Greig Park lined against Falkland, the newest recruits to the Kingdom league. Up to now they have failed to register a win but, as they say “onwards and upwards. The main talking point about the GPR line up was the introduction of a new striking partnership, Craig Smart and Jack Saunders. Welcome aboard lads.
Predictably it was the Windygates squad that took a grip of the game from the outset, but fair play to the visitors they got men behind the ball and frustrated the home team for the first fifteen mins.
Within the next 15 mins Greig Park led 3-0. With the clock on 16 mins Suki took a corner from the right and floated his cross right into the net. Eight mins later a debut goal for Saunders. Drummond crossed from the left and the newcomer flicked the ball home. Konner Lindsay made it three soon after to take his tally for the season to eight. By half time the GPR goal haul was five. On 42 mins McBrides’ header was stopped on the line but he was on hand to net the rebound and right on half time Smart opened his GPR account when he got on the end of a Drummond pass. HT 5-0
The second half continued on the same lines as the first, a packed Falkland defence with Greig Park trying to pick their way through. Four mins in and Field made it six. Greig Park took their foot of the gas somewhat for the rest of the game, although never releasing their grip. Goal no. seven came from a penalty. Sean Lawson was bundled over, referee gave a spot kick and Adam Drummond duly scored. The same player made it 8 nil after 73 mins when he got on the end of a cross to head home. The rout was complete in the last minute when Dinky Muir took advantage of a slip in the away defence to seal the the result with goal number nine.
An easy victory for the home team. No game for GPR this coming Saturday the 12th Nov. due to Scottish Cup replays. The next game, scheduled for the 19th, is against Rosebank Rangers in the Fife Cup.
The last time these two teams met was a month ago in a Scottish Cup tie at Leven, on that occasion the home side came out on top. For this return league game, a few changes saw Field return to the GPR midfield after injury. Fraser sat out due to suspension. Price and Cramb both unavailable due to injury.
The visitors were first to show in the early stages but a good save from Snaddon kept them at bay. Greig Park sprung to life and Muir, in particular, with his driving runs was causing the Leven back line problems. Greig Park took the lead after 17 mins, a great cross from the left by Gray was headed back across goal by Drummond and Lindsay found the net to make the score 1-0 GPR. Leven were level two minutes later when a cross from the right was steered home by a Leven midfielder. The first half from then on was a ding dong affair with both teams playing passing football. The referee began issuing yellow cards as the tackles got tougher. Greig Park had the upper hand as half time approached and it was slightly against the run of play when the visitors took the lead in the 42nd minute. A harshly awarded free kick twenty yards out was fired into the top corner by the Leven full back Methven. HT Greig Park 2 Leven 1
Leven were reduced to ten men with the second half only five minutes old. A high late tackle on Muir by his one time team mate Clunie resulted in the referee showing a straight red card. With the man advantage it was Greig Park that pushed forward looking for an equaliser with Field and Drummond prominent. Leven, on the other hand relied on quick counter attacks but Snaddon dealt with at least three one on one situations to keep his team in the game. Time ran out for Greig Park as Leven defended their advantage and kept their noses in front. Full time GPR lost Leven won.
This coming Saturday sees Greig Park entertain Falkland in a league game at Windygates while most of the other teams in the Kingdom league are on Scottish Cup duty. Sadly GPR lost their right to be at that party.
After last week’s postponement due to a waterlogged pitch, there were no such problems this week as Greig Park made their way up to Cupar to face AM Soccer. Last season it was this young side that put GPR out of the Fife Cup, so putting the record straight was uppermost in the mind of the management team.
Snaddon took his regular place in goal, a back four of McBride, Campbell,Bremner and Gray. In midfield it was Muir, Fraser, Lindsay and Drummond with Adam and Nicolson upfront.
It was Greig Park that started the brighter as they settled quickly and took the game to their young opponents. It was after fifteen minutes of play that AM put their first attack together and they hit the bar with a snapshot from distance.
With 23 mins on the clock Greig Park opened the scoring. Lindsay played a pass to Calum Muir, he set off on a mazy run and squared a pass to Drummond who shot home for his first GPR goal. Greig Park kept up the pressure as the half wore on. In particular, their set plays and long throw inns kept the home keeper busy. Against the run of play, after 35 mins, AM grabbed an equaliser. A long ball out of defence was chased down by the home striker who managed to outsprint a couple of GPR defenders and shot home to level the scores.
Greig Park started the second half as they finished the first, on top. Five minutes in and the visitors regained the lead. A neat through ball from midfield and a pass into Muir allowed the GPR man to bear down on goal and score from a tight angle. GPR 2 AM 1.
With their young opponents starting to tire Greig Park scored the game clinching goal after 68 minutes. Nicolson fed Drummond who raced clear with two defenders trailing in his wake and scored from the edge of the box for his second and the visitors third. GPR saw out the remainder of the game without any problem to book their place in the next round and can look forward to a home tie against Rosebank Rangers.
In the meantime there is the small matter of a game on Saturday against Leven United at Windygates with a 14.00 kick off at 14.00.