Beautiful sunshine greeted Mids for their Rotary Cup semi final clash with Greystone on Sunday. Illness meant that Mids could only muster 10 players but as it turned out this appeared to motivate them even more.
A couple of changes for Greystone with Keir back from suspension and Connor coming in to midfield. The pattern of the first half was disjointed with Greystone too anxious to play the ball forward quickly which made Mids defensive job easier. Unfortunately Keir took a couple of knocks early on and was replaced by Ross Bell. Greystone were gradually putting together some better combination play and it was from one of these that Liam drove down the left hand side and played a low cross to Ross who unfortunately blazed over.
Half time Greystone Athletic 0-0 Mid Annandale
Niall came on for Connor and Tom replaced Duncan at the start of the second half. Mids were still holding their own although spaces were starting to appear as the half wore on. Greystone were beginning to assert themselves and create chances but found the Mids keeper in inspired form. Set pieces looked to be Mids best chance of a goal and late in the game there was a flurry of free kicks and corners and it was heart in mouth as you thought that they might just spring an unlikely victory. Thankfully Ryan pulled of some fine stops and the whistle went for the end of normal time.
Extra time started and we took a gamble by putting on Callum who was not as mobile as usual with a back problem, he assured me that he would get us a goal if he was on for 5 minutes. He wasn’t far wrong as a minute in the ball ricocheted around the Mids box and fell to Callum who put away a fine finish, only to be subbed as he was clearly hampered by his back, however, mission accomplished. The pressure was off and Patrick added a second with a composed finish and the best goal was left until the end with a spectacular volley from Liam.
A collective sigh of relief in getting through this one. A lot of credit must go to Mids who chased and closed down for the whole game and you would never have known that they were a man down.
A final to look forward to but we’ll need to improve before then, plenty to work on as the season comes to a stirring finale.
|Struan Callander||Yellow Card|
|Brodie McKerlie||Yellow Card|
|Patrick Callaghan||GoalYellow Card|
|Ross Bell||Yellow Card|