CENTRAL Scottish Amateur Football League Select manager John Hughes asked for more of the same in terms of a victory against potential Inter-League opponents, Strathclyde Saturday Morning A.F.L.
The one-time Postal United boss believed players “bought into the spirit” of what he and his backroom staff were trying to build into the Select squad – and that was never more apparent than the celebrations which came after ex-Wellhouse Amateurs and Petershill Juniors full-back Robbie Peebles – selected playing for Colville Park AFC – scored their winner against Ayrshire in the first-leg of the John Smith’s Trophy at Irvine Sport Ground.
It is fair to say Hughes believed in forward- planning and attention to detail as he revealed:
“Last month, we had a bounce game at Colville Park’s ground with 26 players involved.”
“That ended in a 3-2 win for the red select team.”
“The outing proved to be a good exercise as it allowed players recommended to be seen first – hand, and gave me plenty food for thought.”
John called up 40 players to participate in a bounce game ahead of the Ayrshire Select match. No fewer than 37 were able to attend, and on this occasion the blue squad came out on top 2-1 in a very entertaining game despite mixed overhead conditions.
The Ayrshire encounter involved a squad of 20 players and a further six on stand-by. Unfortunately, three had to withdraw due to injury, but boss Hughes, never short of options, called up one additional player, and 18 travelled.
The Robbie Peebles goal was enough to see Central Scottish take a slender lead into the return fixture. John Hughes was naturally delighted.
He said: “We were excellent on the day, and but for some great goalkeeping by the Ayrshire ‘keeper, and not being clinical in the final third of the park, we could have won more convincingly.”
AYRSHIRE AFA 0 CENTRAL SCOTTISH AFL 1