Drumchapel Amateurs Vs St. Patrick’s – 2004
Drumchapel Amateurs 3 – 0 St. Patrick’s
We were at Drumchapel on a much improved day weather wise and a much improved squad in numbers. The hosts would certainly be looking to reclaim the three points dropped at Bothwellhaugh when we played them. As for us, we would be looking at signs of stability and performance consistency as part of our enforced mid-season transition.
Long term absentees remained as we welcomed back Euan for this fixture. Otherwise, new signings all answered the call to action. We started well and kept the hosts well at bay for most of the first half. An energetic Drumchapel worked hard to nullify any forward forays from us, putting bodies in the firing line to block shots. At times the intensity and the desire to get the much needed win transpired into some unsavoury challenges. Harald was clattered into the temple and was taken off to help him recover. Yet the boys stuck to their tasks and continued to play their football. Callum came on for Harald and his energy gave us a boost. The 2005 new recruits didn’t feel out of place and acquitted themselves well. It took the hosts until the twenty eighth minute before they finally broke the deadlock. A ball from the right across the second post was headed in unchallenged. It was a disappointing goal to concede. However, we moved on from the setback and looked to hit back. We failed to create clear chances to trouble the hosts’ keeper. Restricted at long range efforts Drumchapel were never put under serious test. In fact, they increased their lead just before the break from a long range effort we never expected to trouble us.
After the break we still believed in our ability and hoped for that break to get us back into the game. But within six minutes of the restart we conceded a third, very much a carbon copy of the first. The hosts capitalised on the high ball, simply a case of bread and butter. The rest of the subs were given a run out and game time. The team drove on. We came very close with Callum beating the keeper but his effort was kept out by the post. A few minutes later Harald, who was thrown back on in the second half, just couldn’t get his feet sorted with the ball sticking, and when he finally managed to poke-shoot it was parried into a corner. Drumchapel survived. At the other end Joe pulled off a couple of incredible saves to remind everyone of his ability. Yet when the final thistle went, we came away empty handed.
Regardless of the results of late, we are confident of a recovery from our slump. Slowly but surely the rebuilding job is taking shape with some very encouraging performances. Boys deserve praise for not only sticking it out during this rough patch, but also being patient with the recovery process.