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2009/10 – Game 6 – Girvan vs. Petershill

July 31, 2009

Girvan vs. Petershill

Girvan 2 vs. 2 Petershill

Pre-season Friendly
Saturday 25th July 2009, Kick-Off 2.45pm
Hamilton Park, Girvan

It’s a lovely summer’s day, just the one in amongst the almost constant rain that we’ve been having on the west coast of Scotland. Girvan’s about an hour and a half away on the train from Glasgow, changing at Ayr.

Hamilton Park couldn’t be much closer to the train station. It’s right around the corner and less than two minutes walk.

The kick-off time as advertised on Petershill’s website is 2.30pm, so I’m there in plenty of time. However, as the teams are still out kicking the ball around at that time it’s obvious the advertised time is wrong. Some of the punters around me think it’s a 3 o’clock kick off, but the game actually gets under way just before ten to three.

It’s quite a competitive match with both sides committed in their tackling.

The pie stall has ran out of pies so someone makes a run to Asda to get some more.

Girvan take the lead in 33 minutes when their number 10 rolls the ball in after one of his team-mates has cracked a shot off the crossbar. The Petershill goalkeeper sums up the run of play, “Wan chance the cunts have had and they’ve scored!”

The scores are levelled on 40 minutes when Petershill’s number 10 slots the ball into the far corner.

At half-time the social club bar has run out of vodka and someone has to go out to Asda to get more. “You guys can come back anytime,” he says to a group of elderly Petershill fans.

Girvan vs. Petershill

In 65 minutes Petershill get in front when John McGonnigle gets his head to an inswinging corner.

The referee spends much of the last twenty minutes pulling up a succession of Petershill players. With the match being a friendly there’s an obvious reluctance to get the yellow card out, but the game is stopping every couple of minutes so that another Petershill player can get on the receiving end of a talking to.

Girvan equalise in 76 minutes when their number 6 fires in a beautiful free-kick that goes in off the post.

The home team get the chance to win it with two minutes left when the Petershill keeper pulls down the Girvan no 16 as he goes round him. The Girvan player/manager who has just come on as a sub steps up to take the kick. It’s poor and the keeper makes the save.

Petershill supporters

That’s the last action from an entertaining game. A warm day and four goals makes the trip worthwhile.


Game Thirty-One – Petershill vs. Clydebank

March 19, 2009

Petershill vs. Clydebank

Petershill 1 vs. 2 Clydebank

Scottish Junior Cup Quarter-Final
Saturday 14th March 2009, Kick-Off 2.30pm
Petershill Park, Springburn

I’m becoming something of a regular at Petershill Park, as this is my fourth visit there this season. The first to see Petershill though.

This match stood out when I looked through the fixtures a week ago. As a Clydebank supporter I knew that this is a pretty big match for them.

With William Hills Clydebank are 7-2 to win the match and reach the last four for the first time since they became a junior team in 2002. Petershill are 1/3 to win the tie. For the cup itself The Peasy are quoted at 7-2 with Bankies 20-1 outsiders. So not many folk are giving the away team much of a chance today.

The Clydebank fans have travelled in numbers. I think it’s fair to say the away support outnumber the home fans.

There is a strong wind blowing. The corner flags are having trouble standing upright. Being Astrograss they aren’t hammered into the ground. A Petershill official wants to use cones in their place, but the referee is hearing none of it. Some young boys are enlisted to pick the flags up whenever they fall down.

Clydebank come at Petershill from the first whistle. They have an excellent chance in the 3rd minute, but the Peasy keeper makes a good save.

What appears to be a Clydebank Boys Team (they’re all wearing tracksuits) spend much of the first half indulging in high-pitched singing, chasing each other around and climbing over the barriers to get onto the pitchside.

In the 14th minute Clydebank win a corner on the left. Mark Hailstones takes it. The wind helps the ball curl into the goalmouth and past the keeper’s despairing dive to drop straight into the net. Bankies take a shock lead.

“It’s the fucking wind that scored that,” mumbles one Petershill fan beside me. There’s no denying that the wind played a major part in the goal. Before the match I watched Clydebank’s gaffer Budgie McGhie put his corner kick takers at either side through their paces and it’s paid off handsomely.

Nineteen minutes later Clydebank’s new signing Chris Mackie finds himself in a packed penalty area. He swings his boot at the ball and appears to connect poorly. The ball, however, rises and lands in the top corner of Petershill’s net. The Peasy players are stunned. They’re now two down. Mackie leads his team-mates in a celebratory charge up the pitch to the Clydebank dugout.

Chris Mackie off on his celebration

The Clydebank Boys Team are now shouting abuse at a resident of a nearby house.

Late on in the first half Stefan Gonet in the Bankies goal makes a great save to stop Petershill getting back into it.

In the second half the ball is barely out of Clydebank’s half. Gonet makes several good saves to keep the scoreline intact.

Petershill put everything they have into finding a way back into this match, but when another shot goes astray you can tell it’s not going to be their day as several players cry out in frustration.

They have so many attacks it’s almost inevitable that they’re going to score. In the 90th minute the ball falls to Stevie Dallas, a Clydebank man in his testimonial season at Petershill. Dallas hammers it and Gonet can only watch as it flies into the net.

The twenty yard screamer is met by silence. It’s too late for Petershill to get an equaliser now, surely. But they push forward once more and gain a corner. Their keeper comes up to join in the attack, the first time I’ve seen that this season. But they can’t find that one goal they need.

Clydebank have provided the shock of the round and they now find themselves in the Scottish Junior Cup semi-finals.

As the final whistle sounds the Clydebank fans spill onto the pitch. It seems daft not to join them so I follow on as the support surround Gonet who takes their acclaim.

Bankies now face a two-leg semi-final against either Pollok, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy or the winners of the drawn Arthulie-Auchinleck Talbot tie.

This is the match report on the Clydebank website.

Clydebank supporter John Dunbar films all Clydebank’s games and then very quickly edits them into highlights. It’s thanks to him that the goals and brief highlights are down at the bottom of this post. You can find more of his footage from other Clydebank games on his website.

Stefan Gonet takes the fans' acclaim

Petershill: Parry, Wild (McCabe 77), McMenamin, Joyce, Coulter, McPhee (Lindsay 75), Murray (McGowan 60), Dallas, McCarroll, Keenan

Scorer: Dallas (90)

Clydebank: Gonet, Soutar, Lynn, Rushford, McInnes, A. Jack, Smith, Anderson (McIntrye 84), Mackie (Selkirk 74), Hobbs (Cunningham 58), Hailstones

Scorers: Hailstones (14), Mackie (33)

Referee: Derek Nicholls (Motherwell)

Assistants: David Cockburn, Peter Hefford