Due to committee members being on holiday the GPR website has been rather neglected as of late. Saturday 1st October saw Greig Park exit the Scottish Amateur Cup at the second round stage. They suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of local rivals Leven Utd.
The next fixture on the eight of October was better news, a 4-1 win away from home against Falkland. A welcome three points.
Unfortunately the fixture scheduled for Saturday the 15th, a 1st rd. Fife Cup tie against AM Soccer had to be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. That game should go ahead this coming a Saturday the 22nd.
It was with a number of players either injured, on holiday or missing due to work commitments that Greig Park lined up against previously unbeaten Aberdour. The decision taken by the manager at the start of the season to go with a large squad proved the right one as the line up was still strong enough to inspire optimism among the supporters.
Right from the start it was the home team that took the game to their opponents and Dylan Muir on the right wing was causing the Aberdour defence problems with his pace and crosses. With fifteen mins. on the clock it was no surprise that Greig Park took the lead. Steven Fraser won the ball in midfield and his through ball allowed Muir space to send an accurate cross into the box for Konner Lindsay to score from close range. 1-0 GPR. The visitors, for the greater part of the first half, were unable to create many gilt edge chances but their height gave them hope when set piece balls were sent into the GPR goalmouth. As the half wore on a couple of half chances for Muir and one for Nicolson were the highlights. Half time GPR 1 Aberdour 0
The visitors upped their game in the second half as they created more chances in the first fifteen minutes of the second half than they did in the whole of the first half. The Greig Park defence, well marshalled by captain Bremner were keeping them out as the away team began to lose they’re discipline. On the hour mark the Aberdour midfielder received a second yellow for dissent. It was GPR who were content to hit on the break with Drummond and substitute Cairns combining well down the left in the search for the second goal. With fourteen minutes left to play Aberdour got the equaliser. A snap shot surprised keeper Snaddon and he fumbled the attempt at keeping the ball out. Greig Park, to their credit were still going for the winner up until the last minute but sadly it alluded them and the game finished in a draw.
In honesty a draw was a fair result in the end. It will probably be even tougher this coming weekend as GPR head along the road to play last seasons finalists Leven Utd. in the second round of the Scottish Amateur Cup.
After last week’s fiasco when the game against Glenrothes was cancelled at late notice, this week saw the Windygates boys head along to Lumphinnans to take on the local Utd. in what is usually a tough encounter. Snaddon continued in goals, Campbell, Lindsay, Fraser and Adam all returned to the starting line up.
Greig Park were first to show after a couple of minutes when a Graham through ball found Muir who shot narrowly wide. With no let up it was GPR who took the lead with 11 minutes on the clock, as a cross came in the home goalkeeper pushed Adam to the ground and the referee pointed to the spot. Fraser Moncrieff stepped up and slotted the pen home. 1-0. Ten minutes later it was two when a Fraser free kick was played to Adam, he then worked a one two with Drummond and he smashed the return home from close range. 2-0 GPR. At this stage and for virtually all the first half Greig Park held the upper hand and Snaddon and co dealt with the occasional Ylum pressure with ease. Ten minutes before half time it was three when Adam played a through ball to Moncrieff and the on form striker made no mistake to take his seasons total to fourteen. Half Time Ylum 0 GPR 3
Lumphinnans subbed their centre midfielder at half time, hoping to turn the game around. Five minutes into the second half it was game over when Konner Lindsay latched onto a long pass and then beat the keeper at his near post to make it 4-0. Fraser, in the GPR midfield couldn’t resist winding up his opposite number but harshly received a yellow card for his troubles. With fifteen minutes left the same player got his marching orders after a second yellow card for dissent. As the game wound down GPR retained control and looked comfortable in possession as they coasted home to take all three points.
The big matches keep on coming for Greig Park as this week they face unbeaten Aberdour at Windygates in a must win game, the other contenders are probably hoping for a GPR win as well, to bring the leaders back into the pack. Injuries are becoming a problem so a full squad is essential for Saturday’s game.