‘Dale cut down East­wood for sea­son’s first win

Campbeltown Courier - - SPORT -

A Car­radale team of young­sters and veter­ans in their mid-30s tasted vic­tory, and it was away, for the first time since last sea­son. The East Kin­tyre side trav­elled, with the bare min­i­mum of play­ers, last Satur­day and af­ter some mon­u­men­tal losses in Septem­ber re­turned to form on Glas­gow’s South­side. It was the first time ’Dale had taken on East­wood on the team’s ‘great grass park’. ’Dale put the older guys, Ewan McIl­roy and Johnny McCormick, in cen­tral de­fence and it proved a good move to have older hands at the back with the younger play­ers from mid-to-front. Car­radale were solid in de­fence in the first half, leav­ing goalie Archie McKel­lar only need­ing to make one save be­fore the break. El­liot Gem­mill had the best chances in the first half but the 0-0 score­line showed how the teams were evenly matched. It was also the first time this sea­son that ’Dale had not con­ceded at least one goal in the first half. Car­radale made the best pos­si­ble start in the sec­ond half scor­ing two great goals in four min­utes. In the 47th minute a long ball, through man-of-the-match El­liot Gem­mill, put pres­sure on the East­wood goalie. He mis­cued to Char­lie Lang, on his de­but start, and Lang thumped it into the net. Two min­utes later DJ picked up a loose ball from 30 yards out and un­leashed a pow­er­ful, left foot, shot into the corner of the net. The McFadyens Trans­port-spon­sored Kin­tyre side did well to con­tain East­wood for the next 15 min­utes. Lang took an in­jury to his shoul­der and in the fi­nal quar­ter the Kin­tyre play­ers had their backs to the wall, con­tin­u­ing to have prob­lems with the height of many of East­wood’s play­ers. In the 84th minute, af­ter a corner from the left, ’Dale could not clear the ball and East­wood scored from four yards out. In the fi­nal five or six min­utes ’Dale bat­tled in de­fence to get their first points of the sea­son. To­mor­row Car­radale are home in the league against Wester­lands GG on the mead­ows. Kick off 2pm.

Just five months ago El­liot Gem­mill is seen in ac­tion for Camp­bel­town Pupils U16s.

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