The final pre season match arrived, and the team were looking forward to getting an opportunity to play at the home park for the coming season for the first time. A thread bare squad was assembled, as we took on an established team due to play in the league above us this season.
We founds ourselves down 2 goals pretty early in the game, but were not to be defeated, not yet. We clawed back to go in at half time 3-2 up. Unfortunately, the gas was empty in the 2nd as Lochgreen utilitised their experience, and fresh legs, to put us to the sword.
Thanks to Lochgreen for the game, and all the best for the season ahead.
The torrential rain was certainly not going to dampen anyone's day here. Our game v the 603 Squadron had been in the works for a while, with both The Yard and ourselves benefitting from any donations made to the event.
Prior to kick off, we were presented with a £500 cheque donated by Brodie Engineering Ltd Kilmarnock. We can not thank the guys here enough for a truly generous donation.
Manager Crawford took a select side up for this early, Saturday morning tie, made up of Amateur, Reserve players, and even a trialist in his 13 man squad. The team lined up in a 4-3-3, with Reserve ‘keeper Hastie in goal, a familiar central defence pairing of Cairns & McPherson ,with Hamill and Mcardle of the Reserves completing the back 4. Mason, Martin and trialist McFarlane took up the midfield roles, with Paton, Maxwell & Davie in attack.
The C9 team started on the front foot, creating opportunities, only to have the 603 besting every shot. 10 minutes in and we found the breakthrough following some nice play. Mason's shot looked to have been covered by the ‘keeper, only for the conditions to play it's part, resulting in the ball skidding away and in to the net.
12 minutes later and the 603 found an equaliser after the C9 team had sat off and allowed to counter, finishing with a great strike.
The game opened up, with both teams creating chances, but the goalkeepers were on top of their game, matching anything thrown their way.
35 minutes in, as the C9 Select side started to get a hold of the game, broke forward and added a 2nd through Davie. Crawford then made his first change of the day, introducing Jamieson to give Mcardle a breather.
Half time came and went with Trialist McFarlane growing in to the game even more, adding a quick fire double within 10 minutes of the restart with some cool finishing. Crawford introduced Fleming of the Reserves to the match.
7 minutes later and Paton got in on the action. His shot coming off the sliding defender looped high in to the air, goal bound. A lack of communication from the 603's goalkeeper and defender resulted in neither going for the ball, as it dropped in to the net.
Within a minute, another goal was added, with McFarlane rounding off his hat trick after being set up by Davie in the box.
It was another 10 minutes before the next goal, with Davie adding his second of the day.
The match was played in great spirits, and very competitively, with everyone walking off the park in great spirits. We would like to thank the 603 Squadron for the game, and we look forward to making this an annual game.
MOTM: Jay Mcfarlane
Today, two teams pushing the Mental Health message met in both teams first pre season. It is great to see another team not too far from us also pushing the message that it is OK not to be OK through the channel of football.
Manager Crawford had to rely again on Reserve players and trialists to take up positions of absent players.
Match report short, the C9 looked like a team playing our first game, whilst MH Utd played like a well organised outfit. An 8-2 defeat would ensue.
A tough day at the office for our amateurs. Manager Crawford having 10 (yes, ten!) bodies unavailable for a game against a well established Livingstone Community AFC. Ever the optimist, Crawford seen this as an opportunity to trial some new players, and give some Reserve players a chance to impress.
R. Jamieson, S. Hamill, K. Conway & J. Matusavage were all called up. D. Pew, a new addition was included, and there was a trial in place for S. Ross.
The game started well, but a sloppy goal was lost in the first 10 minutes. 3 changes had to be made just after this, and a further one to injury 5 minutes later, losing Crawford his bench for the afternoon. The game played out well, with some players out of position, which ultimately cost us possession. After a shot went wide, a miss-kicked goal kick cannoned off one of our own players for a corner. The resulting kick lead to Livingston’s second goal.
We played through to half time, creating a handful of chances, with two which could have seen us level. Livingston’s experience shone through around the hour mark, and quickly fired in two further goals. D. Pew took a head knock and was unable to continue. With just under 30 minutes to go, and down to 10 men, the rest as they say, was history.
Thanks to Livingston Community FC for the game, and we wish them well in this season's WLSAFL.
Today seen our amateur team play their first game at home against an established Glasgow Corinthians side. With 3 wins form 3, the team were looking to kick off things well at home. With Manager Crawford absent from the fixture, Club Captain Greg Cairns took the reigns.
“It was a big game for me today, not only to lead and manage the side, but to be playing against my former team. We won our fair share of trophies, so I knew they would be a good side. It was also good to play against my older brother, the man who taught me how to defend.”
The game started well, with the C9 passing the ball around well, but were soon undone with a ball over the top, with the Corinthians striker holding off the defence to finish. The 2nd half started the same, with the Corries finishing off a nice move with a low shot into the bottom corner. With more attacking from both sides, it was up to the ‘keepers to have their say on the scoreline, both keeping out an array of shots. The Corinthians would go on to find a 3rd goal before the match finished.
“It was a great game of football today, with both teams looking to play the game on the deck. It was great to catch up with the Glasgow Corinthians after the match, with talk of coming on board as a partner team.”
C9 Clothing MOTM - Cory Maxwell
Our Reserves team took on our partner team, The Glasgow Titans, this morning in a friendly match at Toryglen. Player / Manager Ross took along his squad for the 10am kick off.
“Big thank you to Glasgow Titans for today's game. Fantastic turnout and effort from both teams.”
“Today's game taught us that the work being done on the training ground is bringing our game together well and that the work rates and effort must continue.”
“Although the scoreline tells a different story, we started the game well and finished the game well, communication errors cost us today.”
“Well done again to GT.“
The game ended 14-2 to the Titans. Preparation for the rematch starts this Wednesday.
C9 Clothing MOTM - Steven Hammil
Our partner team, the Scottish Borders Seniors, hosted an awareness and fundraising day in aid of the cause. This was made up of two games, a Men’s Utd select side would play our Reserves side, with the SBS playing our amateur side, for the Berwick & Borders Charity Cup.
More to follow…
📝 MATCH REPORT
A hard fought win for the C9 Development team, as they beat the C9 Reserves in today's friendly.
The Development team started off on the front foot. After some nice work, a gap opened up inside the box and Danny Martin finding James Davie, he took the opportunity with aplomb to place the ball past the scrambling keeper within the 1st minute. 1:0
Two minutes later, and James Davie picked up the ball after a great through-ball from Scott Brown and hit a crisp strike straight into the back of the net. 2:0
With 15 minutes on the clock, C9 Reserves took advantage of a defensive error to score a nicely taken goal. Lewis McParlane finding the net at the second time of asking. 2:1
3 minutes later and the Development team extended their lead again, Martin Banks leapt above the defenders and netted after a great delivery from a corner by John Connolly. 3:1
It had been coming. After a sustained period of pressure, C9 Reserves scored a well deserved goal. The ball drops to Kris Livingstone at the edge of the box perfectly for the strike. A wicked deflection off Derek Tyson see's the ball loop over Chris Anderson in the goal. 3:2
After some nice work by C9 Development, a gap opened up outside the box and Danny Martin took the opportunity to rifle the ball past the scrambling keeper. 4:2
Kevin Paton anticipated the cross from John Connolly well and met the ball with a firm header to score for C9 Development. Another set piece goal. 5:2
After some nice work by C9 Development, a gap opened up outside the box and Kevin Paton took the opportunity to raise the ball over Liam Marshall in the Reserve's goal. 6:2
Disappointment was in the air for C9 Development, but C9 Reserves were happy with this one, capitalising on a well worked opening, they took full advantage with a lobbed effort of their own, this time Cory Maxwell lifting over the on rushing Chris Anderson. 6:3
71 minutes played as James Davie picked up the ball from Kevin Paton and curled a sweet strike past the C9 Reserves goalkeeper. The keeper had no chance. 7:3
In the last 5 minutes there was a penalty awarded to the C9 Reserves. After some excellent play, a ball in was adjudged to hit struck Martin Banks' hand. David Turriff stepped up, and seemingly scuffed his shot, for it to find its way just inside the post. 7:4
25. C. Anderson (GK)
3. C. Hamilton
4. L. Mcpherson
5. S. Gray (C)
6. D. Martin ⚽
8. A. Mason
9. J. Davie ⚽⚽⚽
10. S. Brown
12. J. Connolly
23. L. Salih
26. M. Banks ⚽
2. K. Paton ⚽⚽
14. J. Martin
15. G. Hastie (GK) 🏆
2. J. Choi
3. C. Donaldson
4. P. Mckenzie (C)
9. C. Maxwell ⚽
10. L. Mckay
16. K. Livingstone
18. D. Turriff ⚽ (Pen)
22. G. Mcardle
47. L. McParlane ⚽
49. S. Mearns
12. D. Tyson ⚽
13. J. Matusavage
14. S. Hamill
94. R. Jamieson
99. L. Marshall (GK)
C9 Foundation AFC 18 v 1 Glasgow Titans
The PK Trophy, sponsored by C9 Clothing, is an annual match held between our amateur team, and one of our partner teams, The Glasgow Titans.
Manager Colin Crawford called up some Reserve players to join his match day squad;
Lewis McParlane, Martin Green & Kris Livingstone, all joining James Martin and Ross Strathearn on the bench.
Crawford set up in his preferred 4-3-3, electing to start with Chris Anderson in goals, a centre half pairing of Greg Cairns (C) & Liam McPherson. Layth Salih and Christopher Hamilton completing the back four. Sam Gray, Andrew Mason & Owen Leach took the jerseys in the middle of the park, with Danny Martin, Scott Brown and James Davie completing the starting 11 in the front three.
The match was played in fantastic spirits on the day, with awareness of the cause being raised locally.
D. Martin ⚽
J. Martin ⚽
C9 Clothing MOTM: S. Gray 🏆