St Roch’s made the trip to Robertson Park to take on the Euroscot Engineering Cup holder, Thorniewood, after losing to the hosts in the qaurter finals of that tournament in the same venue, in our last game of last season.
John Stark started again in nets, with Stephen Bryson, Jason McCormick and James McKnight in defence. Marc McDonnell, Kenny Jarvis, Robert Maguire and Jordan Logan all retained their places in midfield, joined by Keiran Martin, whilst Baboucarr Musa and T.J. McCluskey continued up top.
Thorniewoods triumphant cup final team was very much decimated with as many as 10 regulars not available to start, the Uddingston men had to rely on trialists and a few younger players. But to their credit they came out of the traps flying and went were in front after 15 minutes. The wee left winger (who was the star of the show) beat our offside trap to slot past Stark.
For the next 15 minutes Thorniewood were very much the dominant force and looked like doubling their lead before St Roch’s could get a foothold on the game.
The Roch equalised after 30 minutes, with McCluskey grabbing his 1st competitive goal since returning to the club with a smart turn and great finish. 5 minutes later Thorniewood were ahead again with a great finish from their striker. The remainder of the half was vewry much end to end but it was the St Roch’s strike force who made the difference – McCluskey grabbing the equaliser, before Musa got what turned out to be the winner just before half time.
The second half saw St Roch’s have much more possession and several chances and Thorniewood rarely threatened, the best chance for the away side, came from the penalty spot when Naismith smashed the cross bar. In the lead up to the penalty saw the Thorniewood defender red carded and the rest of the game really fizzled out. Changes in the second half saw Mc Mahon replace Mc Donnell, Naismith replace Logan and Simpson replace Martin. Summary : A good win for St Roch’s but we are under no illusion that our next visit to Robertson Park will be more difficult as Thorniewood get some of their squad back into contention.
We still have slight hopes of qualification from the section but we would need victory over Super Premier new boys Shettleston on Saturday coupled with Petershill dropping 4 points in their last 2 games.
Word from the Petershill v Shettleston game last night was that the game was abandoned due to a supporting taking seriously ill, our thoughts are with him and everyone at both clubs.
|August 19, 2015||6:45 pm||League Cup Group 3||2015-2016|