Riverside CSC claimed victory against St Andrews Colts after netting a devastating 13 goals. Jamie Thomson scored an outstanding five goals while Jack Pollock netted four. Ryan Lonie, who had started of the scoring, grabbed himself a double in the game whilst Scott Crosbie and Michael O’ Rourke scored a goal each for themselves. All in all it was an impressive display from the boys in blue.
St Andrews began the game on the back foot, as they were only able to field ten players. For Riverside, their attacking intentions were clear from the get go as Thomson broke through the St Andrews defence in the first minute of the game. He took a low hard shot but was denied by Callum Reid, in goal, who saved well.
Reid was tested shortly after when Ryan Lonie drove into the box and looked to curl his effort into the far corner. The ‘keeper was once again able to parry the ball out and it was eventually cleared.
In the fifth minute of the game, however, Riverside opened the scoring. After some neat interplay on the edge of the box Lonie was eventually played through beyond the defence. His initial shot was saved well by Reid but Riverside’s number 12 quickly dispatched the rebound to make it 1-0.
Riverside came close to adding a second three minutes afterwards when Andrew Balmer met a corner kick with his head. The resulting header looped up and landed onto the crossbar before bouncing out of play.
Afterwards it was Jack Pollock’s turn to go close. Lonie fired in a great cross from the left wing, which found Pollock just a few yards from goal. The number 10, somehow, managed to fire his shot up and over the crossbar.
As the game ticked into the 17th minute Riverside found themselves 2-0 up. Pollock picked up the ball and fired a shot towards the bottom left hand corner. Despite Reid managing to get a hand to it the ball still managed to find its way into the net.
Ten minutes later St Andrews managed to create an opportunity for themselves. Jack Ovenstone made a fine run down the left hand side before laying the ball off to Kai Gately. The number 8 then fired a cross into the box but, unfortunately, it flew just over the head of the oncoming Josh Ingram and went out of play.
In the 31st minute of the match the third goal was scored. Jamie Thomson fired in a great cross from the right hand side where it was met by Pollock. The number 10 slotted the ball home with a neat first time finish.
Three minutes later Riverside scored their fourth. Thomson latched onto a through ball from Lonie and found himself in a one on one situation. He managed to successfully slot the ball past the oncoming goalkeeper to grab the first of his goals.
Shortly after and Thomson had his second and Riverside’s fifth. Once again Ryan Lonie was the supplier from the left wing as he floated in a cross towards Thomson, who was waiting in the box. The number 11 successfully headed the ball into the back of the net from six yards out.
A minute after the fifth goal came the sixth. After a defensive mix up for St Andrews Pollock was able to latch onto the loose ball and calmly place the ball into an open goal. As the half time whistle came Riverside found themselves in a dominant position.