Postal ALC - 6 - Westend United - 0. Castle Rovers Cup Quarter Final. Webster Park 8/10/2022
TEAM - 1. D.Cruickshank 2. S.Carter 3. A.Baxter 4. L.Giulianotti 5. B.Patterson 6. M.Hunter 7. N.Wiley 8. J.Steele 9. L.Melia 10. B.Webster 11. E.Martin 12. S.Cotovici 14. K.Dowbekin 15. C.Collie. 16. P.Frampton 17. M.Maciver.
OPPOSITION MOTM – N/A
Another sunny Autumn day at Webster Park saw Postal take on Westend United in the quarter final of the Castle Rovers Cup. Postal comfortably beat the away side last month but with a Semi Final place at stake they couldn’t be complacent.
Postal gave a first start to Giulianotti at centre back with Carter moving to right back. Wiley came back into midfield to replace the missing Clark and Martin came back into the starting eleven up front.
It’s been three weeks since our last game at Insch and it was obvious in the opening 20 minutes. First touch, passing and finishing were a bit rusty to say the least.
Postal nearly took the lead on three minutes though. A cross into the box saw Melia head off the bar and when the ball fell to Hunter in the 6 yard box he couldn’t connect.
A minute later and Westend missed a “sitter” (this wont be the last time that phrase is used in this report). Westend attacked down the Postal left. Baxter slipped in the box and the forward went round him to cut the ball back to a Westend player hovering about 12 yards out. Fortunately for Postal he ballooned over the bar. A real let off.
A half chance on 9 minutes saw Martin played into the away box on the Postal left. He got his shot away but it was too weak to trouble the keeper.
A long throw into the box on 11 minutes saw the ball land to Martin again in the 6 yard box but the keeper saved his ½ volleyed snapshot.
Melia missed Postal’s first “sitter” of the match on 15 minutes. A cross by Martin on the Postal left saw Melia standing unmarked at the back post. His header was sent over the bar when it looked easier to score.
On 30 minutes the big striker had his head in his hands again. Good combination play between Melia and Webster around the away box saw Melia played into the box on the right hand side. His shot was pulled by the post though.
A minute later it was Patterson’s turn to miss a “sitter” when he was left unmarked at the back post from a corner into the box. With the goal gaping, he headed over the bar.
It was beginning to look like it might not be Postal’s day, but on 35 minutes the game turned and Postal made the breakthough. A cross into the box from the Postal right saw Martin do well to get his header away from about 3 yard out to score. 1-0.
Two minutes later and Postal doubled their lead. Wiley did really well on the byline to get his cross in from the Postal right. Bruce Webster was waiting in the box unmarked to loop a header into the far corner. 2-0.
HALF TIME – POSTAL ALC – 2 – Westend 0
No changes were made at half time.
The game was killed as a contest ten minutes into the half. With a Westend player down injured on the Postal left the game played on and when the ball was worked into the away box from the Postal left it was knocked into the net by a Westend player for an Own Goal. 3-0.
Five minutes later and substitute Frampton made it four. He worked hard on the Postal right to win the ball back from the Westend full back. He then skinned his man in the box and his cross-come-shot sailed into the inside side netting. Only Peter will know if it was a cross or shot but it looked good anyway. 4-0.
Frampton scored his second 35 minutes into the half with a great goal. He picked up the ball just inside the half, ran with the ball at his feet into the box and slammed a left foot shot into the net. 5-0.
With only 5 minutes remaining Frampton got his hat-trick. A hand ball in the box saw Postal awarded a pen. Frampton stepped forward and shot low into the net to the keepers left. 6-0.
Overall a sticky first period where Postal struggled to find their shooting boots but once we got going it ended up quite comfortable. Great to be in a Semi Final again. Well done.
Next up Premier League high fliers, Woodside in the North of Scotland Cup.