Arthurlie 2 vs. 5 Irvine Meadow XI
Evening Times Cup Winners’ Cup
Tuesday 9th June 2009, Kick-Off 7.30pm
Dunterlie Park, Barrhead
The junior season is still ongoing for a week or two yet, so just enough time to cram a couple more games in.
This is my second trip to Dunterlie Park this season. I saw the local derby against Neilston back in January.
The first thing that hits me when I alight at Barrhead train station is the smell. There’s a really strong, horrible smell wafting over the place. I didn’t notice it last time I was here, but it’s certainly prevelant today. I believe it may be farmland nearby, but I’ve had a search online to see what it is exactly, but to no avail. If anyone knows, please enlighten me in the comments.
There’s a small crowd queing up to get in when I arrive at the ground. The first place I head for when I get in is the toilet. Dunterlie Park still has the kind of toilet that all grounds had decades ago. It’s not so much a toilet as a wee wall hidden away behind a slightly bigger wall. The elderly gentleman who stands next to me obviously had a long trip on the bus from Irvine. He provides me with a commentary to his bodily functions. “Oooh, aaah, oh good arse. Oooh, ooh, what a relief, aaaaaahhhh….”
This weather this evening is quite pleasant. The last time I was here it was howling wind and pouring rain.
I notice that many people are coming awy from the pie stall with plates of pie and peas. I don’t try it myself, but I’ll give it a go next time I’m here.
A rare thing happens before kick-off. The linesman actually finds a fault with the goal-net. A portion is loose and leaves a big gap. It’s repaired with very little fuss however and the start of the match isn’t held up for long.
In the starting line-up for Arthurlie tonight, wearing number 15, is the Iranian Pedram Ardalany. Signed in February this year after being released by Partick Thistle, Ardalany came to Britain as a 15-year old asylum seeker in 2004, without being able to speak a word of English.
He began his footballing career with Saipa Karaj FC, working his way through various youth teams, until the political situation in Iran forced him and his father to flee the country.
After a journey through Turkey, Greece, Italy and Holland he finally ended up in Sighthill.
He was spotted playing for Greenview in the Strathclyde Evangelical Churches Football League. Apparently Celtic wanted to sign him, but his lack of a work permit at the time precluded him joining them. When the Home Office gave him leave to remain he was by that time training with Thistle and chose to sign for them.
After being released by Thistle in January Arthurlie gave him a contract until the end of the season.
Irivne Meadow take the lead in 13 minutes when confusion in the Arthurlie defence allows Zander Ryan to get a shot in that keeper Peter Shaw only blocks with his foot. Richie Barr follows up to sidefoot the ball into the net.
It’s two-nil on the half-hour when a foul down the right hand side of the pitch results in a free-kick being fired into the box for David Hamilton to neatly head home.
The Arthurlie fans behind me are outraged at the refereeing decisions and give the linesman nearest them absolute pelters.
Five minutes later Emilio Jaconelli bags a goal when he knocks the ball in from close range after the keeper has blocked a shot.
At this point it was looking like it was all over for Arthurlie, but with six minutes remaining in the half Stephen Anderson shot home through a ruck of players to make the score 3-1.
He’s played through just two minutes later when John McLay hits a defence splitting pass. He keeps his cool and drills the ball in to bring Arthurlie back in it at 3-2. It’s now looking like it might be one of the best games of the season.
Arthurlie pile forward in search of an equaliser and Ardalany had a great chance, but fired the ball over the bar.
At half-time though the home support are quite happy with the scoreline.
I have a wander around the ground during the interval and can’t help but notice that there’s several big drinking sessions on the go. A group of youngsters and another group of older lads have full cargoes on the go. There’s MD 20/20, Buckfast, Miller and Scrumpy Jack all being put away.
At the start of the second-half Arthurlie’s chance of a come back is pretty much extinguished when centre-forward George Wallace receives a staright red card for a studs up challenge on Mark Crilly. There’s no complaints from the ‘Lie fans behind me, and had it being even slightly dubious I’d have heard them.
That smell still hangs over the ground.
Some old guys return, having nipped to the pub at half-time. Some other old guys wind them up that they’ve missed a couple of goals. Hilarity ensuses when they discover that they haven’t in fact missed any second-half goals, just a red card.
It’s 4-2 Meadda when a 20 yard screamer from Barr flies into the net with 12 minutes remaining. Thre minutes later he nabs his hat-trick, when he meets a long diagonal ball into the penalty box on the volley and crashes an unstoppable shot into the goal.
The Arthurlie fans finish the game off by giving the linesman a bit more abuse.
Arthurlie: Shaw, Lundie, Sharp, McKeown, Higgins, McLay, Ardalany, Johnston, Wallace, Malcolm, Anderson
Scorer: Anderson (39, 41)
Irvine Meadow: Wardrope, Ryan, Swift, McGowan, Robertson, Crilly (Docherty), Strain, Turner, Barr (McLaren), Jaconelli (Boyle), Hamilton. Subs Not Used: McGinty, Hislop
Scorers: Barr (13, 78, 81), Hamilton (30), Jaconelli (35)