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.
The Glendale Plastics League match between Glenrothes and Greig Park Rangers was cancelled because Glenrothes were unable to field a team. After an appeal by GPR is heard we fully expect to be awarded a 2-0 win and the three points
After last weeks reverse against Strathmiglo, GPR met Kinross at Windygates. Always a difficult game. Snaddon was in goals. McAllister, MacBride, Bremner and Drummond were the back four. In the middle it was Muir, Price, Mc Neill and Graham. Upfront were Moncrieff and Nicolson.
Greig Park had the ball in the net after only two minutes, but the referee ruled that Price’s effort was offside. The next chance again fell to Price but this time his net bound shot was cleared off the line. GPR’s defence coped well with the few attacks that Kinross threw at them. Snaddon showing confidence in his box on his return to the starting line up. Eventually, after near misses from Graham and Muir, Greig Park got their noses in front. A rash challenge by the Kinross fullback on Cammy Nicolson, just inside the box, meant the ref pointed to the spot. Moncrieff stepped up and hammered the ball into the net. 1-0. Kinross’s best chance of the half forced Kyle Graham to clear of the line. With a couple of minutes left in the half GPR doubled their lead. Chris Price played a ball into the path of Moncrieff who scored with an angled shot. Half time 2-0.
The second half start quietly, Greig Park kept possession and their passing was better than in previous weeks. With twenty minutes left on the clock Fraser Moncrieff completed his hat trick with a shot into the top left hand corner of the net, eight minutes later Moncrieff turned provider as he set up a chance for Dylan Muir to make it 4-0. Greig Park were rubbing it in now. Sub Connor Anderson passed to fellow sub Marc Cramb who went on a mazy run and finished it of with goal number five. The afternoon entertainment was completed in the final minute when Moncrieff lobbed the visitors keeper from outside the box. An easy win for Greig Park today.
The Kingdom Caledonian League suffered another setback last week when long standing members Kettle Utd. decided to fold. It was a bit inevitable after the sad passing of long term manager Dod Purves. A sad loss to all.
Next up for GPR is an away game against Glenrothes followed by an away game at Lumphinnans. We round off September with a game at Windygates against Aberdour. Early in the season and the must win games are piling up.