Headline Makers Revisited – GDSFC (SAFA Inter League Trophy, 26th January 2020)

GDSFC Secretary Nim Roy admits his organisation would be delighted to enter the next SAFA Inter- League Trophy – after losing out on penalties to the Scottish Amateur Football League on their debut a year ago, writes Tom Scott.

Said Nim: “This is an annual optional invitational Tournament between the SAFA Leagues, which I think is a great idea. The occasion certainly left us feeling we wanted to take part again – unfortunately this year’s tournament was cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions – but we will certainly be looking to take part in the 2021-2022 Competition if/ once we get the go-ahead.”

“The Squad, along with our Co-Managers, Michael Leith (Anchor Sociedad) and Don ‘Mourinho’ McInnes (GSC United), did the league proud. Players were chosen from teams across all divisions to get every team (where possible) involved, but also to recognise players from different teams for performances at that stage of the season.”

“Lots to go through for Mick and Don as they tried to agree on their team, and then have the unenviable task of trimming down to 16 players – believe me that was entertaining lol”

“After getting a bye in First Round , we were drawn against the SAFL – Scottish Amateur Football League. A very good and experienced League set-up.”

GDSFC SELECT SQUAD: FINAL 16.

GK – Lewis Elliot – Pollokshields United.
DF – William McGowan – North Glasgow Colts.
DF – Chris McInnes – GSC United.
DF – Gregg Forrest – BSC Sunday.
DF – Jordan Simpson – GSC United.
DF – Jaime Robinson – Ferguslie Star.
DF – Mohamed Gabir – Anchor Sociedad.
MF – David Cooper (c) – North Glasgow Colts.
MF – Jett Docherty – Pollokshields United.
MF – Marc McDonnell – GSC United.
MF – Anthony Conroy – Barrhead United.
MF – Ali Herrington – Anchor Sociedad.
MF – Matthew Beckett – BSC Sunday.
FW – David Edwards – Ferguslie Star.
FW – Tony Sawyers – Barrhead United.
FW – Cha O’ Brien – Maryhill Milan.

The match was played at Scotstoun Stadium, and refereed by Mr Douglas Gunning.

Nim added “The game was a very entertaining match, and a great advert for SAFA Football, with chances a plenty for both teams, and a host of good players on show.”

“SAFL won it 4-3 on penalties following a 4-4 draw in regular time. I felt we were unlucky to lose out in the lottery of penalties.”

The GDSFC goal scorers were Tony Sawyers (Barrhead Utd) Willie McGowan (North Glasgow Colts), Cha O’Brien (Maryhill Milan) and Mo Gabir (Anchor Sociedad). Graphics and photograph kindly provided by GDSFC League Secretary Mr Nim Roy.

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