A day for the statisticians as zero goals are conceded

A day with a statistic that surely won’t be repeated for a long time as no opposition side was able to score against any of our sides that were in action. Five clean sheets and five wins is something to behold with a fair few goals included for our players as well.

In the earlier of the two Cup fixtures at Mosgiel’s Memorial Park, our Women’s Premier side faced a home side who we had zero exposure to and with precious little information on their style of play, only their porous league form of three heavy losses gave us any indication of what we might face.

Things started brightly for us we nearly scored almost immediately with slick one-touch play opening the home side up and with our very next chance Beth Elliott scored her first for the season with a tidy finish. We continued to put pressure on and probably should have scored again within a couple of minutes. With the amount of pressure we were putting on the home side more goals were coming and inside 15 minutes Erin Roxburgh and Emma Crewed had added to the scoreline.

After our early pressure the pace and desire drifted out of our game with Mosgiel struggling to piece together any patterned play but clearing well as we created openings, two further goals game as the half closed out which meant that with the scoreline and our possession dominance so high the game was meandering through.

The second half was much the same, we made changes to keep things fresh and challenged ourselves to try and keep the intensity in our play. Mosgiel to their credit never gave up and Coach Steve Brook kept barking orders at them on the sideline. Five more came in the second half which on the balance of play was about right, with Captain Meike van der Meer rightfully named Player of the Day for playing with purpose throughout.

On the road against a team that many of our new players had never heard always ran the risk of being a challenging proposition for our Men’s Premier side. Queens Park has clearly done their home work on our boys, perhaps aided by our trip down south last weekend as they set up to contain and frustrate us. The pitch was not great either which really doesn’t suit where we want to be as a football side but there is no room for excuses at this level.

We huffed and puffed for the first half with little pace in the game it was easy for our hosts to get everyone behind the ball and shut up shop. A few reminders at half time as we came out a bit brighter and eventually found away ahead as Captain Dom Scahill and goal scoring centre back Tim O’Farrell found the net. Without any specific threats to deal with the result ended up being close albeit comfortable with greater challenges to come over the next month in both the League and the Cup.

No second team games for either the Men or Women this week so next cab off the rank was Jack Campfens and the Men’s Thirds who travelled out to face the newer of the two Green Island sides featuring many of our old enemies from Melchester Rovers. With a quality side to call on and facing a side struggling near the bottom of the table things looked pretty positive but for the first half nothing really clicked.

A tactical change by the boss himself saw Jack slot in to the midfield which tided things up a bit and brought a lot more structure. Liam Wick showed quality on the ball all game and also slotted in three goals to earn a hat-trick and a well deserved reward from Coach Campfens. Final score was 6-0 with a gap starting to open up to the chasing pack.

After travelling around the grounds for the last three years our Women’s Division One Yellow side got to enjoy the comforts of home as the played on the Caledonian. The quality of the pitch and broad open spaces caught the girls out a little and creating real goal scoring chances was a struggle. Fortunately club stalwart Steve Glover was on hand to rescue the situation helping herself to a double to seal the 2-0 win.

Thomas finally found the winning formula for Men’s Sixth with his decision to base himself in Wellington for the day paying dividends as the boys were able to work themselves a couple of goal scoring chances to snatch the 2-0 win. An inspired piece of management from the coach and a well-deserved win for the boys.

The full results were:

  • Men’s Premier 2 – 0 Queens Park
  • Men’s Thirds 6 – 0 Green Island
  • Men’s Sixths 2 -0 Grants Braes
  • Women’s Premiers 10 – 0 Mosgiel
  • Women’s Division One Yellow 2 – 0 Northern
  • Women’s Division One Blue game day default by Mosgiel