Tayside Fire Brigade 3
ACSC took on Tayside Fire Brigade at home in the George Buckman Premier League on Saturday knowing that a win would see them go clear of the chasing pack.
Manager Gunning was again forced to shuffle his pack and opted for a 3-5-2 formation with the personnel available. He opted for a back three of Mattheson, Gardiner and Gersok with McKenzie wide right, R. Swan wide left and the trio of Gatrick, McDowell and Jones in the middle. The front two comprised R. Gillespie and veteran Longmuir.
ACSC came out of the traps like greyhounds as they set about their business with great purpose and intent. Although the visitors were contesting every ball, ACSC were coming out on top in the majority of exchanges and had the organised TFB side very much on the backfoot.
It wasn’t long before the homesters got their reward as JONES tapped in from close range after fine work from McKenzie on the right. Despite the ACSC’s early dominace TFB found themselves back on level terms after a lapse in concentration by the home defence. A deep cross from the left was met by the Fire Brigade’s striker who nodded across the six-yard line where it was headed home by the other TFB striker.
However, ACSC did not let this setback affect them and continued to play in the manner they had started the game, forcing the play at every opportunity. They went 2-1 up after a fine piece of individual play from R. GILLESPIE who received the ball at the edge of the 18-yard box. He turned, ghosted his way past three defenders and bulleting a shot past the helpless ‘keeper.
The next goal came from more fine play up ther right starting with Gersok, who fed McKenzie, who in turn fed Jones. He jinked past the defender out wide before feeding LONGMUIR who finished from close range.
Half-time: ACSC 3, Tayside Fire Brigade 1.
The second half started in much the same way as the first had ended, with ACSC pushing forward looking to add to their tally.
They looked rampant at this point, McKENZIE firing a fine angled strike high into the net to make in 4-1.
Then Longmuir had a couple of great opportunities which he failed to capitalise upon. At this stage the points seemed in the bag but the Firemen managed to claw their way back into the game. A stramash was finished off by the visitors’ striker who was first to react to a loose ball inside the six-yard area.
Things got worse for ACSC when a corner wasn’t cleared properly and the ball fell perfectly for a TFB striker who slotted home, again from inside the six-yard box.
At this point ACSC were up against it, desperately trying to hold on to their lead as the rejuvanated TFB side saw an opportunity to have at least a share of the points.
The turning point of the game came as Cargill in the home goal pulled off an unbelievable save from the Fire Brigade forward and moments later ACSC went up the park and scored. JONES followed up a blocked McDowell effort to finally kill off TFR’s hopes of a comeback.
Just when they thought it was all coming together, it almost went horribly wrong for ACSC who were outstanding for 60/65 minutes of the game.
Some of the interplay was fantastic and at 4-1 it looked like a question of how many ACSC were going to score.
However the last 30 minutes were not good. Credit must go to TFB who never gave up and will possibly feel a little aggrieved not to have taken anything from the game.
The players must also look to themselves and learn from this.
Arbroath CSC 8 21
Broughty Utd 9 17
St James 7 16
Tayside FB 9 15
Arbroath HSFP 8 14
Invergowrie 8 9
NCR 8 8
Bank Street Athletic 5 7
Riverside Athletic 3 6
Carnoustie YM 6 5
Dundee College 8 4
SS Peter And Paul 9 3
ACSC extended thanks to all players, supporters and sponsors who turned out for the race night in the Townhouse Hotel on Saturday. The club managed to raise in excess of £1,000 providing valuable funds for training kit, balls, etc.
The following people/businesses sponsored some of the races on the night - Arbroath Herald, Arbroath Sea Safari, Direct Soccer, The Townhouse Hotel, Gunning Duncan Financial Sevices, Incape Marine Services,Timmergreens and Westport Soap Box Laundrettes, Newgate Bar, James Forbes, Gordon Smith and Keillor Graphics.