4 match reports starting with the penultimate pre Christmas BUCS game away to Glasgow Uni. 2s. Probably the first unimportant game of the season as Strathclyde 1s look odds-on favourites to progress from pool 5. The 2s started on fire and were ahead with 5 minutes when an excellent 1-2 resulted in Phil Mcnicholas finishing smartly. The game then lost all of its shape and resembled a kick around in the meadows. Glasgow equalised on the half hour when a well taken fire kick rattled the underside of the away crossbar with a home striker being first to react to poke the ball home. In the second half, Jack Simmons put the 2s back in front scrambling the ball home from a corner. The home side were not to be denied however and with the last shot of the game equalised, the ball taking a wicked deflection to lift it over Scott Hainey in goal. Final score 2-2.
Tolcross Thistle were the 2s next opponents in the 3rd round of the East of Scotland cup. Having already lost to Tolcross, the 2s were under no illusion as to the size of the task ahead. Tolcross are a good counter attacking side leaving 2 very capable strikers up top and they scored through this route a little against the run of play after the Uni. lost the ball on the halfway line. However the scores were level at half time as Ciaran Duffy scored after the visiting goalkeeper had parried the ball from and Andy Findlay shot. The start of the second half saw the Uni. getting into their groove and playing some good enterprising football. However within 10 minutes the game had been lost. Two dead balls were headed home by a Tolcross striker, disappointingly unchallenged and with little fuss or effort. As the Uni. tried to get back in the game, they left themselves very exposed and Tolcross could easily have added to their total as the game closed. Final score 1-3
The 2s can lift themselves out of BUCS 3a and this is one of this seasons targets. Playing Glasgow Caledonian 1s in a game of contrasts the 2s fell behind after 20 minutes against the run of play. However it was apparent that home success was going to come from the wings as pace was a major factor. This panned out as Lewis Scott on the left finished neatly to equalise before half time. In the second half the home side dominated but the game revolved around one incident. With the 2s Having committed all their substitutes, Yannick Seebach had to retire injured. Perversely, playing with 10 men Ciaran Duffy put the home side ahead after being put through 1v1. With 20 minutes still to play the home side then played some terrific possession football to preserve their lead. In the words of Craig Mcmillan “I would say that the way we kept the ball for the last 10/15 was the best of any team I’ve ever played for”. 2-1 final score
The 2s won the Miller cup in 2013 and it is a trophy we would like to win again. Saturday’s 2nd round tie saw us hosting Dalry Athletic. The 2s have a habit of going behind and again did their level best to accommodate Dalry in this respect. Before the game had settled, Jan Seiler in goal missed a Andrew Stavert pass back, the ball bouncing back into play off the post. In the ensuing stramash Dalry hit the same post and as the ball bounced around the home penalty box Jak Purkiss was poleaxed by an attempted clearance, a real comedy of errors. However not long after Jak had returned to the fray having stemmed the flow of blood from his nose, Dalry went ahead. The performance was chalk and cheese in comparison to Wednesday’s. Ciaran Duffy equalised just before half time but in truth the home football was terrible. There is a lot of enthusiasm for playing 2s football this season and the coaches try to give all as much playing time as possible. Three half time substitutions saw Phil McNicholas, Dan Burchill and Andy Findlay come on for Harald Buchardt, Calum Watt and Andy Stavert. Phil proceeded to score a hatrick and Ciaran added another. Only profligate finishing from the home side stopped the gaming ending in a route. Dalry threatened a shock at 1-3 reducing the leeway as Jan was chipped from 25 yards. Despite the scoreline this was the 2s poorest show of the season. However no complaints can be made as currently their record is played 16 won 11. There will be tougher games ahead. Final score 5-2.