AC Milanda 2 , Invac 10
Scorers - Murray, Di Folco
Team - Mitchell, Di Folco, Preston, Evans, Reid, Allan, MacDougall, Grehan, Murray, Harley, Johnstone..
Where to start?
Milanda have had some black days over the years, more than a few embarrassing performances, but this was about as humiliating as it gets.Invac are the reigning champions and definitely no mugs but not so good that they should be able to put 10 past us. Yes, we had call-offs. Yes, we had no-shows. Yes, we were without our top scorer. But we did have 10 of our regular squad available and with Martin Johnstone coming out of retirement to help take us up to 11, we should have been able to put up a better show than we did. We competed for 20 minutes, lost a poor goal and then another.
Johnstone had a goal disallowed for offside before the interval which arrived with the score at 2-0.
A comeback was not beyond us at this stage and we spoke about getting a goal back quickly.
What happened? We lost possession in our first attack of the second half and Invac went upfield to make it 3-0. After that we had another 44 minutes to endure of poor passing, poor defensive play – and not just by the back four, the whole team – and a general lack of fight.
Keeper Ross Mitchell was given very little in the way of protection. He pulled off a couple of excellent saves and it looked as if he might just have saved the team from the ignominy of a double-figues defeat but Invac did get a 10th before the end.
The only bright moments amid the gloom were our goals.
With the score at 8-0, Neil MacDougall was brought down on the edge of the box as he tried to wriggle through and Paul Murray hit an excellent free-kick past the helpless keeper. Then at 9-1, we got another goal back. Skipper Kevin Grehan, one of the few who never stopped trying, laid the ball off to Gary Di Folco and he curled the ball over the Invac No.1 from outside the box. A great strike.
Man of the match: The referee. Thankfully he didn’t add any stoppage time.