Carnegie/Watsonians v Scottish Thistles

Sunday 18 April 2010 at HMS Caledonia, Rosyth

Team

G Leighton (GK), R Keddie (captain), A Golightly, A Philip, H Andrew, E Farnan, K Forster, D McIntosh, S Weir, E Lloyd, R Crichton

Match Report

Thistles showed great composure on the ball over the first ten minutes but had difficulty advancing into the opponents' half and so it proved for the remainder of the first half, except the composure lapsed occasionally. The Carnegie/Watsonians select were much younger on average and there were five decades between our oldest player (well a few of them actually) and their youngest one. The Thistles defence was always involved in the game and largely stood up well to the fluent, mobile attack set against them but in spite of good work by Guy Leighton in goal, a 5 - 0 deficit at half time was a fair measure of the difference between the sides.

With no substitutes, there was no opportunity to position all players where they might have (been) preferred at the outset and of course no respite for those who were having to work very hard to try to contain quick moving and fit opposition. In the absence of the Club Captain many offered ideas at half time about how to improve matters but they always involved other folk playing better rather than themselves. Nevertheless the second half was much improved partly with our employment of a spare Carnegie player, even if he wasn't over 60!

We won the second half 3 -2 with our scorers being Dave McIntosh from a penalty, Keith Forster who touched the ball last in a goalmouth stramash but claims it was a deliberate flick and Roy Crichton who drove the ball past a despairing goalie (none of them like to confess to losing goals to Roy!) A very pleasant plate of soup and sandwiches, not to mention a small beer, helped put the game in perspective aftyerwards and on reflection all LX players had an most enjoyable time.

Very grateful thanks to Carnegie and Watsonians for combining to give us a game and to the former for affording us the use of their pitch and clubhouse.

Result

Carnegie/Watsonians Select 7 Scottish Thistles 3