Riverside 1, ACSC 0
ACSC travelled to Finlathen to take on Riverside Athletic in the semi-final of the Marquee Trophy on Saturday.
It was the first meeting of the two teams this season, but having met each other on seven previous occasions last year the ACSC knew to expect a tight encounter.
Due to a number of personnel being unavaliable for a variety of reasons, manager Gunning adopted a 4-5-1 formation to accommodate those who were available. Mattheson, Longmuir and D. Gillespie joined Gersok in a back four, with R. Swan, M. Swan and McKenzie joining Jones and Spurek to make up a midfield five and R. Gillespie playing the lone striker role.
ACSC started well with R. Gillespie making a real nuisance of himself up top, holding the ball up well and shrugging off a number of challenges from the home defence, but unfortunately without an end product.
Riverside came into the game and began getting down the flanks. However the strikers were coming so deep to link play that there was no-one in the box when the cross came in. Riverside looked most dangerous from free kicks or corners, Wallace losing his marker at the back post to knock it across goal only for the ACSC defence to deal with it and Beale heading wide from another corner.
The only goal came from a corner, that could maybe have been avoided, when Harris evaded his marker to nod home from six yards. ACSC pressed for an equaliser but the game was bogged down in midfield and the referee blew for half-time with the score at 1-0.
Much of the play was once again restricted to midfield in the second half but the ACSC looked the more dangerous going forward as they looked to get on level pegging. There were a couple of dodgy offside decisions from the referee with R. Gillespie through on goal. However, the striker was to come even closer when after a nice exchange with R. Swan the young striker rattled the crossbar only for the home defence to clear the rebound.
With Longmuir pushing forward trying to ‘make something happen’ and the ACSC pushing for the equaliser, Riverside created a couple of half chances which Cargill in goal was equal to and Gersok cleared one of the line. The final whistle sounded soon after with the Riverside progressing to the final.
The ACSC players should take positives from the depth in their squad, with a number of personnel unavailable the ACSC pushed Riverside, who will undoubtedly be challenging for honours this year, all the way to the final whistle.
ACSC, AHSFP and Arbroath Harp will come together to raise funds for their respective clubs on Saturday, October 19, at the Community Centre where they hold a Sportsman’s dinner.
Guest speakers are former Celtic and Motherwell defender Tosh McKinley, Bill Copeland, a former lawyer (Bill’s wit has also hit the airwaves as a guest on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘The Fred McAulay Show’). The MC for the night will be Keith Haggart from Dundee United.
All players are asked to make an effort to attend this fantastic event in aid of three of the four Arbroath Amateur teams.
Anyone interested in getting tickets for the event (priced £30) should contact Billy Gunning on 07966567330 for further details.