This Second Round match in the SFA South Region Challenge Cup brought us and Heston Rovers together for the first time ever. Despite being used for three consecutive weeks and taking on plenty of rain in the last week, Carmuirs Park was looking really good ahead of this Cup tie and was even complemented by the referee.
Manager Gordon Herd named an unchanged lineup from the squad that beat Linlithgow last Saturday. 118 people came to see the game which, although down on the previous week, was 99% Camelon fans which is real encouragement going forwards and testament to the work being carried out both on and off the field.
Both teams started strong and there were some tense exchanges in the opening minutes. But Camelon soon took the upper hand and had the ball in the net on two occasions in the first 10 minutes – only for both efforts to be ruled out for offside. Infact, the offside trap at both ends of the park would be well used throughout the whole match.
Heston began to get a bit more of the ball and an attack on 11 minutes saw a final shot go across the face of the goal. But we soon picked up a gear and around a quarter of an hour into the game, a goalmouth scramble following a corner for us led to an attempt from Jordon Herron being saved well by the Heston keeper. Shortly after, our two forwards linked up well with Alan Sneddon coming close with his shot off Kieran Anderson’s cross.
During the next 15-20 minutes, the crowd was treated to some strong football from both teams with more pressure, attempts on goal and offsides at both ends of the park. Then on 39 minutes, Connor McMullan picked up the ball just over the half way line and pressed forward. As Heston covered off various passing options, Connor found himself through on goal and completed his run with a fine effort to break the deadlock.
Further pressure from the Mariners followed and Kieran Anderson had two attempts that went close. Just before half time, Heston pressed forwards again only to be caught by the offside trap.
As the second half began, we started very strong and an early attack saw a searching cross sent in by Alan Sneddon that Kieran Anderson was just beaten to by the Heston keeper. However, 8 minutes into the half, the same move resulted in Kieran doubling the lead for the Mariners. Then, in the very next attack, following a goal area scramble, Ryan Kane battled through to net his first goal of the season. The pressure continued and this time Kieran Anderson crossed in to Alan Sneddon, only for Heston’s keeper to grab the ball off Sneds’ feet.
On 65 minutes, Gordon Herd began to make changes and Ryan Kane made way for Conor McKenzie. He was immediately into the action and following a strong build up from our players, he found himself through on goal and scored our 4th goal.
Further substitutions followed as Lewis Small came on for Kieran Anderson, and Ross Cameron came on for Alan Sneddon. We continued to press on towards the end and in the final few minutes both of the later subs were involved in the action. Lewis Small was just caught out by the offside trap and Ross Cameron, through on goal, was frustrated by the Heston keeper.
Shortly after, the referee brought proceedings to a close and, with a strong team performance resulting in a clean sheet and 4 separate scorers, we head on to the third round of this Cup competition.
|September 15, 2018||2:30 pm||SFA South Region Challenge Cup||2018-2019||90'|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|5||Greg Skinner||Defender||0||0||1 (3')||0|
|7||Ryan Kane 17||Midfielder||1 (55')||0||1 (63')||0|
|8||Jason Deans||Midfielder||0||0||1 (83')||0|
|9||Alan Sneddon 12||Forward||0||1 (53')||0||0|
|11||Connor McMullan||Midfielder||1 (39')||0||0||0|
|12||Ross Cameron 9||Forward||0||0||0||0|
|17||Conor McKenzie 7||Midfielder||1 (66')||0||0||0|