Next up, in St Roch’s busy pre season schedule, was Saturday morning amateur side Dennistoun Vale. Like the previous match, it was changes galore for the home side.
Stephen Mathers kept his place in nets, whilst trialist Graeme McWilliams made his first start, beside Stephen Bryson and Jason McCormick at the back, flanked by Mark Mathieson and James McKnight. Illness and inury meant that Paul Roan and Kenny Jarvis missed out, so the midfield were Rab Maguire, Keiran Martin and trialist Darren Simpson, whilst TJ McCluskey and Baboucarr Musa started up top.
On the bench were Jordan Logan, Darryl Naismith, Brian Haynes, Liam McMahon, Marc McDonnell along with trialists Max Neossi and Brian Henderson
Its been a good habit in these pre season games, of scoring early and once again St Roch’s struck early. The match started off pretty even, with the amateur side going in hard on the tackle, however it was the Candy who got in front. After only 7 minutes, a nice flowing move despie the conditions, saw McCluskey cut the ball back to Martin who smashed in a cracking shot from the edge of the box for the opener.
Only 2 minutes passed before the next great chance, McCluskeys run into the left hand of the box, saw his angled shot beat the keeper..and the post, with the goal glaring.
The Candy fans who had bared the weather, weren’t waiting too long for another goal and it was another cracker from Martin. A diagonal ball from captain McKnight, saw the in form midfielder, beat the offside trap, chest the ball down for himself, to control, round the keeper and tap in for his second of the night.
Dennistoun Vale were now enjoying their best spell of the match, and it took an outstanding save by Mathers to keep their pre season clean sheet record in tact. A nice move on the right of the keepers box, saw a cut back and a point blank save from a meter out, tipping the ball up and out to safety. Vale had a great chance soon after, but the striker fluffed his lines with the goal open.
The Roch weathered that particular storm and with only minutes left till half time, they scored their third of the night. Musa in the box, retains his balance despite slipping in the mud, to square to McCluskey who finished well.
The second half as usual heralded a raft of changes, starting at half time with Mathers, McKnight and McWilliams all leaving the match, replaced by Haynes, McDonnell and Naismith.
The second half was 10 minutes old, when the Roch killed all hopes of any Vale come back, and it wasn’t pretty viewing for the amateur teams defence. As McCluskey charged into the box, the Vale defence were static, allowing the striker to grab his second of the day, into the keepers bottom right hand corner.
The away side were now down and out, and St Rochs made a few more changes to add more energy to the side, with Logan, McMahon, Henderson and Neossi replacing Musa, McCluskey, Martin and Mathieson. This energy almost paid immediate dividends, as a great McDonnell run on the left, beats the right back and squares to Logan who fires in, only to see the referee blow for offside.
Logan, last season’s top scorer, who has scored in all pre season matches this season, had 10 minutes to wait before getting his goal tonight. Once again, the in form striker was creator and finisher, as his solo run into the box, was matched by a low hard striker for the fifth of the night.
Almost immediately the Roch score again, this time it’s a fantastic team effort, all made by substitutes. A driving Logan run on the left is crossed to McDonnell, who plays in McMahon into the box on the right, his squared ball to Henderson, allows the striker to compose himself before smashing past the keeper.
With 10 minutes remaining, the seventh and final goal of the night to add insult to injury to the battered amateurs, was another good passing move. Some nice interplay down the middle of the pitch results in Naismith playing a neat one two, with Henderson, and the young winger calmly and coolly passes past the keeper and into the net.
Summary : On a wet miserable night, both teams done well to try and play some football. The fitness and substitutes told in the end up, with the large score. However, St Rochs are currently starting some good habits, scoring early and late in halves.
|July 27, 2015||8:00 pm||2015-2016|