Lee for three
Shooting boots back on for Saturday after a fairly fallow few matches. Five goals and some shootie in practice is just the kind of preparation we could do with,and with the huns to face next week we also have our first free midweek for quite some time. They had a pretty-ugly!-torrid time of it in Dingwall yesterday and I’m kinda hoping they get ripped a new one in midweek while our players are relaxing. Works for me.
Looking back at the game,it was five going on ten,really. We had twenty shots on goal,sixteen on target. Their keeper Vaclav Hladky was the latest to have an outstanding performance against us,and he might even have sneaked the Man of the Match Award in the eyes of some neutrals. I believe he is out of contract in the summer and may be worth looking at as back-up to Scott Bain for next season if we can’t get to keep Fraser Forster where he belongs. Anyway,to the match.
St Mirren made it clear from the start that they weren’t just there to make up the numbers and had a good go at it in the first quarter of an hour,with three or four shots at goal. None of them were particularly troublesome for Forster admittedly,but they still had to be saved. We then put the foot down a bit ourselves and it was predominately one way traffic from there on in. The first goal came from some work on the left by Greg Taylor who knocked it back and inside to Eddy on the left corner of the box. He looked up and floated a superb cross to Griff who darted between his two markers to get his foot to the ball and guide it in from about six yards.
A superb goal and a real striker’s finish.
For a little while it became the Hladky Show as he pulled off save after save from Eddy,Jamesy twice,Big Tam and Griff and just as COSYCORNERBHOY was probably sneaking into the pie queue,Griff popped up again.
Jamesy did the spadework on the right before cutting it across to the Griff on the edge of the box. This time he decided against giving the keeper a chance to look good and instead beat a couple of defenders and played a tight one-two with Rogic. The return,with his right foot,was perfect. The dinked finish simply sublime.
The second half started where the first had left off,with the keeper making another couple of good stops from Forrest and Rogic. Then Eddy got a bit miffed with it all,receiving the ball with his back to goal on the edge of the area. He feinted to pass it back to Broonie,giving himself space to turn and drove it low to the keeper’s left. Great stuff from a tremendous player.
We had to wait nearly twenty minutes for our fourth and Griff completing his hat trick,during which we saw a St Mirren player being-correctly-booked for their first foul of the day and Lenny remembering about the seven players beside him on the bench.
And it was a peach. Eddy played a superb dummy from a Forrest pass along the edge of the box and Griff hit it hard and low first time. 4-0 and match ball. The rest of the game was really just played out to the whistle until in the final minute,the returning Elhamed cut inside from the right and was pulled down. There was no doubt about the penalty and in fairness the referee Gavin Duncan didn’t hesitate. Would we have got it at 0-0? With most referees up here,definitely not. Apparently,his performance was a refreshing change from the norm. And congratulations too to St Mirren for their efforts,also making a game of it for a while and contributing to the occasion.
CalMac calmly stroked the ball home into the same corner that four of the goals on the day went. A job well done on the day,and we go in to a nice wee break to recharge and recuperate. If I have one minor gripe,it is that Lenny waited so long to bring on the subs. In total,they had forty minutes. At three up after fifty five minutes,he could easily have given them double the game time,thus giving three players double the rest. Heyho…
One man who wasn’t complaining about it,and stayed on the pitch for the full ninety minutes,was Griff. He milked the applause he deserved at the end of the game. It’s his first hat trick for four years,and I hope these things come in threes(!) A deserved Man of the Match winner.
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