‘Dale see signs of recovery in tough conditions

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Carradale 1

Glasgow University B 3

Greater Glasgow Football League Div 2

After a series of heavy defeats, partly due to injuries, Carradale performed very well against a side, second in the league and looking for promotion.

Carradale chose to play with the strong wind in the first half and pressed forward with the advantage it gave.

Early on DJ slipped a ball through to Nanek who beat the keeper only to see the ball slam into the post and the danger was cleared.

‘Dale played a high line attacking position, but with all credit to Glasgow University they passed the ball round and were always a danger on the break.

‘Dale had three free kicks from corners of the box but none disturbed the opposition keeper.

Midway through the first half a lull in the weather gave Glasgow a chance and slick passing manoeuvres, with eight players involved in each finished with Deans scoring from 12 yards out in the 29th minute.

The Kintyre side was very unfortunate not to equalise a minute later, when Elliot Gemmill, on the right wing, cut inside the full back and his first time effort, from the corner of the box, came crashing off the crossbar.

The McFadyens Transport sponsored ‘Dale finally equalised in the 37 minute, again the Glasgow side were playing from the back but DJ took full advantage.

He scored with a thumping shot into the back of the net having dispossessed the keeper.

On the stroke of half-time Matthew Lang playing with Nanek had a chance to put ‘Dale ahead but the keeper saved the shot.

Carradale knew they would be under pressure from the well drilled University side, when playing against the wind and tried to play a high level going into the second half.

But the away side caught them offside. Craig Galbraith worked well playing with, eventual man of the match, Calum Johnson for the first time.

In the 59th minute there was a skirmish in the box after a corner, Johnson cleared the ball but it ricocheted off the incoming player into the net.

The Glasgow students had more possession with the wind advantage. With 18 minutes left, a tremendous fingertip save, by Neil McMillan, pushed the ball over the bar.

With four minutes left the away side put the game beyond ‘Dale’s reach when Matthew Lamont tried to clear a corner shot but unforunately scored an own goal.

In high winds and driving rain the game fizzled out.

Both sides had played well in the conditions and kept the ball on the deck in addition, referee, Archie Mitchell said it was an easy game to ref with no bad tackles.

The match ball was sponsored by Wee Toon Sports and a Carradale spokesperson thanked Food for Thought for the post match hospitality.

Tomorrow Carradale travels to Helensburgh for an early kick off at noon.