POSTAL ALC 5 - CONTINENTAL 1 - FRIENDLY - WEBSTER PARK
TEAM - 1. G.Cormack 2. A.Riddell 3. L.Mackie 5. B.Patterson 6. M.Hunter 7. R.Law 8. S.Robertson 9. N.Cain 10. S.Ure 11. R.Insch 12. P.Frampton 14. K.Dowbekin 15. S.Stuart 16. G.Davidson 17. S.Cotovici.
OPPOSITION MOTM – N/A
Covid friendly number 13.
On another scorching hot day at Webster Park, Postal faced Continental for the 3rd time this “season”. The first game ended in a 3-3 draw, the second with a 2-4 Continental win so an entertaining high scoring game was anticipated with Postal looking to get their first win of the friendlies.
Postal started the game well and had their first half chance only a minute into the game. A nice through ball between the right back and centre half from Law saw Insch almost latch on to it, but the keeper was quick off his line and collected just before Insch.
Insch had another half chance two minutes later when Lawrence Mackie won the ball well, played it to Insch who shot over the bar from distance.
Law made no mistake on 11 minutes though with his long range effort. Hunter and Robertson worked hard to win the ball back in the midfield, fed Law who fired over the keepers head and into the goal from 25 yard out.
Great goal. 1-0.
Ten minutes later Postal were given the chance to double their lead when Cain was pulled down in the box. Insch stepped forward and made no mistake firing home a powerful shot to the keepers right. 2-0.
Postal had the ball in the net on 31 minutes. Ure found himself one-on-one with the keeper on the right of the Continental box but his pass to Cain was ruled offside.
A Riddell free kick on the Postal left on 33 minutes saw Patterson latch on to the ball unmarked and he made no mistake to slot home past the keeper with a well time side foot volley. 3-0.
Postal all but killed the game off 5 minutes later. Ure was bundled over just outside the box. Right back, Andy Riddell, confidently stepped forward to take it and rifled it past the keeper.
Great goal from the ever improving youngster. 4-0.
HALF TIME – POSTAL ALC 4 – CONTINENTAL 0
Postal put on all 5 subs at half time and changed shape to a more traditional 4-4-2.
Postal took a while to get used to the new shape and didn’t have another chance at goal till 15 minutes into the half. Frampton found himself straight through on the keeper but saw his low shot hit the post and away to safety.
Davidson doubled his tally for the season on 25 minutes. Robertson won the ball and fed Davidson with a nice through ball which saw him run past the static defence and in on the keeper who he slipped it past to make it 5-0.
Ure should have scored on 28 minutes. He started the move when he fed Stuart out on the Postal right flank. Stuart’s cross to the back post found Ure unmarked but his header went over the bar.
The Continental keeper made a superb save 36 minutes into the second half when Davidson flicked on a header to Dowbekin on the Postal right. He drove in, played a ball into the path of Davidson but the keeper was man for it and palmed it over the bar from close distance.
Pass of the match 38 minutes into the half from Hunter. His superb ball through to Frampton saw him one-on-one with the keeper but he fired it over the bar when it looked easier to score.
Slack defending from Postal 5 minutes from time saw Continental pull one back when a shot from the unmarked player on the edge of the Postal box went low past Cormack in goal. 5-1.
Overall, another very impressive performance today. Some good goals and defending much better against a team who had previously scored 7 in 2 games against us.
2020/21 has been a very frustrating season for all amateur teams and associations in Scotland and Postal ALC are no different in that respect.
The positives, are, that the friendly games have allowed us to blood a lot of younger players and give them more game time than they may have got with obviously much less pressure. These players have responded and came on leaps and bounds.
Attitude to these friendly games has been excellent with minimum 5 subs being available every game. Training has also been impressive with an average attendance, over a total of 45 sessions, being just over 17 people per session.
The management would like to thank the players for their effort in 2020/2021. The atmosphere around the club is as good as it has been for years even without team nights out or trips away (or maybe because there has been no team nights out). Competitive matches may put a strain on that atmosphere as players battle to keep their place in the team and adjust to being left out of squads but for the moment it’s all positive and we look forward with some real optimism, to competing for promotion and trophies in the upcoming season. Fingers crossed for a return to competitive amateur football in August. Well done to all involved.