Charlotte Chapel 7 Barclay Viewforth United 5
A veritable feast of goals on Saturday 20th saw a spirited Barclay team fighting their way back into the game, before conceding eventual defeat to sharp opponents Chapel.
Thanks to manager Andrew Stephenson for this match report…
The home side took an early three goal lead that seemed to seal the outcome before the half-time whistle. An unfortunate deflection off a Barclay centre half lead to the first, while the second was from a cutting diagonal ball through to Brad, Chapel’s super speedy number 11. The third was scored direct from a corner sucked in by the whistling February wind.
The chill drizzle complemented Barclay angst. All bets closed at the bookies, one scenario alone beckoned: a drubbing.
Happily it didn’t quite turn out to be that way. Chapel still walked away with the points (this isn’t a fairy tale or Roy of the Rovers) but no doubt Barclay got some pride back.
Chapel’s centre half, Dan Shaw, walked off dazed after a clash of heads with his own goalie – although a few stitches were required, it’s apparently nothing to worry about.
A few red forays materialised up the pitch and then our Ally broke through on the left and rammed one home. Chapel quickly hit back however; 4:1 at the break.
With backs to the now dying wind in the second half, Barclay started piling on the pressure. It was no major surprise when Brent Falconer, causing mayhem on the left, dinked into the opposing penalty area and was hauled down. Stonewall penalty. Up stepped captain Billy to slot low into the left corner. 4:2, and on a roll.
Soon a corner swinging in and rammed home bullet header John Terry like by that same centre half, he won’t appreciate the comparison being a west ‘am fan. 4:3, BVU rampant, the Chapel shaking. Could the comeback still be on?
Sadly the next three were Chapel goals, a result of various defensive mix-ups and neat interplay up front from the home side. 7:3 and again it looks too much for Barclay.
But still the game’s not finished. A re-focus, a rally, another pen. Another neatly struck Billy Somerville conversion. Still time for sub Jamie Scott’s effort to count; surely it crossed the line, no says ref. Ally Cameron slides another one home for good measure. Surely not time for another comeback?! Only three minutes plus stoppage to go. Alas no but credit to everyone still left on the pitch that those of us on the sidelines didn’t want the final whistle to blow when it did. What price that outcome 20 minutes in? 7:5 the final score.
Next up, its Chapel again! This time in the Norrie Wilson Cup. It could transpire to be an FA Cup version of a crunch premier league match with lots of second stringers?
This week training and practice switches to a Wednesday, partly because of a league meeting taking place on Thursday evening.
Wednesday 24th February Training and Practice at Forthview Primary School – 7-9pm (recommended cost £3 per head)
Saturday 27th February NW Cup v Charlotte Chapel (South Gyle or Peffermill playing fields – to be confirmed) KO 10am