SUNDAY 8 MARCH 2020
Redpath 2010 Reds vs Currie Lions.....Narrow Defeat for Reds....(Photo Above)
And we are off with the 2020 season for Redpath 10 Reds. It was a crisp morning as Redpath welcomed a big, physical Currie Lions side to Pilrig Park.
Redpath had 3 new players making their competitive debuts - Kieran, Vincent & Paval - and all started.
The early exchanges were very even with both sides fighting for a foothold in the game. Redpath quickly got their passing going and started to create opportunities but just lacked that final ball on a number of occasions.
The game ebbed and flowed with very little between the sides in the first 15 minutes. Charlie, making his debut as GK this season, made two good saves in quick succession as Currie started to exert a little pressure. After a few corners they eventually opened the scoring with a fierce drive from the edge of the box that just squeaked in at the near post despite Charlie’s best efforts.
Not to be deterred Redpath equalised almost immediately after a lovely passing move resulted in Ahmed being put through before coolly slotting home to rapturous cheers from the home support.
The second half was another tight affair, though Redpath definitely had more possession and continued to control large phases of the game. Currie defended very well to limit chances and were happy to play on the break.
It was from one such break that Currie took the lead again midway through the second half, breaking clear to fire past Charlie.
With the lads visibly tiring we pushed hard for an equaliser, and though chances came we just lacked that final touch to get the equaliser our performance deserved.
All in all it was a hugely impressive performance, played in the right spirit. I thought all the players really applied themselves today and though the result wasn’t what we hoped for, the performance certainly was. More of the same this season and this squad will win more than they lose.....It’s good to be back! Courtesy Coach Paul
Really enjoyed the Reds game this morning and it was nice just to get the boys back out on the pitch. Our work rate and effort could not be faulted and in truth it’s probably a game we should have won. We just looked a little rusty with some of our passes and goal attempts but all in all a good promising start and the new boys settled in brilliantly
MATCH REPORT 2009s - Peebles Thistle v Redpath Albion/Pilmeny Sports Academy
Well, the 2009s took a trip up to a windy Penicuik for a 8:30 meet this morning ?. There was confusion on the 3G which delayed the start of the game. The council had double booked 2 of the 3 pitches. So 4 teams had to relocate to the grass at the last minute. We got to stay on the Astro!
Two late call-offs Meant we only had 6 players, 2 of the original squad and 4 of our new players. Our opposition lent us one of their players to make our numbers up.
The boys were really keen and we had a good warmup and they were raring to go.
Shahban kindly offered to take the first have and goal. We had Zach and Luke in defence and Angus on the left mid, Ally centre and Clayton right mid.
We were unlucky to concede a goal after 10 mins. We were zipping the ball about well and Peebles got lucky. Shahban was great in goal. We equalised and looked great the rest of the 1st half. The boys felt great at half time.
Luke kindly offered to go in goal for the 2nd half, he had also done a great job. However we suffered a mad 5 min spell where our opposition scored 3 goals back to back. The boys were a little taken-a-back by this but we kept on moving forward, some great tackling from Zach and Ally and some nice wing runs from Clayton and Angus. We scored another 2 goals but ultimately lost...
The boys were admittedly a little tired at the end of the game. I couldn’t fault any one of them individually though. They all tried very hard and worked well with each other. I think we suffered from not having our own 7 players and from being able to give a little rest when needed.
I think we’re going to have a strong team here!
Match Report - 08s: Currie Star v Redpath Albion
Something of a baptism of fire for the 08s this morning, as they play their 1st game at Maradona level starting the season with a 5-0 defeat away to Currie Star. Our lads haven't had a match since November and it really showed, with a lack of the fitness and all round sharpness that comes from regular competitive football. We were clearly up against a team that, in addition to its undoubted strength and talent, was starting a long way ahead of us in their season.
Today's Redpath man of the match is an easy choice. Goalkeeper Hamish was outstanding, with a string of unbelievable saves that drew applause from the entire touchline of parents, Redpath and Currie alike. Fingertip deflections onto the bar, cat-like adjustments to scoop the ball off the line and standing strong when one-to-one with an attacker, we were treated to a full repertoire of shot-stopping excellence.
Also, and on a day when passing, goal scoring opportunities and attacking play were at something of a premium for us, it was at least good to see some strength and resilience in defence in the form of Finn, Elvis and the ever tenacious Troy. Superb work rate and commitment right across the back line.
There's no denying that we have a considerable amount of work to do if we're going to get anywhere near any of the teams in this league. I do, however, have every confidence that we will rise to the challenges placed before us, just as we have in every previous season.
Match Report - 2010 (Whites) v Hutchison Vale
First game today against Hutchie Vale 2011 Pele. They only had six players so gave them one of ours, Ollie was the only one who volunteered so they took him in defence. It probably worked well for us as it meant a very even and competitive game. It allowed all players the experience in a step up in opposition skill and pace.
An end to end match was controlled by the defence s, we definitely had the best of the first half, with Ollie playing excellently blocking runs from a livley Saif, Dan, Sam and Noah going forward and setting them up going forward. HV did have chances however Adam was excellent in goal rushing, handling and shot stopping. However Finlay and Theo were in control for most of the time. 0-0 half time.
Second half saw Dan and Ollie swap, this was not a results focused game and Dan volunteered. Given how tight it was Dave and I knew it would keep the game balanced.
The game continued in the same fashion as the first, this time Dan's composure at the back really helping HV, until with 15 to go we got the break through thanks to Noah. A second came from a lovely reverse strike for Saif in off the post.
They came back at us and we began to get slack across all areas, passes going astray and players not thinking about positions. We had made quite a few changes to get players experience in certain positions. Two pretty scrappy goals from our point of view although well taken from theirs.
The boys rallied and finished the last 5 minutes strongly again.
Overall a great game. What we were missing last season was the challenge, which we got, by the way we set it up.
Most pleasing was that the boys have not forgotten how to play football, with some lovely passing moves.
Well done, it was great to be back.