Season 16/17

 

Season 2016-17

44 players used over the course of the season.

Gerry Evans Player of the year for the 2nd time

Colin Kelly top goalscorer for 3rd season in a row

 

Milanda's score always comes first

Date

Opponent

Comp

Home\Away

Score

Scorers

Aug 6th

Glenavon

Friendly

H

7 - 1

L. MacDonald (4), R. O'Donnell. Johnstone. Robertson

Aug 13th

Bridgend Ams

League

H

1 - 3

Kelly

Aug 16th

Bellahouston

WM Drummond

H

3 - 3

P. Murray, Di Folco, Johnstone

Aug 20th

Strathclyde Uni

League

A

3 - 1

P. Murray, Di Folco, Johnstone

Aug 23rd

Hamilton Wanderers

WM Drummond

H

2 - 5

Johnstone, P. Murray

Aug 27th

Silverburn Utd

League

H

1 - 6

Kelly

Aug 30th

Ashfield

WM Drummond

A

1 - 3

Gray

Sept 3rd

Abronhill Trans

League

H

0 - 7

-

Sept 10th

Blantyre

League

A

0 - 3

-

Sept 17th

Parklife

League

H

4 - 1

Kelly (3), L. MacDonald

Oct 1st

Braehead

League

H

1 - 5

P. Murray

Oct 8th

Abronhill Trans

League

A

2 - 3

Kelly, L. MacDonald

Oct 15th

FC Drumchapel

League

A

3 - 7

C. Murray, McKenzie, Johnstone

Oct 22nd

Strathclyde Uni

GDSML Cup

A

6 - 4

Kelly, L. MacDonald, Own goal, C. Murray, Harley

Oct 29th

Silverburn Utd

League

A

0 - 5

-

Nov 5th

Hamilton Wanderers

League

A

2 - 1

P. Murray, Kelly

Dec 3rd

Renfrew Town

GDSML Cup

A

0 - 5

-

Dec 10th

Parklife

League

A

4 - 1

Kelly, Di Folco, L. MacDonald, Johnstone

Jan 7th

Kings Park Rovers

League

A

3 - 0

L. MacDonald (2), K. MacDonald

Jan 21st

Kilpatrick thistle

League

A

1 - 4

Kelly

Feb 4th

Strathclyde Uni

League

H

2 -1

Kelly (2)

Feb 11th

Kilpatrick Thistle

League

H

1 - 3

Rose

Mar 11th

Kings Park Rovers

League

H

0 - 1

-

Mar 18th

Braehead

League

A

1 - 5

Rose

Mar 25th

Drumchapel

League

H

2 - 3

Kelly, Gregg

Apr 1st

Blantyre

League

H

1 - 7

Gregg

Apr 8th

Glenavon

League

H

4 - 2

Gregg (3), Rose

May 6th

Hamilton Wanderers

League

H

2 - 7

C. Murray, Gregg

May 13th

Bridgend Ams

League

A

2 - 4

Gregg, Kelly

Appearances

 

League

League Cup

GDSML Cup

Total

C. Kelly

23

2

1

26

C. Murray

20

2

2

24

G. Di Folco

19 (1)

2

1

23

Andy Thomson

18

2 (1)

1

22

G. Evans

16

3

2

21

G. Harley

11 (1)

1 (2)

2

17

P. Murray

15

2

-

17

B. McKenzie

11 (3)

3

-

17

T. Addison

10 (5)

1 (1)

-

17

M. Johnstone

10 (1)

3

2

16

M. Hutton

8 (4)

1 (1)

2

16

P. Rose

11 (4)

-

1

16

R. Mitchell

13

1

1

15

J. Kelly

9 (2)

-

1

12

B. Graham

2 (7)

1

1

11

L. MacDonald

8

-

1

9

L. Gray

4 (2)

3

-

9

R. O'Donnell

5

2

1

8

A. Daly

(3)

1 (2)

-

6

S. McDonald

5

-

-

5

D. McKenzie

1 (4)

-

-

5

A. Gregg

5

-

-

5

R. Haggerty

2 (1)

-

(1)

4

M. Coyle

2

1

-

3

S. Preston

(1)

1

1

3

G. Robertson

1 (2)

-

-

3

Allan Thomson

3

-

-

3

R. Addison

2

-

1

3

P. Ross

1

(1)

-

2

S. McDougall

1

-

(1)

2

M. Russell

2

-

-

2

K. MacDonald

1

-

1

2

A. Baillie

2

-

-

2

B. Stenson

1 (1)

-

-

2

K. O'Donnell

-

1

-

1

A. Kinsella

1

-

-

1

K. Blushi

(1)

-

-

1

D. McKerral

1

-

-

1

J. Mortimer

1

-

-

1

G. Stranger

1

-

-

1

Newman

1

-

-

1

A. Pillans

1

-

-

1

S. Somerville

1

-

-

1

Trialist

1

-

-

1

 

Goals

Player

League

Wm Drummond

GDMLS Cup

Total

Kelly

13

-

1

14

Gregg

7

-

-

7

L. MacDonald

5

-

1

6

Johnstone

3

2

-

5

P. Murray

3

2

-

5

Di Folco

2

1

-

3

C. Murray

2

-

1

3

Rose

3

-

-

3

Gray

-

1

-

1

McKenzie

1

-

-

1

Harley

-

-

1

1

K. MacDonald

1

-

-

1

Own Goal

-

-

1

1

Match Reports

 

Stepford. Friendly.

 

AC MILANDA 7 GLENAVON 1 Scorers L. MacDonald (4), R. O'Donnell. Johnstone. Robertson

 

MILANDA prepared for the new season with a comprehensive victory in this friendly on the plastic pitch at Stepford. Glenavon weren’t at their strongest and had just 11 players but that is to take nothing away from the home team, with a full quota of rolling subs to call on, who dominated throughout.

 

Trialist Lewis MacDonald helped himself to four goals and the others were provided by Ryan O’Donnell, Martin Johnstone and Graeme Robertson (penalty).

The only sour note was Colin Kelly managing to get himself sent off after a bit of argy bargy with a Glenavon player, having previously annoyed the referee with his continual questioning of decisions. Fortunately, he won’t have to suffer a suspension because it wasn’t an official fixture.

 

Assistant manager Scott Grant’s midweek training session at Bishopbriggs seemed to have put the players in good spirits and he’ll repeat the exercise again this Tuesday coming, August 9, before we go into a sequence of three midweek League Cup sectional games (August 16, 23 and 30).

 

Man of the Match: Lewis MacDonald. Hard worker, good finisher, class act.

 

TEAM: Mitchell, C Murray, Ross, Gray, Harley, Hutton, Johnstone, Di Folco, Kelly, MacDonald, Rose. Subs: Evans, O’Donnell, Thomson, McKenzie, Robertson.

 

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Stepford. League

 

AC MILANDA 1 BRIDGEND AMS 3 Scorer Kelly

 

MILANDA got their league campaign off to a disappointing start with a home defeat against new team Bridgend. It was a fairly even game in terms of possession but Bridgend created the better chances and Ross Mitchell was certainly the busier keeper.Milanda were slightly the better side in the first half and just about deserved their interval lead but a slack start to the second period saw them lose two quick goals and then an avoidable third late on.

 

A promising start saw a few shots just off target before Colin Kelly set up strike partner Lewis MacDonald. The Milanda new boy knocked the ball past the advancing keeper but was forced wide and couldn’t capitalise on the opportunity. At the other end, a fine save by Mitchell prevented the impressive Bridgend, who featured a number of former Gartcosh United players, taking the lead.

 

Both teams hit the woodwork before Milanda went ahead towards half-time. A superb through ball by Greig Harley found Kelly and his chip was touched by the keeper but rolled towards goal and eventually trundled over the line.Bridgend claimed the ball hadn’t gone over but referee Joe McCaig, who had a good match, was sure it had.

 

The visitors seemed busier at the start of the second period whereas Milanda players were being caught in possession or making poor decisions in their use of the ball. Before they had settled into the half, they found themselves 2-1 behind after losing a couple of goals that could have been avoided. Despite having their fair share of the ball, Milanda didn’t create many clear-cut chances and lost another goal following a mistake by Lee Gray.

 

Hopefully Milanda will do better back at Stepford on Tuesday night when they face Premier Division Bellahouston in a League Cup sectional game.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: Keeper Ross Mitchell didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.

 

TEAM: Mitchell, C Murray, Ross, Gray, Harley, Di Folco, Johnstone, O’Donnell, P Murray, L MacDonald, Kelly. Subs not used: Evans, Thomson, McKenzie, Addison.

 

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League Cup sectional game. Stepford

 

AC MILANDA 3 BELLAHOUSTON 3 Scorers P. Murray, Di Folco, Johnstone

 

MILANDA fought back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to open their League Cup campaign with a creditable draw against Premier opposition. After a fairly lack-lustre first half, it was as if someone had flicked a switch and the team suddenly realised they could compete with a team from a higher division. There were one or two scary moments in the closing stages and some superb goalkeeping by Ross Mitchell but Milanda held on and got their reward for an excellent second half performance.

 

Injuries, illness and work commitments brought some call-offs but Milanda still had 15 registered players available for what promised to be a difficult opening to a League Cup group that also features Ashfield and Hamilton Wanderers. Bellahouston dominated the first 40 minutes, with Milanda unable to get any decent service to their front two of Ben Graham and Martin Coyle.

 

The visitors went 1-0 up from a penalty following a rash tackle by Ryan O'Donnell. They then doubled their advantage with another goal that could have been avoided.Towards the end of the half, O'Donnell had a shot saved after good play by Coyle and Paul Murray fired one into the side netting after being set up by Martin Johnstone.

 

A brilliant save by Mitchell following a rare mistake by Gerry Evans prevented Bellahouston going three ahead at the start of the second half. It was then that the transformation took place. Milanda got back in the game with a Murray penalty following a foul on Johnstone. O'Donnell had a free-kick saved as Milanda kept up the pressure and then the Bellahouston keeper denied Johnstone when a goal looked certain.

 

The equaliser came in the 70th minute when Murray cut the ball back for Gary Di Folco whose shot squeezed past the keeper. Five minutes later, though, Bellahouston carved open the home defence to go 3-2 ahead. Back came Milanda and the teams were tied again with 10 minutes to play. Johnstone got his head to a Murray free-kick and when the keeper could only block his effort, he followed up to net from close range.

 

Milanda, who changed their front pairing three times in the match, had one or two opportunities to grab a winner but didn't always make best use of the ball on the break.

 

Bellahouston had chances too but Mitchell defied them and Andy Thomson helped him out on one occasion with a goal-line clearance.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: Two in a row for Ross Mitchell. The keeper was outstanding but there were also some good performances from the guys in front of him, notably Ben McKenzie whose use of the ball from the left-back position was first class. Skipper Paul Murray also had a good second half, with a goal and two assists, while Lee Gray, Andy Thomson and Gerry Evans played solidly at the back, with Martin Johnstone doing likewise, first in midfield and then up front.

 

TEAM: Mitchell, Evans, Gray, Thomson, McKenzie, O'Donnell (Hutton), Johnstone, Di Folco (Daly), P Murray, Graham (Harley), Coyle (Ross).

 

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Stepps. League game

 

STRATHCLYDE UNI 1 AC MILANDA 3 Scorers P. Murray, Di Folco, Johnstone

 

MILANDA took their first league points of the season with a magnificent win at one of the most difficult away venues in the GDSML.

 

The young and talented students always provide a stern test on their huge show pitch at Stepps but the men in red and black outplayed them.

 

Every player gave 100 per cent and it was one of those rare days when more than half the team could have been named man of the match.

 

The goals too were high quality and there might have been more if Milanda had cashed in on some superb build-up play.

 

Strathclyde came close to open the scoring after 14 minutes but good backtracking by Martin Johnstone cleared the danger.

 

Milanda, playing with just Lewis MacDonald up front and five in midfield, hit back and Colin Kelly set up Paul Murray for a shot that hit the side netting. Ryan O’Donnell had a free-kick saved before Milanda went ahead on the half-hour mark. MacDonald’s corner to the back post was met by Paul Murray who swept it home superbly with his right foot.

 

MacDonald was also the supplier for No.2 and again it was a delivery from the left to the back post where birthday boy Gary Di Folco celebrated in style by firing the ball past the Uni keeper.

 

Strathclyde had more of the ball in the second half and looked set to halve the deficit when Andy Thomson was caught in possession but keeper Ross Mitchell saved the defender’s blushes with a tremendous save.

 

A lung-bursting run by Johnstone down the left ended with him setting up MacDonald for a shot that just missed the target.

 

The roles were then reversed for goal No.3. MacDonald scampered down the right, leaving Strathclyde defenders in his wake, and then cut the ball back for Johnstone to shoot home.

 

Even when Strathclyde got a goal back in the 65th minute, it was Milanda who provided it. A cross into the box saw right-back Creagh Murray and centre-back Lee Gray both attempt to clear and the ball ended up in the net via the No.2’s head.

 

Those two then combined at the other end of the pitch and so nearly produced a fourth goal. Murray sent Gray down the right and his cross was headed over by Kelly.

 

Milanda had one or two anxious moments towards the end but never looked in danger of surrendering a point.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: Absolutely no failures in this match but three players shone just a little brighter than the rest. Lewis MacDonald had three goal assists and generally tormented Strathclyde with his pace and trickery, while Martin Johnstone put in a fantastic shift all over the park. But the MoM award goes to Gary Di Folco who showed incredible stamina as he broke up attacks and made himself a real thorn in Strathclyde’s side. The man’s a machine.

 

TEAM: Mitchell, C Murray, Gray, Thomson, Harley, O’Donnell (Hutton), Di Folco, Johnstone, Kelly, P Murray, L MacDonald. Subs not used: Coyle, McKenzie, Daly, Graham.

 

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League Cup sectional game. Stepford

 

AC MILANDA 2 HAMILTON WANDERERS 5 Scorers Johnstone, P. Murray

 

MILANDA paid for a poor first-half performance as they surrendered the points that will make it very difficult to qualify from their group in one of the top two positions. They were 3-0 down to Hamilton at the break and came back strongly to draw the second period 2-2 but playing only 45 minutes of a game isn't likely to get you anything against the better teams. Hamilton dominated the opening period but for all their possession they didn't have to work hard for their goals, at least two of which could have been avoided.

 

They might have had more but Colin Kelly came up with a goal-line clearance and Kyle O'Donnell had some good saves. There were just two attacks of note at the other end. Kelly had a strong shot tipped over the bar by the Wanderers keeper after good link-up play between Andy Daly and Martin Johnstone and the only other decent attempt was Creagh Murray firing the ball just too high.

 

Milanda made a much better start to the second period and were unlucky twice.Paul Murray fired the ball against the bar from a Kelly cutback and then Creagh Murray saw his header saved from a Ryan O'Donnell free-kick.

 

But Hamilton weathered the brief storm and added two more goals before Milanda came storming back. Kelly set up Johnstone in the box and a bit of magic footwork saw him create the space to fire a superb goal. Substitute Thomas Addison might have reduced the deficit further but his flying header from a Lee Gray cross just missed the target.

 

Milanda's second was also created down the right by Kelly and Paul Murray finished well from his cutback.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: Colin Kelly. Worked hard throughout and brilliantly set up both goals.

 

TEAM: K O'Donnell, C Murray, Evans, Gray, McKenzie, Daly (Addison), R O'Donnell (Harley), Di Folco (Thomson), Kelly, P Murray, Johnstone.

 

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Stepford. League game

 

AC MILANDA 1 SILVERBURN UNITED 6 Scorer Kelly

 

MILANDA were second best against an impressive Silverburn side and suffered another heavy defeat. Just as in the midweek loss to Hamilton Wanderers, Milanda struggled to cope with the pace and variety of the opposition attacks and that made for a busy day for trialist keeper Scott McDonald.He played well and couldn’t be faulted. Bizarrely, considering the only player known to him was left-back Ben McKenzie, he was also the most vocal member of a team that was far too quiet. Even by Milanda’s standards.

 

Milanda actually played quite well in an attacking sense in the first period and with a bit more luck in front of goal might have reached the break with a smaller deficit to make up than 4-1. The team was once again without new striker Lewis MacDonald but Martin Coyle was fit enough to add his experience and presence to the five-man midfield. Martin Johnstone, who moved forward again to take the role of lone striker, had a shot saved early on after good link-up play between Greig Harley and Colin Kelly.

 

Silverburn then took the lead with a couple of well-taken goals before Johnstone was unlucky with another effort following a superb through pass from Paul Murray. Harley set up Mark Hutton in front of goal but he couldn't direct the ball on target.

 

Silverburn scored again to make it 3-0 but Milanda got themselves back in the game with an excellent overhead kick by Kelly from a Harley cross. Then Johnstone had another opportunity at the back post but just couldn't squeeze the ball home.

 

Silverburn punished Milanda again with a fourth goal just before the interval.

 

Despite some heated exchanges during the break, the second half was a bit of a non-event for Milanda. They didn't create much and lost two more goals. All in all, a day to forget. And although people naturally look at the defence when a lot of goals are conceded, it must be said the men at the back need help from their midfielders and didn't always get it.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: Martin Johnstone worked tirelessly up front, feeding off scraps, and was unfortunate not to be rewarded with a goal.

 

TEAM: S McDonald, C Murray, Gray, Evans (Preston), McKenzie, Hutton (Daly), Coyle (Di Folco), Kelly, P Murray, Harley (Addison), Johnstone.

 

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Greenfield. League Cup sectional game

 

ASHFIELD 3 AC MILANDA 1 Scorer Gray

 

MILANDA brought down the curtain on their League Cup campaign with a decent performance against Premier Division opposition. Considering they were without some key players and had no recognised keeper, the team gave a good account of itself. Ashfield certainly knew they had been in a game and had to work hard to get the points. Thomas Addison volunteered to play in goal and made some good saves, including one from a penalty.

 

Milanda made the better start and Andy Thomson was off target with a header from Lee Gray's free-kick.Creagh Murray had a shot saved then the keeper dived at the feet of Colin Kelly to snuff out danger after Gray had put the striker in on goal.

 

After 18 minutes, however, it was Ashfield who took the lead from a fast attack down the left. To make matters worse, Gerry Evans was injured in the build-up to the goal and could be sidelined for a few weeks. Sole substitute Andy Daly went on to join Murray, Gray and Ben McKenzie in midfield, with Scott Preston moving back to central defence.

 

Daly was immediately involved in the action and had a header saved at the back post from a Martin Johnstone cross.Ashfield hit a post before Milanda squandered a great opportunity following a poor kicked clearance by the home keeper. Somehow no one managed to get a shot at goal before the ball was scrambled clear.

 

Milanda deservedly equalised nine minutes into the second half. Kelly cleverly put a low free-kick into the box that was fired home by Gray. There looked a real chance at this point that Milanda could get a good result from this one but Ashfield quickly replied with two goals inside five minutes to take a 3-1 lead. Milanda didn't give up, though, and kept creating openings. A series of long throws by right-back Mark Hutton into the danger created some half-chances that weren't taken.

 

Addison kept his team in the hunt by saving a spot-kick after Hutton had been harshly penalised for a hand ball. Milanda came close to getting the second goal that would have set up an exciting finish when Thomson bombed forward and crossed to the back where what looked like being a tap-in for Kelly was blocked.

 

So Ashfield held on to their two-goal advantage but Milanda certainly gave them a run for their money.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: Regular centre-back Lee Gray put in an excellent shift in central midfield and got his name on the scoresheet.

 

TEAM: Addison, Hutton, Evans (Daly), Thomson, Harley, C Murray, Gray, Preston, McKenzie, Kelly, Johnstone.

 

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League game. Stepford

 

AC MILANDA 0 ABRONHILL INTRANS 7

 

MILANDA were comprehensively beaten by an impressive Abronhill side. Undoubtedly Milanda have played better and fielded stronger teams but on this showing the visitors would probably have been too good for them 99 times out of a hundred. The men in red and yellow seemed to be chasing shadows for much of the 90 minutes as Abronhill moved the ball from side to side with ease. Most of their players were excellent and they had a couple who looked as if they should be performing at a much higher level.

 

Milanda found themselves a goal down after five minutes but were unlucky not to equalise when Gary Di Folco had a header blocked from a Greig Harley corner. With trialist Anton Kinsella in midfield, the home side seemed to be competing reasonably well until the half-hour mark when Abronhill scored again. Ross Mitchell made a good save with his feet shortly afterwards to prevent the loss of a third goal.

 

Lone striker Martin Johnstone hit a shot just off target after good play by Di Folco and Creagh Murray as Milanda tried to hit back. But Abronhill did make it 3-0 before the break, although there appeared to be a hint of offside about it.

 

It was vital that Milanda should get the first goal of the second period to put themselves in with a chance but Abronill banged in another one early on and added three more before the end as Milanda tired.

 

At least they made the keeper work a couple of times this half. Andy Thomson had a header tipped over following a throw-in and Andy Daly saw a shot saved late on.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: Martin Johnstone never stopped trying but had little support up front due to his team mates being swamped in midfield and at the back.

 

TEAM: Mitchell, Hutton (Addison), Gray, Thomson, Harley, C Murray, Kinsella (Daly), Kelly, Di Folco, P Murray, Johnstone. Subs not used: Graham, McKenzie.

 

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Priory Park, Blantyre. League game.

 

BLANTYRE 3 AC MILANDA 0

 

WHEN Frank Zappa wrote The Torture Never Stops, little did he realise it would become the AC Milanda theme tune.

 

Blantyre were a decent side with a couple of above-average players but not so good that they should be strolling to victory and a clean sheet.

 

However, Milanda made it easy for them by continually gifting possession, failing to match runs and marking poorly.

 

If you can’t find a team-mate with a simple pass of a few yards - or even less – you aren’t going to get far.

 

Picture Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles playing pass the parcel and you get some idea of how bad it was, especially in the first half.

 

Blantyre scored twice in that period, the first thanks to slack marking at a corner, while Milanda created little.

 

Graeme Robertson, playing up front in an experimental partnership with Pedro Rose, had a goal chalked off for offside and another effort blocked following a Greig Harley free-kick but that was about it in terms of chances.

 

Milanda improved in the second half as they set about getting the goal that would put them back in the game.

 

Colin Kelly, playing on the left of the midfield, fired a shot over following a corner and Robertson had another effort go wide.

 

Then Blantyre scored a clinical third goal in a breakaway following a Milanda free-kick and the writing was on the wall.

 

Trialist Dean McKenzie went on to play right midfield after this and showed a couple of nice touches. Andy Daly and Ben McKenzie also joined the fray as Milanda kept tyrying to unlock the home defence.

 

Martin Johnstone headed a Kelly corner just off target and was unlucky with another effort, while Robertson put the best opportunity of the morning over the bar after being set up by Dean McKenzie.

 

But the game petered out without any further scoring and Milanda could only accept that they got what they deserved.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: Graeme Robertson was usually involved the few times Milanda got in the box and looked a threat when he ran at the Blantyre defence, so he takes the accolade from this one.

 

TEAM: Mitchell, C Murray, Addison, Thomson, Harley (B McKenzie), Hutton (D McKenzie), Di Folco, Robertson, Kelly, Johnstone, Rose (Daly).

 

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Stepford. GDSML fixture

 

AC MILANDA 4 PARKLIFE 1 Scorers Kelly (3), L. MacDonald

 

MILANDA stopped the rot with a much improved performance that secured their second league victory of the season. The return of Lewis MacDonald sparked life into the team as he laid on three goals and scored the other one. Colin Kelly was the main beneficiary of the wee man’s brilliance and he bounced back to form with a well-taken hat-trick. But everyone seemed to get a lift and it was a much better overall showing by the team. Just to add a bit of glamour to the occasion, Milanda also fielded their first ever Albanian trialist late in the match.

 

Considering Milanda were without some key players, including keeper Ross Mitchell, Martin Johnstone and skipper Paul Murray, it was a better day than might have been expected when the action kicked off. For the second time this season, Thomas Addison volunteered to wear the gloves and he was to prove a star performer with some excellent stops. Milanda started well and Ryan O’Donnell had a free-kick saved in the first minute.

 

But then it took a marvellous tip over the bar by Addison to keep the scoreline blank. Mark Hutton had a shot blocked then O’Donnell finished a good run with a drive that lacked the power to trouble the Parklife keeper. Milanda opened the scoring in the 25th minute with a well-worked goal. MacDonald slipped the ball through to Kelly and, with Parklife appealing in vain for offside, he fired the ball low past the keeper.

 

Milanda let some other half-chances slip away and paid the penalty when Parklife equalised.

 

However, back came the home side to make it 2-1. Greig Harley sent MacDonald down the left with the perfect ball and he cut in to fire home via the boot of a defender at the near post.Another fine save by Addison made sure Milanda kept their lead intact but the stand-in keeper then made a mess of clearing the ball from outside his box and it took a goal-line clearance by Andy Thomson to save his blushes.

 

MacDonald shot wide at the start of the second period after being played in by O’Donnell then Pedro Rose had a header cleared off the line. A period of Parklife pressure followed and it took some stout defending by Creagh Murray and Co plus midfield machine Gary Di Folco to keep them at bay. The next goal was clearly crucial and Milanda got it. A powerful clearance by Addison was picked up by MacDonald and he burst through to set up Kelly for a cool finish.

 

It was the same combination for goal No.4 as the unselfish MacDonald played in Codger for his treble. Parklife kept battling but some more good goalkeeping by Addison and, on one occasion, the woodwork kept them out.

 

Milanda managed to get all their subs on before the end – Ben Graham plus trialists Dean McKenzie and Albanian Klodian Blushi (a work-mate of Adda’s) – and they helped make sure the points remained in the bag. Although Milanda made some mistakes and the passing could have been slicker at times, this was much better than the previous performance against Blantyre and all the players deserve credit.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: Lewis MacDonald was the player Parklife couldn’t handle. His quick feet and pace troubled them all game and his contribution of one goal and three assists was magnificent.

 

TEAM: Addison, Hutton (Blushi), C Murray, Thomson, Harley, Rose (Graham), Di Folco, Kelly, O’Donnell (D McKenzie), B McKenzie, MacDonald.

 

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Greenfield. GDSML fixture.

 

AC MILANDA 1 BRAEHEAD 5 Scorer P. Murray

 

MILANDA struggled to even put a team on the park against Braehead and paid the penalty.

 

With no goalkeeper, just 11 bodies and players having to play out of position, it perhaps wasn’t surprising the away side left with full points.

 

The scoreline flatters them – 3-1 would have been about right – but two late goals changed the overall picture.

 

Greig Harley took the gloves for this game, having played the position previously, but looked a little rusty as Braehead banged in three goals in the first 25 minutes.

 

Milanda were competing well on a huge Greenfield pitch and having a lot of possession around the Braehead box without creating clear-cut chances.

 

However, they pulled a goal back when trialist Stuart McDougall’s free-kick reached the back post where Paul Murray blasted the ball into the net.

 

Milanda were unlucky not to cut the deficit further from a Paul Murray corner. Martin Johnstone got a good contact with his head but the Braehead keeper pulled of a super save.

 

It was vital Milanda got the first goal of the second period but it took a good save by Harley to prevent the visitors extending their lead.

 

Andy Thomson also made a goal-line clearance to keep them at bay.

 

Colin Kelly and Peter Rose were out of luck with shots at the other end as the score remained the same for a long period.

 

Ryan O’Donnell, who did well in the unfamiliar right-back role, also had a shot saved before the finish but Braehead completed the scoring with two efforts that could have been defended better.

 

It was a long 90 minutes on such a big pitch for just 11 players but hopefully Milanda will have a stronger squad next time out.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: Trialist Stuart McDougall impressed in central midfield.

 

TEAM: Harley, O’Donnell, C Murray, Thomson, McKenzie, Rose, McDougall, Kelly, P Murray, Graham, Johnstone.

 

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Greenfield. GDSML fixture.

 

ABRONHILL INTRANS 3 AC MILANDA 2 Scorers Kelly, L. MacDonald

 

MILANDA put in a better than expected performance against the league leaders and with a bit of luck might have taken a point.

 

Defeats are never to be celebrated but the players can be proud of the 90 minutes they put in against a very accomplished team.

 

To put the story of the game into context, this was the fourth time Milanda have played against Abronhill. In the previous three meetings, Abronhill had won by an aggregate of 24 goals to two.

 

Factor in that Milanda were again without a recognised keeper on Saturday and fielded three trialists in the starting line-up and you get some idea why there wasn’t the usual doom and gloom in the dressing room at full-time.

 

Andy Thomson was the volunteer who took the gloves this time and he also brought along his brother, Allan, to play in central defence. The back four had another new face in Ricky Haggerty at right-back.

 

Trialist No.3, James Kelly, played right midfield and he was joined in the engine room by Milanda legend Mark Russell who has promised to help the team out when he can after an absence of a few years.

 

So a much-changed line-up and a disastrous start as Abronhill scored with a deflected shot inside the first three minutes.

 

At that point, it threatened to be along and bleak morning but the Milanda players came back strongly and Abronhill knew they had been in a game by the time the referee called a halt.

 

Russell and fellow midfielders James Kelly, Colin Kelly, Gary Di Folco and Paul Murray pressed their opponents and didn’t allow them time to get into their usual rhythm. They also worked some openings for lone front man Lewis MacDonald whose pace and ability caused Abronhill’s defence a few headaches.

 

A good ball by Russell set MacDonald up for a shot that went wide and then Paul Murray provided him with the opening for another effort that the keeper saved.

 

Colin Kelly fired one over the top as Milanda gave as good as they got, while at the other end stand-in keeper Thomson made the first of a series of fine saves to keep the deficit to one.

 

Paul Murray then made a goal-line clearance to deny Abronhill from a corner before combining with MacDonald to set up an opportunity for Colin Kelly. This time the keeper saved bravely at his feet.

 

Milanda were unlucky again when Allan Thomson had a header saved from a James Kelly free-kick.

 

To get the break just one down gave Milanda belief and they started the second period positively, MacDonald having a shot deflected wide after good play by Colin Kelly and Di Folco.

 

Even the eventual loss of a second goal didn’t deter them and they fought back to cut the deficit fairly quickly.

 

A long ball by Greig Harley caught Abronhill appealing for offside but referee Willie Harkness waved play on and Allan Thomson broke on the left before squaring to Colin Kelly for a tap-in.

 

The game was really close at this stage and you could sense the relief in the Abronhill ranks when they finally got the ball past keeper Thomson for a third time.

 

Milanda sent on subs Graeme Robertson, Peter Rose, Mark Hutton and Ben McKenzie as they continued battling but only one more goal was scored.

 

MacDonald got it with a free-kick from out on the right that deceived the keeper who, in keeping with the Milanda players, had been expecting a cross.

 

So a defeat with dignity for a change against Abronhill and if Milanda can keep up this standard of performance they should get some more points on the board soon.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: Every Milanda player put in a great shift. Creagh Murray and Allan Thomson formed a strong partnership in central defence, despite having just met, and were well supported by full-backs Ricky Haggerty and Greig Harley. Mark Russell was superb in midfield along with the two Kellys plus Gary Di Folco and Paul Murray, while up front Lewis MacDonald was good enough to keep the three-man Abronhill defence stretched all on his own. But for all their efforts, it was the unexpectedly good, if sometimes bizarre, goalkeeping of Andy Thomson that kept Milanda in the match throughout the 90 minutes so he takes this week’s award.

 

TEAM: Andy Thomson, Haggerty (Hutton), C Murray, Allan Thomson, Harley (McKenzie), J Kelly (Rose), C Kelly, Russell, Di Folco (Robertson), P Murray, MacDonald.

 

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Donald Dewar Centre. GDSML fixture.

 

FC DRUMCHAPEL 7 AC MILANDA 3 Scorers C. Murray, McKenzie, Johnstone

 

MILANDA suffered another heavy defeat after a disastrous start to the match. Drumchapel scored four goals without reply inside the first 25 minutes and it was an uphill battle after that.It says a lot for the players that over the next hour and a bit they managed a 3-3 draw but, unfortunately, games are played over 90 minutes. Of course, it doesn’t help when the manager has to make five changes from the previous week for various reasons. There were 19 players on the team list on Friday afternoon but by 10am the following day that had shrunk to 12 due to call-offs and no-shows, although Jim Binnie came along with his boots at short notice to provide us with a second substitute.

 

It looked as if the players didn’t know each other – and in some cases they actually didn’t – as Drumchapel ran the show in the opening period. The four goals conceded were horrendous. A free header at the back post for the first. Poor passing out of defence for some of the others. Dreadful marking. Inability or reluctance to compete physically with opponents. If something could be done badly, Milanda did it.

 

Perhaps Drumchapel sat back at 4-0 or Milanda got better – probably a bit of both – but things started to turn in the run-up to half-time. The deficit was reduced when a Colin Kelly free-kick bounced off the keeper’s chest and defender Creagh Murray pounced to blast the loose ball into the net. Then, just before the break, good build-up play by Martin Johnstone and Peter Rose ended with Pedro turning his marker and squaring a ball to the unmarked Ben McKenzie who tucked away his first goal for the club from close range. Two well-taken goals and suddenly the picture seemed a lot brighter going into the second period.

 

Sadly, it was Drumchapel who netted again at the start of the second period to make the score 5-2. But back came Milanda once more and a bit of magic from Colin Kelly set up Martin Johnstone for a neat finish. At this point, Drumchapel seemed to panic a little and bolstered their defence.Milanda could have cut the deficit further after good play by Rose played in Codger but the ball just got away from him in front of goal.

 

Drumchapel scored a sixth while Milanda were down to 10 men, Gary Di Folco having gone off for treatment, and they added a seventh to ease any worries they had about being caught. Milanda battled on, though. Andy Thomson had a chance with a header but couldn’t quite get the ball on target and Rose saw a shot blocked after Johnstone had provided the opening.

 

So another frustrating day for the team and there will have to a big improvement for this weekend’s GDSML Cup first-round trip to Stepps to face Strathclyde University.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: All three goalscorers did well – Creagh Murray, Ben McKenzie and Martin Johnstone – while Peter Rose and Gary Di Folco put in good shifts. But this week’s award goes to Colin Kelly who worked hard in midfield and was always a threat going forward.

 

TEAM: Mitchell, Evans, C Murray, Thomson, Haggerty, J Kelly, C Kelly, Di Folco (Graham), McKenzie, Johnstone, Rose. Sub not used: Binnie.

 

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Stepps. GDSML Cup first round.

 

STRATHCLYDE UNI 4 AC MILANDA 6 Scorers Kelly, L. MacDonald, Own goal, C. Murray, Harley

 

MILANDA reached the last 16 of the GDSML Cup thanks to another superb performance against the students.

 

Beating Strathclyde has become a bit of a habit lately and this win was more comfortable than it might look.

 

Milanda were 5-1 up at the interval after a blistering first half and it was only with the help of a couple of dodgy penalties that their opponents threatened to make a game of it.

 

A late sixth goal took the heat out of the situation and justice was done in the end.

 

Milanda were in better shape numbers wise for a change with a full subs bench.

 

Lewis MacDonald was back up front and, with younger brother Kyle in midfield, the team had the necessary pace to cause Strathclyde problems.

 

The first goal came after 10 minutes, Colin Kelly coolly rounding the keeper to net after a neat build-up by Greig Harley, Ryan O’Donnell and Martin Johnstone.

 

Three minutes later, Kyle MacDonald was brought down as he raced into the box and big brother Lewis netted the penalty.

 

Ross Mitchell was called on to make a fine save before Milanda netted a fortunate third, one of the Strathclyde defenders diverting a Kelly cross into his own net.

 

Strathclyde were by no means out of it and another good piece of goalkeeping by Mitchell preceded goal No.4. This time Kyle MacDonald sent over a corner from the right and defender Creagh Murray rose to bullet a header into the net.

 

Kyle MacDonald slotted in No.5 after being set up by a tremendous Mark Hutton pass.

 

It would have been the perfect opening 45 minutes had Milanda not conceded a poor goal just before the break.

 

This gave Strathclyde some encouragement and they started the second half much better. Soft penalties were awarded against Creagh Murray and Gerry Evans – no home player even claimed for the second one – and suddenly the gap between the teams was down to two goals.

 

Milanda were still creating openings but not taking them. In particular, a fantastic run by Kyle MacDonald set up Kelly whose shot was saved.

 

Strathclyde scored again after keeper Mitchell had failed to gather a corner and suddenly the possibility of extra time and even a penalty shootout, unthinkable during the interval, sprang to mind.

 

But the students were finally down and out late on when Martin Johnstone and Lewis MacDonald combined to cut their defence open and set up Greig Harley for a close-range finish.

 

The left-back celebrated as if he had won the tie – and that was because he thought he had. Somehow he had “missed” one of the earlier strikes and reckoned he had sealed a dramatic 5-4 success.

 

Perhaps Milanda were so in control in the first half that he had a little snooze.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: An excellent all-round team performance. Keeper Mitchell had some super stops, while Mark Hutton, Creagh Murray, Gerry Evans and Greig Harley were solid in front of him. The midfield was full of industry and ingenuity, with RyanO’Donnell having possibly his best game for Milanda on the left, ably supported by Martin Johnstone and Gary Di Folco. The dangerous MacDonald brothers caught the eye in that first-half goal blitz with some inspired play but Colin Kelly edged the top man award with a non-stop display of breaking up Strathclyde attacks and setting up Milanda ones as well as scoring the opener and forcing the mistake for No.3.

 

TEAM: Mitchell, Hutton (Haggerty), C Murray, Evans, Harley, K MacDonald, Di Folco (McDougall), C Kelly, Johnstone, O’Donnell, L MacDonald. Subs not used: Graham, Robertson, McKenzie.

 

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Penilee. GDSML fixture.

 

SILVERBURN UTD 5 AC MILANDA 0

 

MILANDA suffered another heavy defeat at the hands of GDSML new boys Silverburn United.

 

In view of the scoreline, it may seem strange to say Milanda competed quite well in the match but even the home side acknowledged that at the end of the 90 minutes.

 

The big difference was that Silverburn were clinical in punishing mistakes, while Milanda didn’t create much in the way of chances and when they did, luck wasn’t on their side.

 

Four of the Silverburn goals were down to poor defending and you can’t afford to offer up gifts to good teams.

 

Milanda actually made the better start but failed to cash in on a couple of half-chances and found themselves 2-0 behind after 12 minutes.

 

The rest of the first half was fairly even, with Colin Kelly firing a shot against the keeper’s right-hand post after being put through by Martin Johnstone and Silverburn firing one against stand-in keeper Andy Thomson’s bar.

 

Milanda were upbeat at the interval about getting the next goal and making a game of it.

 

Even more so when the Silverburn No.9 was sent off for a ridiculous head butt on Greig Harley in the 50th minute. Harley was booked by the ref for his part in the incident, possibly to appease the baying Silverburn contingent at the side of the pitch.

 

The atmosphere at Penilee Community Centre had been intimidating from the start but the Milanda players stood up to it well.

 

Unfortunately, they lost a poor goal from a corner on the hour to make life harder for themselves.

 

Lewis MacDonald, who had lacked support up front, then carved out an opening. The keeper could only parry his shot but a brilliant last-ditch tackle stopped Colin Kelly netting the loose ball.

 

Ryan O’Donnell had a shot saved before Silverburn made it 4-0 then 5-0 from a penalty conceded by Creagh Murray.

 

So another bad day at the office for Milanda but not many teams will take points home from Penile and Silverburn, even at this early stage of the season, look likely to be one of the promoted teams come May.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: Gary Di Folco. Never stopped working.

 

TEAM: Thomson, Hutton (Haggerty), C Murray, Evans, Harley (Robertson), O’Donnell (J Kelly), Di Folco, Johnstone, C Kelly, P Murray, MacDonald. Subs not used: Graham, Rose.

 

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Hamilton Palace Grounds. GDSML

 

HAMILTON WANDERERS 1 AC MILANDA 2 Scorers P. Murray, Kelly

 

MILANDA recorded their third win of the league campaign thanks to a superb performance against one of the better teams in the division.

 

In recent times, Milanda have been second best to Wanderers, usually by a few goals, but not on this occasion.

 

Football being the funny old game it is, there hadn’t been any great optimism before the match after another string of call-offs.

 

The fact that all three right-backs on the books were absent – was there a right-backs convention on somewhere? – meant Milanda were short of defenders.

 

A different formation was virtually forced on the management but the 3-5-2 worked a treat because every player fought tremendously hard to combat opponents who had a good level of fitness and movement.

 

James Kelly and Paul Murray had to give a bit more than usual in the wing-back roles but both responded brilliantly.

 

The passing was better than of late and when you’re not constantly giving the ball away cheaply you have more of the play.

 

The opening exchanges were fairly even with clear-cut chances hard to come by for both teams. But Colin Kelly looked lively and hard a shot cleared off the line after 20 minutes followed by a chip just over the bar.

 

Ross Mitchell made a couple of excellent saves as the half wore on but he was beaten just before the break when what looked like a cross from the right sneaked in at the far post.

 

Milanda didn’t deserve to be behind at the break but they set up about sorting the situation at the start of the second half.

 

Lewis MacDonald sent a shot wide before the equaliser arrived in the 50th minute. Paul Murray noticed the keeper was poorly positioned as he lined up a free-kick out on the right. The Hamilton No.1 scrambled across his line and got a hand to the ball but couldn’t keep it out.

 

Some had this marked down as an own goal but Murray was, as you’d expect, having none of it. And quite right too.

 

Minutes later, Mitchell pulled off a fantastic save from a deflected shot that appeared to be heading for the roof of the Milanda net.

 

That gave his team-mates a huge lift and they took the lead on the hour, Peter Rose and Lewis MacDonald combining well on the right to set up a close-range finish for Colin Kelly.

 

Hamilton threw everything into getting an equaliser. They hit the woodwork and Mitchell pulled off another couple of great stops as Milanda held on.

 

With legs tiring, subs Ben Graham and Ben McKenzie went on to shore things up and the final whistle came with the lead intact.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: Ever player would have been at least an eight out of 10 in a list of performance ratings. Greig Harley, keeper Ross Mitchell and Lewis MacDonald were definite nines but there can only be one man of the match and Lewis just nicks it for once again providing a massive threat every time his colleagues got the ball up front.

 

TEAM (3-5-2): Mitchell, Evans, Thomson, Harley, J Kelly, C Kelly (McKenzie), Johnstone, Di Folco, Murray, Rose (Graham), MacDonald.

 

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GDSML Cup 2nd round. Western Park, Renfrew.

 

RENFREW TOWN 5 AC MILANDA 0

 

Milanda’s hopes of a run in the GDSML Cup were dashed before a ball had been kicked after a horrendous spate of call-offs.

 

Things were so bad manager Alan McMillan contemplated granting Renfrew a walkover at one stage.

 

However, after a long Friday of texts and phone calls, a team was cobbled together.

 

There was no regular goalkeeper and no substitutes plus the second half had to be played with 10 men after Richard Addison was called out to work.

 

Despite all that, Milanda put up a spirited performance and were not disgraced.

 

Renfrew, who haven’t had the best of seasons in the Premier Division so far, scored very early and were 2-0 ahead by the 20-minute mark but their final three goals came in the last 15 when Milanda’s players were tiring.

 

For nearly an hour between the second and third goals, Milanda competed well without making much in the way of chances.

 

Stand-in keeper Andy Thomson had to pull off some good saves and Renfrew did miss chances but overall Milanda should not be too downbeat about the performance in the circumstances.

 

At 2-0, Peter Rose fired in a shot that beat the keeper and came back off his left-hand post but Addison somehow failed to net the loose ball.

 

And later in the game, striker Ben Graham forced the keeper to make a good block after a superb run and cross by Greig Harley.

 

MOM: The defenders and midfielders were run off their feet at times but everyone put in a power of work, especially Scott Preston after a considerable time out of action. However, keeper Andy Thomson was the star man and kept the scoreline relatively respectable.

 

TEAM: Thomson, C Murray, Evans, Preston, Rose, J Kelly, Johnstone, Hutton, Harley, R Addison, Graham.

 

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GDSML Colquhoun Park, Bearsden

 

PARKLIFE 1 AC MILANDA 4 Scorers Kelly, Di Folco, L. MacDonald, Johnstone

 

Milanda made sure they went into the festive break on a high with their second league win of the season against the boys from Bearsden. Just as in the meeting at Stepford in September, the scoreline was 4-1 but this time there were four different scorers. Milanda did all the damage in the first half, which they finished 4-0 up, and then had to take a back seat as Parklife dominated the second period. The home side scored a penalty and had another saved but there was never any real danger of Milanda being caught because the defence played superbly and trialist keeper Scott McDonald was in top form.

 

There was no indication in the earliest exchanges that the first half would end with one side so far ahead. In fact, only a good save by McDonald stopped Parklife taking the lead in the second minute. However, an excellent passing move saw Milanda take the lead with their first attack of note. Lewis MacDonald started it and Colin Kelly finished it with a first-time shot that went in off the underside of the bar following a perfect pass from Ben McKenzie.

 

Keeper McDonald had another couple of saves and there was some good defensive blocking before Milanda doubled their advantage on the half-hour. This time Colin Kelly was the provider with the perfect weight of pass for Gary Di Folco to run on and tuck the ball into the corner of the net. Martin Johnston shot off target following a long kick-out by the keeper that was misjudged by the home defence. Then, at the other end, Creagh Murray made a timely clearance as Parklife threatened to reduce the deficit.

 

But goal No.3 eased any tension in the Milanda ranks when MacDonald took advantage of a defensive slip to hammer the ball home. The fourth goal was simple. James Kelly played a corner to the near post where Johnstone peeled away from his marker and stooped to head into the net.

 

Five minutes into the second period, some sloppy play outside the box gave Parklife an opening. Keeper McDonald brought that to a halt by taking out the Parklife attacker but he made amends by diving to his left to push away the resulting penalty. However, he was beaten from the spot in the 63rd minute after Di Folco had fouled an opponent in the box.

 

Milanda’s only real opening of the second period came when Colin Kelly broke through. He passed to MacDonald instead of finishing himself and the goal was chalked off for offside.

 

MOM: A lot of good performances in this one. The back three and the keeper deserve special credit because the game was more competitive than the scoreline might suggest. Gerry Evans and Andy Thomson were solid throughout but were just pipped for star man status by colleague Creagh Murray who didn’t put a foot wrong.

 

TEAM: S McDonald, C Murray, Evans, Thomson, J Kelly, Di Folco, Johnstone, C Kelly, McKenzie, L MacDonald, R Addison (T Addison).

 

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GDSML Crookfur Playing Fields.

 

KINGS PARK ROVERS 0 AC MILANDA 3 Scorers L. MacDonald (2), K. MacDonald

 

Even the harshest critic would have struggled to find fault with this Milanda performance. From start to finish, the team played well as a unit to start the new year on a high. The first game after the festive break has proved difficult for Milanda in the past but the players looked in fine shape and ready for a game against good opposition. Kings Park played attractive football and moved the ball well around the pitch but Milanda were just that little bit better.

 

The defence of Creagh Murray, Gerry Evans and Andy Thomson played solidly throughout and on the odd occasion that the home side managed to get a glimpse of goal, they found keeper Ross Mitchell in top form.In midfield, James Kelly, Gary Di Folco, Colin Kelly, Thomas Addison and Ben McKenzie imposed themselves on the opposition. And up front, the Dangerous Brothers, Lewis and Kyle MacDonald, never gave their opponents any peace. Former Milanda skipper Brian Dunn, looking fit and healthy, also turned up to support the boys and that just added to the feelgood factor on the day.

 

Colin Kelly had a superb free-kick tipped over the bar by the Rovers keeper and Kyle MacDonald forced the No.1 into another decent save in the early period.

Then Mitchell denied the home team with an excellent diving save.The first goal was always going to be important in a tight match and it arrived for Milanda after 38 minutes. One of the Kings Park defenders tried to clear a James Kelly cross but the ball seemed to get stuck under his foot before breaking to Lewis MacDonald for a simple close-range finish.

 

Just before the break, Lewis made it 2-0 with another well-taken goal from a Colin Kelly pass. Milanda were in control and never looked like allowing their opponents back into the match. Kyle MacDonald came close to scoring what would have been the goal of the season with a spectacular overhead kick from a Creagh Murray cross, the ball zooming wide of target. An audacious piece of skill that impressed both sets of players.

 

Although he was out of luck on that occasion, it was Kyle who fired in goal No.3 from a pass by substitute Greig Harley.Harley’s fellow subs, Pedro Rose, Mark Hutton and Ben Graham, also got in on the action and contributed to a fantastic, all-round team effort.

 

MOM: No shortage of candidates for this week’s man of the match award but Lewis MacDonald takes it for his two goals and all-round performance – despite playing with blisters on both heels.

 

TEAM: Mitchell, C Murray, Evans, Thomson, J Kelly (Hutton), Di Folco (Graham), Addison (Harley) C Kelly, McKenzie, L MacDonald, K MacDonald (Rose).

 

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GDSML Clydebank.

 

KILPATRICK THISTLE 4 AC MILANDA 1 Scorer Kelly

 

IF ever there was a misleading scoreline, this is it. Despite a spate of call-offs forcing Milanda to take the field with 10 men and minus their regular keeper, they fought incredibly hard and were just five minutes away from leaving Clydebank with a 1-1 draw. In fact, it didn’t look beyond them to snatch all three points at one stage but a combination of bad luck and tired legs brought an unsatisfactory conclusion to the match. Stand-in keeper Thomas Addison was badly position when Kilpatrick opened the scoring after 10 minutes but he had three good saves after that to ensure Milanda reached the break just one behind.

 

Off-target shots by Creagh Murray and James Kelly were about all Milanda managed in terms of a threat in the opening period but the barely playable pitch didn’t exactly promote flowing football.Brothers Andy and Allan Thomson had worked well in defence along with Gerry Evans to keep the home attack at bay, so the mood at the interval was far from pessimistic. And things were looking even better five minutes into the second period when Milanda equalised. Greig Hurley curled in a wonderful free-kick from the right and as Kilpatrick hesitated, Colin Kelly ran in to head home.

 

The return of Martin Coyle brought a real presence to Milanda’s central midfield, not to mention his usual five-star patter. And with Murray and Gary Di Folco doing a power of running beside him, the home team certainly weren’t getting things their own way in this key area of the pitch. A lot of Kilpatrick’s attacks ended with poor shots that didn’t even trouble Addison, while Milanda created openings that failed due to a bad final pass or poor decision making. But a draw looked the likely outcome until the referee penalised Addison for handling outside his box as he tried a quick throw to mount a counter-attack.

It seemed a harsh decision and that the keeper’s momentum had taken him outside after releasing the ball.

 

What followed was even harsher. Addison pulled off a great save from the free-kick but turned the ball for a corner from which one of the Kilpatrick players headed his team 2-1 in front.With just five minutes to get back on terms, Milanda pushed players forward and, as a result, lost two more goals, the second one when they had just nine men on the park following an injury to James Kelly. They fought to the end, though, and Coyle was unlucky with a header from Colin Kelly’s cross, the ball finishing just off target.

 

So a superb effort from all 10 players and they deserved better than a scoreline that makes this look like a comfortable Kilpatrick win. Even the Kilpatrick players would concede it was far from that.

 

MOM: Colin Kelly did well as a one-man forward line. He never stopped running and scored an excellent goal.

 

TEAM: Addison, Allan Thomson, Andy Thomson, Evans, J Kelly, Di Folco, Coyle, C Murray, Harley, C Kelly.

 

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GDSML Stepps Playing Fields.

 

AC MILANDA 2 STRATHCLYDE UNI 1 Scorer Kelly (2)

 

Milanda moved up to seventh place in the GDSML First Division with a superb win against the students. The manager took a gamble on moving a home fixture to the university playing fields to get the game played and it paid off. Milanda have now won five fixtures in a row against Strathclyde and this performance was every bit as good as the four that had gone before. The constant struggle to get a team on the park was eased a little with the return of Paul Murray and Andy Baillie, meaning Milanda had the luxury of being able to name a couple of substitutes.

 

On a cold, damp morning Milanda started brightly. A good move saw Colin Kelly break on the left and fire an inviting ball across goal but Baillie just couldn’t get on the end of it. A mistake by Ben McKenzie gave Strathclyde an opening but his pal, Scott McDonald, saved the day by diving to touch the Strathclyde player’s shot round the post. The keeper made another couple of excellent stops as the game flowed from one end to the other.

 

Peter Rose and strike partner Baillie came close with headers and Rose had another opportunity but failed to get a shot away. At half-time, it was anyone’s game but Milanda knew they would have to keep their concentration and work-rate against youthful, skilful opponents.

 

Three minutes into the second period, they found themselves up against it when Strathclyde scored from a penalty harshly awarded against Gary Di Folco. Even the player allegedly fouled admitted he had just fallen on the heavy surface. But Milanda were level two minutes later. The home defence misjudged a long kick-out by McDonald and Colin Kelly ran on to round the keeper and fire the ball into the net from a tight angle.

 

McDonald denied Strathclyde again before contributing to Milanda’s second goal in the 69th minute. Another big kick was flicked on by Baillie and this time Colin Kelly shrugged off the attentions of two defenders to fire a great shot into the keeper’s left-hand corner. Strathclyde piled forward in the final 20 minutes in an attempt to get back on terms at least but the back three of Creagh Murray, Gerry Evans and Andy Thomson made sure little got past them.

 

In front of them, the middle five of Thomas Addison, Di Folco, Murray, Colin Kelly and McKenzie worked like Trojans to halt as many attacks as possible, although some of Adda’s attempts to stop them were occasionally on the bizarre side. Baillie and Rose also played their parts up front to disrupt the Strathclyde build-from-the-back style, while James Kelly and Ben Graham came on to make valuable contributions.

 

A good save by the Strathclyde keeper denied Colin Kelly his hat-trick, while McDonald thwarted another home attack late on to make sure Milanda went home with full points.

 

All in all a fantastic team performance from the boys in red and yellow and even the heavy rain towards the end of the game couldn’t dampen spirits.

 

MOM: It’s not often the top man accolade is shared but it would be difficult to split Scott McDonald (two goal assists, several excellent saves) and Colin Kelly (two great goals plus a powerful shift all over the pitch), so for this game it’s a joint award.

 

TEAM: McDonald, C Murray, Evans, Thomson, Addison (Graham), Di Folco, P Murray, C Kelly, McKenzie, Baillie, Rose (J Kelly).

 

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GDSML Stepford.

 

AC MILANDA 1 KILPATRICK THISTLE 3 Scorer Rose

 

MILANDA created a bit of unwanted club history by having three players ordered off in the same match.

 

Referee Alistair Barclay showed red cards to Gary Di Folco, Andy Thomson and Thomas Addison, making it easy for Kilpatrick Thistle to go home with three points.

 

It is not club policy to be too critical of match officials. They have a tough job and without them we wouldn’t be able to get fixtures played.

 

However, it would be fair to say that only the last-minute dismissal of Addison appeared truly merited.

 

The game wasn’t the torrid affair the statistics might indicate. In fact, it was pretty tame, so to have three players take an early shower seemed bizarre.

 

We didn’t even see that in the days of the Leary brothers or the Prestons.

 

Milanda had come close to taking a point from Kilpatrick with 10 men in Clydebank in January but with nine then eight they had no chance.

 

Ex-Milanda player Stuart Mackenzie turned up to watch that one and this time we had another two former stalwarts, Paul Sime and Kevin Williamson, providing some support. How we could have done with those two at the peak of their striking powers on the pitch.

 

Once again, Milanda were down to the bare bones due to call-offs. This time we did get a starting X1 but needed Richard Addison to answer an SOS to be emergency substitute.

 

Milanda were hoping to start where they had left off in beating Strathclyde University but for some reason the team started poorly and never really got into any kind of rhythm.

 

Kilpatrick scored inside the first five minutes from a low corner that was poorly defended.

 

Andy Baillie had an effort off target from a Colin Kelly cross before Milanda got back on terms.

 

James Kelly’s corner wasn’t properly dealt with by the visiting defence and Peter Rose pounced to slam in the loose ball.

 

Kilpatrick restored their lead before the break with a cracking strike from outside the box but again Milanda could have done better in clearing their lines.

 

There was hope at the interval that Milanda could yet win the game if they got their act together.

 

However, Di Folco was sent off early in the second period and it was clearly going to be an uphill struggle after that. The midfielder certainly deserved a yellow card for a badly-timed challenge and although he did indulge in backchat to the referee, there was no bad language used and it was a shock to see the red come out.

 

Kilpatrick quickly scored a third goal after that and then came the loss of Thomson. The defender tried to block the shot of a Kilpatrick player just outside the box but it didn’t look a bookable challenge far less one that deserved a straight red. Even the Kilpatrick players were surprised when the referee pointed him in the direction of the pavilion.

 

Little of note happened after that but with time running out Addison decided to show everyone what a real red-card offence looks like by booting an opponent to join Thomson and Di Folco in the changing rooms.

 

A day to forget for Milanda but, for all the wrong reasons, it will be well remembered.

 

MOM: Peter Rose took his goal well and worked hard throughout up front, often chasing lost causes to give those behind him some respite.

 

TEAM: Mitchell, C Murray, Evans, Thomson, J Kelly, T Addison, Di Folco, C Kelly, P Murray, Rose, Baillie. Sub not used: R Addison.

 

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GDSML Stepford

 

AC MILANDA 0 KINGS PARK ROVERS 1

 

TEN-MAN Milanda gave a good account of themselves and might have taken a point with a bit more luck. The almost weekly spate of late call-offs and no-shows - plus suspensions from the nightmare against Kilpatrick Thistle - left them short to face a decent Kings Park side.However, a team was cobbled together in a 3-4-2 formation and it performed well.

 

Rovers produced the first chance with a slick move down the right and it took a superb goal-line clearance by Creagh Murray to stop them taking the lead.

A mistake by the keeper at the other end gave Milanda an opening and Colin Kelly’s first-time effort looked netbound but just curled away from goal at the vital moment.Four minutes later, the visitors took the lead. A fierce long-range shot was brilliantly tipped on to the bar by Mitchell and the ball fell nicely for one the Kings Park forwards to slot home.

 

Gary Stranger shot over the bar before the break as Milanda continued to give as good as they got. The second half was pretty well dominated by Kings Park. Milanda had a couple of shots at goal but never really troubled their keeper. Mitchell, on the other hand, made four fantastic saves and was helped out by another goal-line clearance from Murray and one from Gerry Evans. Interestingly, Kings Park didn’t realise until it was all over that they had been playing a 10-man team. Milanda had put 11 names on their team sheet plus the names of three substitutes and hoped KP might not twig for 20 minutes or so.

As it turned out, they didn’t twig at all which says much for the effort the Milanda boys put in.

 

As Kings Park celebrated holding on for three points at the final whistle after repelling a late Milanda attack, Colin Kelly broke the news to them. They found it hard to believe.

 

MOM: There were some excellent performances defensively but keeper Ross Mitchell stole the show. He pulled off some superb saves and was unlucky not to have a shutout.

 

TEAM: Mitchell, C Murray, Evans, Trialist, Newman, C Kelly, Stranger, McKenzie, Rose, Graham.

 

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GDSML Holyrood Sports Centre

 

BRAEHEAD 5 AC MILANDA 1 Scorer Rose

 

MILANDA were second best from start to finish and got exactly what they deserved from a depressing 90 minutes. This game was originally to be played on grass in Renfrew but when the pitches there were deemed unplayable, Braehead managed to book Holyrood Sports Centre’s plastic pitch.It seemed at the time they had done the impossible in getting an artificial surface at short notice – until the players walked out on to it. This wasn’t so much 3G as oh gee. It was basically like playing on a big patch of concrete with a towel over it. After a quick pre-match inspection, even the referee said: “Rather you than me.” Clearly it had been available because no one in their right mind would book it.

 

Braehead, to be fair, seemed as taken aback as Milanda at the poor conditions. But they certainly adapted to them better. Their passing and movement was superior throughout and although the scoreline might flatter them a little, they fully deserved to take the points. Milanda, with Paul Murray playing as an emergency striker, barely created a chance in the first period and found themselves 2-0 behind at the break. The first goal came from a mistake by Creagh Murray and the second looked as if it might have been offside.

 

Even Milanda players who normally rate a seven or eight out of 10 most weeks had off days - and the agony continued at the start of the second period. Colin Kelly lost possession in the build-up to Braehead’s third goal which saw the ball take a deflection on its way past Ross Mitchell. Gary Di Folco could have cut the deficit following a long throw by Paul Murray but blasted the ball over the bar. Then Colin Kelly set up namesake James who shot wide.

 

Braehead’s fourth goal was again a fortunate deflection but Creagh Murray thwarted their next attack with a goal-line clearance to make up for his earlier error. Substitute Peter Rose injected a bit of life into Milanda’s front line and laid an opportunity on a plate for Colin Kelly shortly after entering the fray. The team's top scorer looked set to score but curled his shot wide.

 

Braehead made it 5-0 with a long-range shot and then sat back, knowing the job was done. This allowed Milanda to have their best spell of the match in the final 20 minutes. They scored with 10 minutes to go from their best move of the morning. Di Folco sent James Kelly down the right and he cut back the perfect ball for Rose to fire a first-time shot low past the keeper.Milanda continued on the ascendancy and Rose had another shot saved and a third effort that finished off target.

 

If Milanda had showed this kind of urgency in the early part of the match, the scoreline might have been different but it was too little too late.

 

MOM: James Kelly did a lot of good work in midfield and passed the ball much better than most of his team-mates, so he pips lively substitute Peter Rose for man of the match.

 

TEAM: Mitchell, C Murray, Evans, Thomson, Hutton (Rose), J Kelly, Di Folco, Stenson, McKenzie, P Murray, C Kelly. Sub not used: Addison.

 

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GDSML Stepford

 

AC MILANDA 2 DRUMCHAPEL 3 Scorers Kelly, Gregg

 

MILANDA came agonisingly close to nicking a point from the team likely to finish third in the GDSML First Division. Drumchapel had beaten Milanda 7-3 earlier in the season but they were hanging on grimly in the final 10 minutes and their manager was relieved to hear the final whistle. Would Milanda have merited a draw? Probably not because for too long the players looked as if they had accepted that defeat was inevitable.It was only when they got the score back to 3-2 in the 75th minute that they seemed to start believing they might get something.

 

Sadly, it wasn’t to be and while the players deserve praise for having a real go late in the match, they must also take stick for not performing to their potential in the earlier part of the game.

 

Colin Kelly had a shot saved in the opening exchanges after being set up by Ben McKenzie but Drumchapel began to cause problems once they got into their stride.Scott McDonald denied them with an excellent save but he was beaten twice inside a 15-minute period when sloppy play allowed the visitors to go 2-0 up.Just before the break, Milanda pulled one back when a Colin Kelly shot was deflected past the Drumchapel keeper.

 

That meant the half-time team talk was more positive than it might otherwise have been and the home players went back out aiming to get back on level terms. But again Drumchapel made the better start and it took another fine McDonald save to prevent them adding to their lead. However, Drumchapel’s third was only delayed for a short while. Milanda switched off and allowed the opposition to take a short corner. The ball was then delivered into the box and hesitation allowed one of the Drumchapel players to head a simple goal.

 

Milanda pulled a goal back 15 minutes from time with their best move of the match. Colin Kelly made a powerful run down in the inside-left channel and then passed inside to Peter Rose. Pedro, in turn, slipped the ball to new striker Andy Gregg and he buried the ball into the bottom corner. With the fresh legs of Mark Hutton and Thomas Addison in midfield, Milanda kept pushing forward and creating opportunities. Paul Murray’s long throws had Drumchapel under severe pressure and their goal had a charmed life at times.

 

Gerry Evans hit a loose ball against the keeper’s right-hand post, Gregg had an effort blocked and Andy Thomson also came close with a powerful shot. But in the end Milanda had to accept defeat.

 

MOM: Andy Gregg took his goal well and might have had another couple, despite surviving on scraps, while Colin Kelly was always trying to create openings. However, man of the match goes to Scott “Spider” McDonald who kept Milanda in with a shout throughout thanks to some excellent goalkeeping.

 

TEAM: McDonald, C Murray, Evans, Thomson, J Kelly (Hutton), Di Folco, C Kelly, P Murray, McKenzie (Addison), Rose, Gregg. Sub not used: Graham.

 

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GDSML Greenfield

 

AC MILANDA 1 BLANTYRE 7 Scorer Gregg

 

MILANDA’S run of poor performances continued as Blantyre strolled to victory. Injuries to Thomas Addison and Creagh Murray didn’t help the cause but Milanda always looked like ending up second best. Blantyre passed the ball better, fought harder and played as a team, while Milanda looked like 11 individuals hoping for a miracle.The visitors were 3-0 up inside half-an-hour and fully in control.

 

Milanda, who were unlucky not to be awarded an early penalty for a foul on Andy Gregg, did give themselves a glimmer of hope just before the break when they pulled a goal back.Peter Rose started the move with a good run then slipped the ball to Colin Kelly whose delivery into the six-yard box was forced home by Gregg. As in the previous game against Drumchapel, this meant the half-time chat was about getting another quick goal back in the second period to put the opposition under pressure.

 

However, this never looked likely and Blantyre stuck away another couple of goals to make sure there would be no comeback. Milanda, with Mark Russell back in midfield, had their best spell of the game at this point and might have made the scoreline more respectable. Paul Murray beat the keeper with a tremendous shot that came back out off a post. The loose ball fell to substitute Ben Graham but he couldn’t get his effort on target.

 

Blantyre had another let-off when a perfect cross from the right by Rose was headed over by Gregg.The action was soon back at the other end, though, and Blantyre put the ball in the net twice more to complete an embarrassing morning for the home side.

 

MOM: Midfield was where Milanda’s better players were to be found, with Paul Murray, Mark Russell, Colin Kelly and Gary Di Folco all trying hard to make things happen. In the end, Murray edged it for man of the match.

 

TEAM: Mitchell, C Murray (Graham), Evans, Thomson, Addison (McKenzie), C Kelly, Di Folco, Russell, Murray, Rose, Gregg.

 

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GDSML Stepford.

 

AC MILANDA 4 GLENAVON 2 Scorers Gregg (3), Rose

 

ANDY GREGG grabbed a hat-trick as Milanda finally ended a dismal run of defeats. Bottom club Glenavon, whose only league victory of the season had come against Milanda at Lochend earlier in the season, once again proved tricky opposition but there’s no doubt the better side won. Milanda created more chances in this game than they had done in the previous half-dozen and yet three of their four goals came from Glenavon mistakes. Some glaring opportunities were missed to produce a more impressive scoreline but at the end of the day a win’s a win and the Milanda players were happy to walk off with another three points in the bag. Call-offs plus injuries to Creagh Murray and Thomas Addison meant Milanda had just 12 players available and that went down to 11 early in the match when Andy Thomson was forced off with a knock.

 

Allan Thomson, who had started up front, was forced back to fill in for his brother in central defence and substitute Peter Rose joined Gregg in attack.The home side made the first opening of note. A kicked clearance by keeper Scott McDonald was flicked on by Gary Di Folco for Colin Kelly but he shot far too early and the Glenavon No.1 had a simple save.

 

Kelly was booked a short time after that for dissent and referee Stephen McDevitt was clearly unhappy with the midfielder. There was a real danger of a red card being produced and while the row was still simmering, Milanda lost concentration and allowed the Glenavon No.9 to barge his way through and score.

 

Things calmed a little and Allan Thomson and Gerry Evans had chances to score before Milanda pulled level in the 35th minute. Kelly was the provider and Gregg the finisher, the striker taking the ball round the keeper before putting it in the net. Milanda started the second half well and Greig Harley, back in the team after injury, sent a shot whistling just over the bar from a Ben McKenzie pass.

 

In the 50th minute, Milanda went 2-1 up when Rose took advantage of sloppy play in defence to set up Gregg for a close-range finish.Paul Murray was setting up some fantastic openings with his set-piece deliveries but no one was able to take advantage.Kelly should have scored when he got in behind the visiting defence but curled the ball wide.

 

It took another error, this time by the Glenavon keeper, to give Milanda their third goal.Again it was Gregg who put the ball in the net, sending the ball over the stranded No.1 with a perfect chip for his treble. Rose headed a Murray free-kick wide from close range when he should have scored but made up for that by notching goal No.4 following more poor play by the keeper.

 

Glenavon cut the deficit to 4-2 when the home defence was caught napping but play was soon back at the other end and Rose and McKenzie had shots blocked in a goalmouth scramble.Mark Hutton set up Gary Di Folco with a great ball down the right but the midfielder ran on and fired his over the top from good position.Hutton then put another tempting ball across the face of goal but Gregg just couldn’t get on the end of it.

 

It didn’t matter in the end, though, as Milanda saw the game out fairly comfortably.

 

MOM: A good all-round team performance but undoubtedly Andy Gregg stole the show as he took his tally to five goals in three games since joining Milanda.

 

TEAM: McDonald, Hutton, Evans, Andy Thomson (Rose), Harley, Di Folco, C Kelly, P Murray, McKenzie, Gregg, Allan Thomson.

 

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GDSML Stepford.

 

AC MILANDA 2 HAMILTON WANDERERS 7 Scorers C. Murray, Gregg

 

MILANDA struggled yet again to get a team on the park and the final scoreline reflected what is becoming an almost weekly predicament.Another Friday night spent phoning anyone with a pulse who might have a pair of football boots in a cupboard somewhere proved successful in that 14 players entered the dressing room.However, two were less than 100 per cent fit due to injuries and another two were untested teenagers.Amazingly, Milanda were 2-0 up at one stage and still had a one-goal advantage at the interval.

 

However, Hamilton made a blistering start to the second half and finished the game comfortable winners. The fact that Milanda hadn’t played for a month didn’t help but the rustiness wasn’t particularly apparent in the early stages. Milanda began with 18-year-old Drew McKerral partnering Andy Gregg up front and 17-year-old Jack Mortimer – the first player born this century to represent the club – at left-back. Hamilton were fairly lively in the opening exchanges but it was the home side who took the lead after 15 minutes.

 

A Ben McKenzie corner was cleared only as far as Paul Murray. The skipper hooked the ball back into the danger area and there was defender Creagh Murray to coolly slot the ball into the net. Three minutes later, the advantage was doubled. Murray was again the provider, this time with a pinpoint free-kick to the far post where Gregg rose to head home and keep up his record of scoring every time he plays.

 

Hamilton had a chance to pull one back from a penalty after a rash tackle by Thomas Addison. However, Ross Mitchell pulled off an excellent save from the spot-kick and also kept out the follow-up effort. Milanda’s lead was halved just before the break, though, when one of the Hamilton players lobbed the ball over Mitchell after some poor defending.

 

The second half was a non-event from the home team’s point of view. Players were caught in possession, gave the ball away far too easily and generally made it easy for Hamilton to take control. It was pretty much one-way traffic as Hamilton turned a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 advantage in the space of 15 minutes before adding another two goals just to rub it in.

 

Milanda made only one real opportunity in the second 45 minutes, Peter Rose heading over from close range.

 

MOM: Another bad day at the office but Paul Murray was the best Milanda performer with two goal assists.

 

TEAM: Mitchell, Addison, Evans, C Murray, Mortimer (Johnstone), Rose, P Murray, Kelly, McKenzie, Gregg, McKerral (Graham). Sub not used: Thomson.

 

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GDSML Gartferry Park, Moodiesburn.

 

BRIDGEND AMATEURS 4 AC MILANDA 2 Scorers Gregg, Kelly

 

MILANDA brought the curtain down on a dismal season with another defeat - but on this occasion a makeshift team put up a spirited show.

 

As in the previous game, Milanda led by two goals and let control slip away. This time, though, it wasn’t until the last 15 minutes that their opponents managed to clinch the points.

 

Bridgend are a good side with experienced players but when the final whistle sounded they were more than a little relieved to have won a well-contested match.

 

The usual injuries, call-offs and no-shows left Milanda struggling for players but, not for the first time, Thomas Addison did a sterling job in coming up with some additions to the squad.

 

Stephen Sommerville came in on the right of midfield while old friend Brandon Stenson slotted in at left-back after arriving late

due to work commitments. The injured Andy Thomson, who had gamely volunteered to start and keep a place for him - even though he could barely run - duly made way.

 

Milanda started shooting up the excessively hilly pitch and produced some impressive inter-play.

 

They took a deserved lead after 15 minutes when Stenson bombed up the left flank and sent over the perfect cross for Andy “he plays, he scores” Gregg to head home.

 

Ten minutes later, it was 2-0. This time Milanda were awarded a free-kick outside the box and Colin Kelly placed a brilliant low shot past the helpless keeper.

 

Bridgend were labouring at this point and Milanda threatened again when Ben McKenzie shot over after a Stenson long throw had

been only partially cleared.

 

Richard Addison, who was doing a good job in midfield, also had a chance after a nice build-up involving Gregg and Sommerville but

didn't manage to get a shot away.

 

Milanda looked certain to take their 2-0 lead into the second half until, just before the break, referee John McMurray allowed one of the Bridgend players to run from what appeared an offside position to round keeper Ross Mitchell and score.

 

However, the half-time team talk was upbeat and Milanda hoped to capitalise on the fact that they would then be shooting downhill.

 

It didn’t work out that way. Milanda seemed to struggle in the same way that Bridgend had done and the home team gained control.

 

They equalised with a back-post header after 57 minutes and kept pressing for more openings.

 

They got their noses in front in the 75th minute from a free-kick that Milanda should have defended better and made it 4-2 three minutes later.

 

Bridgend had a chance for a fifth goal following a needless foul in the box by Kelly but the spot-kick hit Mitchell’s right-hand post and bounced to safety.

 

Milanda threw on young trialist Antony Pillans in place of the solid Mark Hutton at right-back for the closing minutes and

pushed Sommerville up front to try to cut the deficit but to no avail.

 

Not a bad performance by any stretch of the imagination but with better concentration and awareness, a point could

have been taken and that would have seen the team finish the season above Strathclyde University and out of the bottom two. Sadly, it wasn't to be.

 

MOM: The defence looked good for three-quarters of the match, Colin Kelly and Gary Di Folco worked especially hard in midfield, while striker Andy Gregg got his usual goal and put in a shift with not a great deal of support. However, Brandon Stenson was the top man with a typical all-action performance and an excellent goal assist.

 

TEAM: Mitchell, Hutton (Pillans), Evans, T Addison, Thomson (Stenson), Sommerville, R Addison, Kelly, Di Folco, McKenzie, Gregg. Subs not used: McKerral, Mortimer.