Four goals, a stunning hat trick and a ‘Sturridge and Suarez’ esque strike partnership helped Galston Youth Football Club 2000s on their way to a clinical home win in their league match against Tass Juniors 2000s. Nick Terry had given his side a two goal lead after an early brace, but Robert Murphy pulled one back before Terry completed his hat trick shortly before half time. Straight after half time, Terry’s strike partner Findlay Holden restored his side’s four goal lead and despite a late consolation goal from Jamie Quigley, Galston ran out winners by four goals to two.
I have to admit, I was excited to see my local club – Galston – in action at my hometown of Newmilns. Admittedly, having seen the weather both last night and game day, I feared this match would have been cancelled. Perhaps other matches were indeed cancelled, but Jamieson Park where the match was to be held was in pristine condition; and despite the cold, icy rain this match went ahead.
I am glad it did, as it proved to be a cracker of a match. Tass had the chance to leapfrog Galston in the league if they had won (the teams were separated by one point and a solitary place in the table) but Galston proved too tough to beat at home. The boys in blue and white came out fighting and inside two minutes I felt they should have had a penalty – in fact most people did. Terry played a super through ball onto the onrushing Cameron Craig. He calmly rounded the Tass keeper but was pulled down by a combo of the goalie and defender. Despite the appeals from Galston and the looks of horror from Tass, nothing was given.
However, Galston were not to be too disheartened: sweeper Chris Leggit played in Terry and - in the same position Craig was in only three moments before – he rounded keeper Shaun McKinney before dispatching clinically in between two covering defenders to put the home side 1-0 up.
It was 2-0 only moments later: Terry plucked a Tass goal kick out of the air beautifully, then blasted it into the back of the net via the crossbar. Galston deserved their early lead, as this kind of early pressure would be a hard match for most teams.
It was on the sixteenth minute mark that Tass finally worked Galston goalkeeper Joe Aiwansoba: Murphy played a defence splitting pass and with Scott Burns running onto it, Aiwansoba was out very sharply to smother the ball at the striker’s feet. Burns was then in again just forty seconds afterwards, but this time the covering Grant Semple reached across and cleared the ball away for a corner.
That corner came to nothing but a pacey counter attack from Galston, with powerful forward Findlay Holden driving up the length of the park, he attempted a cut-back for Terry but it was headed away by Tass captain Matthew Reid. It only went as far as Greg Hampshire though, and the right midfielder’s blast was smartly held and smothered by McKinney, with Terry lurking for a follow up.
That was twenty minutes into the first half, and the game was being dominated by the home side. They say that being a coach is stressful, and as Dave Taggart attempted to lift his team and get the boys out of first gear, one must have wondered if he soon would have to be placed on an articulator! Saying that though, he did finally manage to waken Tass up, and they started playing better football at the end of the first half, and scored a beautifully worked goal.
After soaking up an attack, Tass charged forward, interchanging a flurry of passes along the way. Connor Ford – a standout for his side today – broke away and then after some great midfield work Reid found himself in front of goal with team mate Murphy in support. Reid opted for the self less option, and gave Murphy a tap in to make it 2-1.
Tass then began to apply the pressure, as the home side were pinned back. They were not clinical enough though, and some last ditch defending helped to preserve Galston’s lead.
Tass were left to rue not making the most of this possession, as Galston scored their third on the stroke of half time. Holden took a quick throw to Kieran Boylan – the latter fired it across goal to Terry. Starting with his back to goal, Terry turned and managed to lob the ball over the goalkeeper as well as the covering defender, yet keep the ball low enough for it to stay underneath the crossbar. A remarkable finish to complete a remarkable hat trick in a remarkable first half that this young man won’t forget in a hurry!