Gaffer Stevie McCallum Senior hailed the Bellgrove Amateurs F.C. squad after securing their first victory of the new Football Central Division B campaign, writes Tom Scott.
Bellgrove Amateurs FC 2, Muirend 1.
He said “Great effort from every one of my lads – 6 goalkeepers were contacted. None were available. Declan Cook stepped up and took the gloves,”
“We had a strong squad and the lads were led superbly by Lee Muir.”
“Surrounded by his team mates, we took on a great Muirend side. The boys were excellent, and at the water break, we were doing okay.”
“We had opened our account on the goalscoring front.”
“Andrew O’Brien put a cross in even Ronaldo would’ve been proud of. It was followed in and our lad Sean McCarroll rose like a gazelle and met it sweetly. He powered a header at 4.11pm, and I think the nets were still rustling by the ball.”
“We were in new territory being in front after not scoring in 187 minutes the last 2 weeks.”
“We started to move the ball into dangerous spaces for our lads to get on, forced into a change, and our boy got on and made a big impact.”
“We created so many opportunties of half chances, but Muirend’s goalkeeper was quality-band.”
“We just went to sleep , and Muirend punished us, with good work down the left.”
Half-Time Scoreline 1-1.
“We looked lazy a bit but we pressed and pushed and demanded the ball, in numbers, in dangerous places of Muirend’s defence.”
“Lads were more solid shape setting up, and with Richard Smith moving to full back, Steven Robb was moving into advance spaces at will, and could have scored a hat trick.”
“We got a break, when for the 3rd week in a row, after great tenacity from Andrew O’Brien (left mid), we were awarded a penalty.”
“Our captain had arranged with his strike partner, Mark, he was on them, and he smashed it past the keeper.”
“We created so much in the centre with our 3 boys, but Barry Dee had been scrapping and battling in there.”
“He created so many passes for us in advanced spaces that we knew a 3rd was coming.”
“Sean McCarroll had been close with a few shots, but he picked ball up. Lee Muir moved forward, taking 2 Muirend defenders. Sean took 1 more touch and unleashed a ferocious right foot drive on target – through the goalkeeper’s hands who was on his line.”
“Hit the net behind the bar, bounced 2 yards behind the keeper, and the line and back spinned out. Ref played on.”
“We kept working and trusting each other, and got over the line.”
“First victory – start of our season, great effort, tireless effort, and good balance.”
“Cmonnnn the Grove!”
Goalscorers: Sean McCarroll and Mark McHugh.
Man of the Match: Barry Dunsmuir.
Managers Man of the Match: Stevie Turnbull.