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Belleaire AFC 10
Greater Glasgow Premier AFL
The scoreline belies some great Carradale moments especially, perhaps the best goal in Campbeltown, of the season so far, from big Pole Nanek.
It was a bad start with the visitors notching two in the opening 11 minutes.
With referee Neil MacPhail well back down the pitch, many fans protested for offside, particularly the group of five by the goal, to no avail.
There was some desultory play mainly in the Carradale half before Belleaire chalked up a third.
The McFadyens Transport sponsored ‘Dale seemed revitalised and a steaming move saw Nanek, at least 35 yards out, unleash a thunderbolt to hammer the ball home leaving the goalie floundering.
It was a perfect strike, easily the best of the match and one of the best for many’s a year.
The Carradale squad was missing some stalwarts. With most experienced players: MacBrayne, McPhail, Kerr, Croll and McIlroy either unavailable or injured and Daniel Docherty who has been off work long term with his injury.
Keith Mathieson returned after a long lay off of many years.
Belleaire are undoubtedly a good side and it was the ball control that paid off. Perfectly timed passes and a style of play suiting the 3G which kept the ball on the ground.
At 3-1 ‘Dale had a few chances but there never seemed to be anyone in the right place to take advantage.
Belleaire consolidated their lead with another two leaving the half-time score at 5-1.
In the opening 12 minutes, of the second half, Belleaire averaged one goal every four minutes, to bring the score to 8-1.
‘Dale’s response was to give the young lads Matthew Lang, Ryan McGrory and Liam Stacey a chance to stretch their legs.
There were some good chances in the second half and both Stacey and Lang had a poke at goal but the experienced keeper was on top of his game.
‘Dale never gave up hope and played hard to the finish. Centre half, Gemmill, scored the home side’s second, beating the goalie on his left hand side.
But at 9-2 it was too much to ask and although the youngsters are Carradale’s future they are not there yet.
Just before the close Belleaire confirmed their match mastery with a 10th and it seems bottom placed ‘Dale may be playing a league too high.
Man of the match was Ryan Blackstock and the match ball was sponsored by Robert Millar.
Food for Thought once again provided refreshments at the Comm.
Tomorrow Carradale travel to Boswell where referee Ricky Connell will officiate in the 1.30pm start.
Elliot Gemmill made a great cross in the first half but there was no one to receive it. 25_c46carradale01
Polish striker Nanek hit a thunderbolt from at least 35 yards out for Carradale’s first goal. 25_c46carradale02
A corner chance came to nothing. 25_c46carradale03
The Bellaire goalie tipped this ball over the cross bar. 25_c46carradale04