Thistle Weir Vs St. Patrick’s – 2004
Thistle Weir 2 – 12 St. Patrick’s
It was a glorious day as we headed out to Springburn to face Thistle Weir away. Although the last game was won comfortably, we couldn’t help but feel we could have and should have performed better. As a result, today’s game was an opportunity to atone for any previous shortcomings.
The stage set, the boys took to the field confident, instructions still ringing in their ear. Patient build up got the hosts chasing in these early exchanges. With four minutes on the clock Ben worked his magic on the left to shake off his marker before delivering a good ball in the penalty box. The ball caused chaos bouncing from one player to another with both sets of players fighting for control. The loose ball found its way to Euan who guided it to Ricky. Without a moment of hesitation Ricky snapped a sweet volley first time to beat the keeper and break the deadlock. Thistle were full of verve in midfield and up front. However, they found it difficult to deal with our better organisation and mobility. They were caught cold when Dylan lifted the ball over the defence for Dom. Shouts of offside were waived away as Dom cushioned the high ball with his head back to goals, then turned and deftly lobbed the keeper to add to our goal tally. We carved out a few more chances but Thistle were let off the hook. They were their own worst enemy however as Euan intercepted a poor clearance and drove on to sweep the ball with the left past a hapless keeper. We had settled into our rhythm and were able to dictate the tempo. From outside the box the ball dropped to Dom and he let fly the perfect strike; with the keeper rooted in his spot, the ball nestled into the back of the net to the great appreciation of the watching public. Goals were being scored from all angles. Tyler from wing back found Euan who out-muscled his marker to score low into the far corner. Thistle’s defence could hardly cope with wave after wave of attacks. But they bravely put up a fierce resistance to try and keep us at bay. Ben came close smashing the ball onto the bar. But they could do nothing when Ricky pounced on a loose ball over the defence to beat the keeper for a second time. A minute later Thistle were punished again. Euan controlled into the box, spots Dom’s run on the left and puts an inviting through ball for Dom to squeeze past the keeper at the near post for a well deserved hat-trick. The half time break could not come quick enough for Thistle, but not before further punishment was inflicted. Euan released Aidan on the right who darts through to strike past the keeper. Thistle boldly responded with an intrepid push that eventually paid off. The Thistle striker persevered and got the bounce of the ball. He pounced on it with pace and was rewarded with a well taken goal to the delight of the home support. Unfortunately the celebrations lasted a minute. We went forward from centre and Ricky found Euan in the Box. With his back to goals Euan improvised with a cheeky and outrageous back-heel that bamboozled the keeper for his hat-trick. We went to the break on a high after a great first half performance.
Straight from the restart, the hosts literally had to pick the ball out of the net. Mairtin was in no mood to exchange pleasantries. He drove forward instead and let his feet do the talking with a fierce shot into the back of the net. Voila! If you were late to regain your seat you would have missed it. Thistle were most likely still processing the half time team talk. Having recovered from this latest setback they set about working very hard to contain us. However, another poor clearance was snapped up by Harald who drove on to beat the keeper and treat the travelling support with his customary somersault celebration. Overall however Thistle’s work rate was stepped up in the second half and certainly made a point of shoring up their defence. We maintained our performance levels with some great interplay to stretch the opposition. Euan with another clearance steal shoots on goal and his shot is deflected into the net. As we headed to the final whistle Thistle managed a well deserved solo effort to give their support something to shout about.
A much better performance all round today with a group of players clearly enjoying playing for and with each other. It is our hope that the good camaraderie around the team continues to strengthen the bond in the squad, especially against stronger future oppositions.