Dundee West took on Douglas Lads in a frantic first ever competitive 11-a-side match at Charlotte Street on 25 August, producing a remarkable comeback to salvage a 5-5 draw from the game after finding themselves 5-2 down at the interval.
Although The West had a couple of chances the start of the game, slack marking at the back gave their opponents opportunities to score. Douglas started as the better and also more clinical side and after eight minutes already found themselves two goals ahead.
However, Dundee began to settle into the game and Declan Hume scored his first of the game in the 13th minute to make it 2-1 after a good through ball left him one-on-one with the Douglas keeper.
Only a minute later, a misplaced pass then allowed Douglas to restore their two goal lead.
Dundee, however, grit their teeth and pulled one back through a fine Ryley Duncan strike from the edge of the box that found the top corner in the 23rd minute.
A penalty and an own goal extended Douglas’ lead to three at half time, adding to Dundee’s misery and giving them a mountain to climb in the second half.
Half Time: Dundee West 2-5 Douglas Lads
Dundee West came out fighting for the second half, scoring three minutes after the interval when Declan Hume scored his second of the game, once again finishing well after finding himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
Galvanised by this, Dundee pushed on, but the Douglas defence held out until midway through the half until Declan Hume once again stepped up to the task by completing his hat trick by prodding the ball past the Douglas keeper once again.
With time almost running out, Dundee gave away a needless foul on the edge of our box. From the free kick, the ball was crossed into the box and met by a powerful header that was going in just under the crossbar. Yet Dundee West goalkeeper David Boylan somehow prevented a certain goal as he pulled off a magnificent save to push the ball off the bar, allowing the defence to clear the rebound.
It turned out to be a vital stop, as shortly after Declan Hume completed the comeback by grabbing the equaliser in the last minute of the game, dispatching a fine finish from yet another one-on-one with the keeper.
In the last few seconds of the game, Hume was then denied an opportunity to win the match by an offside call.
With two tough games coming up, Dundee West now know they cannot give teams a head start. While they showed great character to turn the game around, they will be well aware that their first-half performance and individual mistakes cost them the three points on the night. They will realise that they should try to come out of the blocks strongly and keep their concentration for the full 70 minutes. Nevertheless, feats of such will and togetherness are what make our beautiful game so special.
The turning point of this match was David Boylan’s save to prevent a certain goal. He produced a truly magic moment to keep the team’s momentum going, allowing them to get a vital equaliser.
The man of the match award goes to Declan Hume for his four-goal tally. Declan worked hard, finished beautifully and on another day might have added to his total.
Full Time: Dundee West 5-5 Douglas Lads