Tuesday 1 - 2 The Moonies
Agree that it's a good review from David. At the time
I thought maybe we didn't deserve to win, but the more I looked back
at the match, the more I though 'we wuz robbed' - 2 jammy breakaway
goals, 90 minutes of long
balls versus our more 'continental' passing game. I was watching the
Man U game last night, and some of their passing was very similar to
ours ... honest! Graeme was top man, but David and Gary were pretty
close too. And Lee did a great job in goals. Even if the result went
against us, the performance is probably the best I've ever seen from
Real - a bit more luck and we'd have stuffed them. Where are the Stu-Mel
boys now we've got some form?
They were a pretty tough team. Apart from the astro burns
(I spent yesterday in London trying to unstick my trousers from my knee)
I've got a couple of cracking bruises, one which was under my shinpad.
Big pitch too, so I'm still a bit stiff (oo-er).
Thought Archie did well at reffing the first half - he
got plenty of decisions wrong, but he's got the obstinacy that you need
to be a ref. Craig probably got more things right in the 2nd half, but
is too nice to be the 'man in black'. I think he probably called their
second goal right - the boy was probably offside, but it'd have taken
a linesman to say for sure, so in that case it should probably have
stood as a goal.
So, not the win you'd hoped for, but still a good performance.
I was going to write a wee review of last night's game,
as per usual, but I'm delighted to say that Dave 'I've always been a
centre forward really' Carruthers has beaten me to it!
I can only amplify what Dave has said below - that was
the best Real performance I have seen in ages, and we very unlucky not
to get at least a draw from the game. I think we all agreed that Graeme
was Man of the
Match - the man was immense - while things just felt all round safer
with Lee between the sticks - even if we DID think he'd scored an own
goal when he pawed that high ball over the crossbar! To think we shipped
NINE goals against the Moonies last time ....
And thanks to John and big Craig for reffing - that would
have been a thankless task, anyway, but the fact that you were also
our subs for the game made it even worse!
Thanks to all those who took part - enjoy your close season
break (tonight!) and I'll see you at Saughton next week! I'll be arranging
a rematch with the Moonies in the Spring.
Following our chat last night, and having had time to replay the game
over and over again in my sleep, I would just like to say that I am
still totally gutted at losing last night's match. It was a closely
contested encounter. 0-0 at half time??? When has a Real game EVER been
goal-less at half time?? Unheard of. And, I know I may be
slightly biased, but we played the better football in the second half.
The defence were solid. Big Graeme was immense. Al also played very
well, and yourself and Keith proved more than able in the left back
and right back positions. They didn't really look like scoring in the
half, and any time they did have a shot, Lee dealt with it easily. It
made a real difference having a keeper - even for the basic things such
as the goal kicks and general distribution of the ball. The clean sheet
in the 1st half reflected on a superb performance by the back 4 and
the keeper. I also think the midfield were a lot tighter than we have
been previously, providing more support to the defence.
Going forward, we didn't do too much in the 1st half. I think at times
we looked for the more difficult pass when the easy ball option was
available - something we did very well in the 2nd half with plenty of
short passes and plenty of movement.
So, the 2nd half. We were playing well, yet because we had subs and
as it was something we had agreed on, we made a couple of changes. Was
there a real need for the changes? I don't think so. Would it have been
fair to leave the guys on the bench? No. I don't know what we do as
regards subs. It is always risky going with no subs. Big Al going off
injured showed that they are required. I just don't know how we work
it. I certainly wouldn't like to turn up as a sub and then only get
10 mins. Something for the Real committee to ponder over ...
Anyway, the 2nd half. Certainly we passed the ball a lot better. The
1st goal we lost was unlucky - the ball deflecting to one of their players.
The equaliser (a header from Dave) was a thing of beauty and
will remain vividly implanted in my memory for a long time. Following
that, we continued to press forward, with the opposition relying on
the long ball option and looking to hit us on the break. Eventually
they caught us out. It looked offside, but Al said it was tight, so
I'm not going to argue. Even following that, we didn't give up and continued
to push for another equaliser. Tiredness and the clock were against
So, the season has ended without an 11's victory for Real. We didn't
deserve to lose that game, with a draw being a fair result. We played
more as a team in this game than in any of the previous games this season.
Everybody gave 100%. Were we to play against these guys next week, with
the same team, we would win. Carry this into 2005, and we will most
certainly see some winning performances in the 11's.
Hope nobody is in too much pain today - Graeme, you're probably still
bleeding, so I'd avoid slide tackling anybody at your work!
See you all next week at 5's.
||0-0 (half time), 0-1, 1-1, 1-2
||Hearl; McNie, Proudfoot, Frame, MacKenzie; Stewart,
Campbell, Carruthers; Dickson; Eastwood, Lees (4-3-1-2)
||John Lawson / Craig Eastwood