AHSFPs 0, ACSC 1
Premier League new boys ACSC took on AHSFPs in the second local derby of the season on Saturday.
The first had ended in a comfortable 2-1 victory for the ACSC in the Marquee Trophy.
Manager Gunning had returned from his holiday and was looking more tanned than usual but left the team selection to interim managers Longmuir and Taylor who opted to go with a 4-4-2 formation, the only changes to the squad being Grovez and McCulloch coming in for Mattheson and D.Gillespie at full backs and the ever adaptable Mattheson replacing Powrie at left midfield. The rest of the team remained the same.
The ACSC left the dressing room with the rousing words of Longmuir, who must have been watching ‘Braveheart’ prior to the game, ringing in their ears.
The game started fairly evenly as you would expect in a derby with both teams contesting every loose ball and tackle. However it wasn’t long before the ACSC started to take charge of the game, winning every loose ball and playing the better, more inventive football.
The ACSC began to set up camp in the AHSFPs’ half and were pushing forward with intent creating chance after chance. Gatrick came close with a header after some nice work on the left from Mattheson. Minutes later Gatrick met a Longmuir cross again from the left and with the goal gaping the lively winger saw his effort fly agonisingly over the bar.
At this point it looked a matter of time before the ACSC would open the scoring Ross and R.Gillespie both coming close, their shots fizzing past the post of the FPs’ ‘keeper. The FPs were struggling to create anything of note, but minutes before half-time they were handed a chance when McCulloch fouled Gray in the penalty area.
The home captain stepped up and saw his penalty saved by the returning Cargill who plucked the ball out of the air. The referee’s whistle sounded soon after with the ACSC wondering how they weren’t two or three goals too the good.
Half-time: AHSFP 0, ACSC 0.
The second half started in much the same vein as the first with the ACSC playing all the football and the FPs struggling to come to terms with the passing and movement of a hungry ACSC team.
And it wasn’t long before the ACSC made their dominance count when a fine passing move from McDowell, Grovez and R. Gillespie was rounded off with R. Gillespie curling a left-foot shot into the top bin from 25 yards to take a well deserved lead.
ACSC continued to push for a second goal but although they continued to play the better football they could not find that killer second goal. This made for a nervy last 20 minutes as the FPs decided to go for broke. ACSC were giving away a few unnecessary free kicks in dangerous areas and this gave the FPs the opportunity to put the ball in the box and they had a couple of efforts which Cargill in the goal was equal to.
The referee blew his whistle soon after to signal the end of the game with the ACSC celebrating another deserved three points and another clean sheet in the league.
This was another important three points in the league campaign which saw the ACSC go back to joint top in the league at this early stage with St James and Broughty United. The most impressive thing about the performance was the way in which the players went about their business.
Right from the first whistle the players applied themselves in the right manner and dominated the first half playing some scintillating football at times. One thing though the players must learn to stand up in some areas as they almost contributed to their own downfall by giving away cheap free kicks and on another day that could be costly.
Nevertheless the club has bounced back from the disappointment of the St James result and must continue to build on this in the forthcoming weeks in both league and cup where they will face some tough fixtures.