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