tune and cre­ated a cou­ple of good chances. They took the lead in the 26th minute when a ball over the top put their striker through on goal and he made it a brace as he tucked away into McCal­lum’s left hand corner.

Car­radale had a great chance to draw level in the 40th minute when they were awarded a penalty be­cause of a hand-ball.

The usu­ally re­li­able Docherty failed to hit the tar­get from the spot kick.

Two min­utes from the break Bel­laire scored their third; it came from a cross on the left that found their un­marked num­ber seven in the six-yard box and he passed the ball into the net.

The visi­tors shuf­fled the pack at half time.

Ewan McIl­roy went into goals, Docherty moved into cen­tral de­fence, McPhail and McBrayne into cen­tral mid­field and David Johnstone moved up front.

This paid off in the 51st minute with McBrayne’s pre­cise pass to Johnstone. He took one touch be­fore belt­ing the ball into the net from 16 yards.

The visi­tors pro­duced their best spell of the match push­ing for a goal to try and draw level, un­for­tu­nately it never came and it was the home side that scored in the 68th min.

A break­away down the right wing put a cross in and their num­ber 10 got in be­tween the cen­tral de­fender and goal­keeper to slide the ball home.

The Kin­tyre side pulled it back to 4-3 in the 71st minute. Johnny McCormck pick-pock­eted the cen­tre half and hit a del­i­cate chip over the goal­keeper into the net. There was no fur­ther scor­ing and the Greenock side took all three points.

For the umpteenth time this sea­son Car­radale was the stronger team in the sec­ond half, but to pick up more points they will have to stop giv­ing teams goals at the start.

Man of the match was John Williams. Car­radale’s next fix­ture is an away league game against Boswell on Satur­day.

Daniel Docherty in ac­tion in Septem­ber.

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