Friday 31 January....2010 Reds A return to football again for Redpath under the floodlights at Peffermill on Friday night saw both teams play out a very entertaining match in really challenging conditions.
Redpath 2010 Reds now with four new additions to the squad and with Charlie deputising admirably as GK, started brightly zipping the ball about well and looking comfortable in possession. Our hosts looked equally as impressive in possession and in the early exchanges looked to have a little bit more of a cutting edge.
We took the opportunity to experiment with the line up and started with Dan and Oliver at the back. It worked well for the most part with their tackling, pressing & distribution very good.
The hosts were playing with a strong wind at their backs and they were using it to their advantage to rain shots in from distance. As the started to put on some pressure they scored 3 goals in quick succession. To their credit the boys continued to battle well and some of their one and two touch passing was very impressive at times. We lacked a little cutting edge on occasion and also a little luck hitting the woodwork twice.
At HT we reiterated our belief that they were playing well and to keep trying and the goals would come, and they did in the second half. Ahmed with his normal composed finishing to get off the mark for the new season and Freddie & Kieran on their competitive debuts scored, the latter a particularly sweet finish from distance.
As the game progressed we saw further debuts from Paval and Vincent who impressed also and seemed to settle into the team seamlessly. Beau went close with a couple of raspers late on and Kian was busy down the wing but as the team tired our hosts took advantage and managed to score 4 late goals to make the final score 7-3.
The score line was not reflective of the performance however and I have to say for their first match together there were lots of positives to take. It was a very encouraging start for the new 2010 Reds and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can develop in to as they start to get to know each other better.