Postal ALC V Halliburton - North of Scotland Cup 1st Round
TEAM - 1. R.LAING. 2. S.CLARK 3. P.COUTTS. 4. B.PATTERSON. 5. R.LAW
6. S.STUART. 7. L.BEATTIE. 8. S.ROBERTSON. 10. C.MACANESPIE. 9. D.MALSEED.
11. C.SHEILS. 12. A.TAYLOR. 14. G.DAVIDSON. 15. M.MACIVER. 16. M.STEER. 17. R.INSCH.
Postal arrived at a sunny Webster Park with a strong squad to choose from. Mackie and Kydd were missing from the previous game against Huntly so Malseed (upfront) and Law (midfield) came back into the side. The pitch was looking excellent considering the time of year so Postal had no excuses for this North of Scotland tie against the established 1st Div side Halliburton.
Postal actually started the game quite well……………..for the opening 5 minutes. First to the ball and immediately putting the away side under a bit of pressure.
Really disappointing to gift the opening goal then when a shot from distance from the Postal right hand side outside the box was allowed to trundle its way past the keeper, off the post and in. Can only presume keeper, Laing, thought it was going out past the post. 0-1.
Postal had a chance to equalise immediately. McAnespie found himself through on goal but turned back on himself to pass out to Sheils. His shot was saved.
The game was fairly even at this point with neither side really bothering the respective goalkeepers.
On 20 minutes, Postal missed a sitter to equalise. A freekick from the Postal right found Law in the box but with only the keeper to beat he fluffed his header when it looked easier to score.
Halliburton doubled their lead on 25 minutes when the Postal keeper fumbled a cross into his own net. 0-2.
The rest of the half was pretty non eventful.
HALF TIME – POSTAL ALC 0 – HALLIBURTON 2.
Postal started the second half well and could argue they were the better side for the first 15 minutes of the half without creating any real clear cut chances though and the Halliburton defence were looking quite comfortable if truth be told.
On 20 minutes another defensive blunder. Simple enough ball into the Postal box, Coutts with the chance to clear but asking for his keeper to come out to the edge of his box, neither of which happened. With confusion reigning, Halliburton then worked a nice little passing move on the edge of the Postal box which culminated in an unmarked fwd strolling through to pass by Laing. Game over as a contest. 0-3.
Halliburton scored a 4th five minutes later when the Postal keeper came out to get the ball near the edge of the area, fumbled it and allowed the Halliburton forward the easiest of tasks to knock into an empty net. 0-4.
Postal scored a consolation on 44 minutes when a corner from Maciver was intelligently laid back into the path of Insch who slammed home from the edge of the area. 1-4.
The game exploded on 45 minutes when a tackle from Law saw him then kick out, as his opponent lay on the ground. When the Halliburton players rushed in to get involved so too did the Postal players and it was all a bit unnecessary and unsavoury with the game already finished, practically.
To be honest it probably did Law and Postal a favour because after the pushing and shoving had subsided the referee was lenient on him and only gave out a yellow card. Lucky.
Overall the game was a glorified friendly if truth be told. Neither of these sides will be doing much in this competition.
The worrying thing for Postal, though, is they continue to gift wrap goals to the opposition. No matter how well you play or compete if goals are handed to the opposition without them really having to try hard it will be a long second half to the season. It needs sorted out quickly.
For a balanced review of the game, the Halliburton Match report can be found here: