St. Patrick’s Vs Dumbarton Utd – 2004
St. Patrick’s 10 – 1 Dumbarton Utd
Dumbarton Utd rolled into town with a clear mission to put the skids under our good run in the league cup. We had not played at Bothwellhaugh for some time now and we certainly looked forward to playing at home.
We were not going to take Dumbarton lightly, and therefore approached the game with confidence and focus. Three minutes into the game and our early dominance told. Euan drifted to the left holding the ball, then moves it on to Mairtin who lays it off for Ben to run onto and smash a fierce strike into the far top corner to open the score. The quality of the strike woke up a slumbering audience in this early morning kick-off. Four minutes later Dumbarton were made to pay. Dylan turned provider, finding Mairtin in an advanced position. Mairtin was composed in front of goal tucking the ball away to increase our lead. Dumbarton were not given a sniff in these early exchanges. Euan’s prompt pressing of the opposition keeper’s clearance paid off when he charged the clearance down. He beat the keeper to the loose ball, and with his left foot he rolled it into the net. We had only played ten minutes. Dumbarton’s reaction to a frenzy opening few minutes that saw them lose a grip on this game was immediate. An early substitution and a clear penalty helped the visitors pull a goal back. That strengthened their resolve and re-energised them. But they still had to break us down. They had a great opportunity to come back at us when the referee pulled Joe for an infringement of one of the new rules, the 6 second rule. Some of us are still familiarising ourselves with the new rules. However, the free kick was well defended to spare Joe’s blushes. We went back on the attack and earned a free kick. Dylan took it and delivered a great ball into the penalty box. Mairtin was quickest to react to stab the bouncing ball past the keeper for his second. As we headed to the break Michael finished off some great work on the left wing, whipped a great ball in and to the visitors’ horror took a wicked deflection off the defender and looped over the keeper. We went to the break comfortable.
At the restart Owen, Harald and Lennon came on. We maintained our dominance as the new fresh legs slotted right in. Weary of a possible fight back from the visitors we remained vigilant. A solid defence was complemented by an industrious midfield. Our next goal would come from deep. Joseph released Mairtin on the left with a great ball over the defence. Mairtin drove to goal with intent, opened his body and shoots across the goal into the far corner for his hat-trick. But out of nowhere popped Harald at the second post to tap the ball in. Instead Mairtin would settle for his second assist of the game. He went on and never dwelled on the hat-trick, hopefully saving it for another game. He was soon back in the old routine as he spotted Michael’s overlap run. His weighted pass saw Michael zone in on goal before he was brought down for an uncontested penalty. He got up, dusted himself and converted the spot kick without a fuss. Dumbarton fought back and their great play carved out a great chance, but were thwarted by a brilliant save from Lennon. We recovered and charged forward. Great interplay saw us get behind the defence with a composed Harald controlling the ball on the left side of the penalty area, takes it inside and wrapped his right foot round the ball to place it into the far bottom corner to record his brace. Dumbarton did not have time to recover, a loose ball bounced off the last defender and Aidan pounced to strike past the keeper. Another great chance was carved out by the visitors and once again Lennon was the difference, denying Dumbarton at point blank. In fact, Lennon would punish Dumbarton further in the last minute. His long goal kick got behind the visitors’ defence and released Euan who beat the oncoming keeper with a delicate lob to round off a great result.
Today’s game was another obstacle well negotiated. Our pattern of play caused more problems to the opposition than they may have anticipated. However, it’s back to the training ground still aiming to improve and always get better.