Fixture: Jim Baxter Memorial v Lanarkshire SC U16
Competition: Cumbernauld & Kilsyth DYL
Date: 4th October 2015
Jim Baxtor Memorial took on Lanarkshire SC in our first league game of the season. This was a chance for the home side to stamp their intentions for the league campaign and to let other teams see that we mean business this season.
The team took their time to get started in the match and after a very slow start and lack lustre first half performance eventually ran out convincing winners in a superb second half.
As the game kicked off we seemed to sit back and invite pressure from Lanarkshire on to us and the opposition took full advantage of this and seemed to go through us like a hot knife through butter. There really isn't much to say about our first half performance but to say we were poor very poor, and were lucky not to be a few goals down. However, I must admit the free kick we scored from was superb and struck home well from Robbie Dalziel.
Despite going behind, Lanarkshire didn't change the way they approached this game and to their credit managed to equalise in spectacular fashion. A free kick fully 25 yards out at least was rattled into the top corner, and to say the goal was outstanding from the lad reall is an understatement. Lewis in goal had absolutely no chance. What a hit!
Just a minute or so before half time we thought we had managed to sneak a goal, but the referee deemed Reece Malone to be offside as he put the ball into the back of the net. So we went in at half time level at 1-1.
Half Time: Jim Baxter Memorial 1-1 Lanarkshire SC
I am a firm believer that when a performance isn't up to par that you need to speak your mind. At this club It is expected that players will give everything and not what they can be bothered giving. At half time these players were told in no uncertain terms that what both Rab and I had watched was totally unacceptable and that the performances like that would see players dropped from the team without question.
We felt that the players that had started the game deserved at least another 10 minutes to prove to us that they deserved their place. After the stern words, It didn't take long for the message to sink home and within minutes we had Lanarkshire on the back foot we took the lead with Dylan McSharry whipping in a superb cross for Reece to head home at the far post. 2-1 to JBM.
We extended the lead again from the right hand side when Dylan McSharry scored an outstanding goal, a similar position to where he crossed for Reece just minutes earlier, but this time he went for goal and the net is still rippling.
We made a few changes to freshen up the performance even more and Paul replaced Robbie up front and Ryan replaced Matthew at right back. This had an immediate affect and our performance just got better and better and better. Dylan McSharry and Ryan Cunningham totally dominated the right hand side of the park and time and time again our delivery from these 2 boys especially Dylan was superb.
Despite rapidly going further and further behind in the game, Lanarkshire kept going and played their football which I give them great credit for.
We added to the scoreline with 2 further goals from Reece, to complete his hat-trick. Ryan Cunningham managed to bag himself a hattrick with 3 well taken goals. Then Andrew Mitchell and Dillon Murphy got their first goals for the club, rounding the score off at 10-1 to JBM.
As much as we had outstanding individual performances today and a joint man of the match for Dylan and Reece this was a squad victory. We used our subs intelligently today and not just for the sake of change. The subs were made to enhance the performance and every time we made changes we replaced players with players of equal ability.
Every player knows that the performance in the first half was one of our poorest showings so far but every players reaction and they way everyone of you took on board at half time showed in our performance in the second.
Full Time: Jim Baxter Memorial 10-1 Lanarkshire SC