ACSC rewarded for tenacity

Dundee College 0, ACSC 1

ACSC travelled to Gardyne Road to take on Dundee College in their first away game of the new Premier League season.

Manager Gunning decided to stick with the 3-5-2 formation that had earned a 2-0 win against Bank St Athletic the previous week.

There were a few personnel changes however with Gunning choosing to ‘freshen things up’ bringing in Smith for Cook in defence, James ‘Jimbo’ Forbes returning to the first team for the first time since ‘experimenting’ with local rivals AHSFPs, Jones coming in for Matthew ‘Red Eye’ Swan and R. Swan replacing Gatrick out wide. R. Gillespie moved up top with Pearson to complete the line-up.

ACSC once again started slowly and it took until 15 minutes before they began to force the play. There were few opportunities in the first half with ACSC playing some nice football at times but failing to find that killer pass to create any clear cut chances.

Dundee College seemed intent on the ‘direct’ method of play hoping for a flick on to give their strikers a shot at goal. However, the ACSC defence marshalled by Graham dealt easily with any threat. As the half progressed the ACSC were beginning to get in behind the College on a regular basis, Pearson coming closest for the visitors with a lob after a flick from R. Gillespie.

Half-time: Dundee College 0, ACSC 0.

The second half was dominated by the away team searching and probing for the opening. R. Gillespie hit the post with a fine strike from 18 yards before Gersok came close with two headers the second of which should have been in the onion bag.

Then Gatrick and Longmuir both had angled drives from 18 yards well saved by the ‘keeper. The pressure was relentless and it was like a siege at ‘The Alamo’ with wave after wave of attack. The College looked content to sit in for a draw on their home ground.

However just when it looked as though the game would end in a draw, and with three minutes left on the clock ACSC finally got what their play and effort deserved. An interception by Gersok on the right fell to Gatrick who played into Longmuir in the channel, Longmuir ‘the impact subbie’ then found R. Gillespie in the middle who bravely got to the ball before the ‘keeper to prod in under him and secure the points.

Another good three points for the ACSC who deserved their victory on balance of play.

The players kept at it until the final whistle and finally got the breakthrough they deserved. Great tenacity and effort lads!