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Greater Glasgow Football League
After a five week break from play Carradale never really left second gear in this tie with top of the table Newshot.
It was the East Kintyre team’s heaviest league defeat for 22 months and the first time in 34 games when they have not scored a goal.
After the long festive break facing a team which had played three times in the same period ‘Dale was yards off the pace.
In a bid to stifle the Renfrew side’s renowned mid-field attack, the McFadyen’s sponsored, ‘Dale started with a 4-5-1 formation. It made no difference and the fitness and ability of Newshot allowed its strikers to play ‘Dale off the park.
Newshot passed well but despite having the bulk of the possession in the first 17 minutes Neil McMillan was never troubled in the Carradale goal.
The Renfrewshire side opened its account in the 18th minute with a move down the right flank which was their strongest area.
Ryan McGrory was exposed and the right mid-fielder cut the ball back to a striker who slotted it home from six or seven yards.
In the 24th minute Carradale gave Newshot’s goalie a surprise from a dead ball. It was a free kick from 22 yards, taken by David Johnstone, but Newshot’s keeper made a fine finger tip save pushing the ball round the post.
In the 32nd minute Newshot doubled its lead after a throw in at the 18 yard line. A ‘Dale player was nutmegged and McMillan was unable to see round his own defence as the ball hit the net.
On the 39th minute Daniel Docherty had a shot on the right but it went straight into the Newshot keeper’s hands.
In an almost identical move, to the first goal, Newshot broke away down the right hand side, on the stroke of half-time, to score a third goal again from close range.
After the break, Carradale changed its formation to 4-4-2 to put more pressure on Newshot’s back four but passing was poor and Newshot kept making chances.
In the 68th minute Newshot was given a penalty.
A ball was not cleared, McMillan dived to clear it and brought down Newshot’s number seven who stepped up to the spot to score the fourth.
With eight minutes left a poor clearance across the Carradale goal was picked up at 16 yards. The Newshot striker had all the time in the workl to pick his spot, giving McMillan no chance.
An away fixture, with up to six regulars missing and the lack of match practice all combined to make it a tough game for ‘Dale. With help from the referee Daniel Docherty was named man of the match.
Hopefully with more players available ‘Dale should have a better game tomorrow, against West Cliff, on the all weather pitch.
As the Courier wen to press the game was scheduled for 1pm but to confirm see the Carradale AFC Facebook page.
It will be a busy day on the 3G pitch. Campbeltown Pupils U16 will play Oban Saints U16 at 10am and the Pupils, in their first home action for a considerable time, take on Neilston.
Man of the match Daniel Docherty. NO_c38carradale02_daniel docherty
Neil McMillan in action earlier in the season. 25_c29carradale03_neil mcmillan