On a bitterly cold and wet Saturday morning, it was third bottom versus bottom of the West of Scotland under 14’s league, with both KSC Academicals and Clark Drive searching for their first points of the season.
Accies took first blood in a game where both teams consistently cancelled each other out. Although their opponents turned the game on its head by taking a 2-1 lead in the second half before KSC equalised with just 10 minutes remaining.
With neither side on good form and without a solitary point, a tight match was always on the cards.
Both sides struggled to keep the ball and create any meaningful chances in the early stages, and despite the four goals this would be the recurring theme of the game.
Clark Drive sparked the game into life though on 13 minutes when their pacey winger Peter Millar broke through the Accies defence on the right side of the box, however he only managed to find the side net with his powerful strike on the angle.
A minute later though, Accies found the breakthrough. Quick thinking from a free kick at the halfway mark seemed to cause a bit of panic in the Clark Drive backline as they failed to deal with the floated ball into the box. John McPherson picked up the loose ball, knocked it past his marker and rounded Aiden Carson to finish, giving his side the lead.
Clark Drive quickly settled after this setback and cancelled out the Accies lead after just four minutes. Aiden Campbell received the ball on the right wing – he drove at the Accies defence before eventually reaching the byeline, but his cross was turned into his own goal by Rudi Johnston as he attempted to head the ball over the crossbar.
As the first half wore on, both teams appeared happy to go into the break level as neither really pushed on for a second.
Andrew Toner and Peter Aitken were impressive in breaking up play and driving with the ball for Clark Drive, as the midfielders tried to carve open more opportunities for their side.