Kilbride Thistle AFC boss Sean Kenney has played down Saturday’s opening friendly result against Largs Thistle Amateurs at the Inverclyde National Centre, writes Tom Scott.
In lovely weather, Thistle, who led 1-0 at the break, went on to score seven second half goals, but, more importantly as far as his was concerned, kept a clean sheet.
Said Sean; “We won’t be getting carried away with today’s 8-0 win.”
New Under-20 Development team manager Ryan Docherty took the pre-match warm-up and delivered a special “pep talk” to one of his emerging young stars, 19-year-old Donald Bell, who was thrown straight into the starting line-up in central midfield for his amateur football debut.
No pressure there, Donald, when the Manager has complete faith in your ability!
Speaking exclusively to Scottish Amateur Football News after the final whistle Sean Kenney said: “Donald has trained with us at first team level, and is a great prospect.”
“We had a big squad available today with experienced players left out, and some of them have not come here to watch from the touch line, but hopefully by putting Donald straight into the team – and in a position ( central midfield ) – where you can’t hide – sends out a message to other younger players that this is the level you want to aspire to!”
“We knew Largs would be a fit, young team and come out of the traps flying inside the opening 10 minutes, and that is exactly what happened. They played a high tempo game, and it took us time to adjust.”
“Once we settled and scored, it gave us the chance to kick-on and we restricted them to shotting from outside the box. Donald was involved in the build-up to the first half goal.
“Second half we blew them away.”
“At Kilbride Thistle we look to win games in a certain way, and I want to single out our two different line-ups of defenders in keeping a clean sheet.”
“It would have been very easy to become complacent, lazy and sloppy with the changes that take place on the park in a friendly, but I thought they all defended really well.”
Following Cammy Blair’s first half counter, Ryan Wilson bagged a second half hat-trick, Robert Frew scored on his debut, alongside counters from Darren Frye, Robbie MacInnes and an own goal.
Due to the on-going Scottish Government travel ban in and out of Glasgow, it looks as though Kilbride Thistle will now be looking for new opponents to play at home this Saturday, May 29.