With the season's home pitch based at Glasgow Green, United Glasgow Men's Saturday team is seemingly one of the most eastern of all competing teams in this year's West of Scotland Amateur League.
Cue the 9am departure from Glasgow as 4 cars and 16 players set off on a 300 mile round trip towards the Kintyre peninsula. It was a gorgeous journey to Campbeltown showcasing on the way the very best of Scotland's glacier-carved landscape and plethora of fishing port towns.
On the pitch, United's Saturday team got off to a slow start against opponents Carradale, who capitalised early on with some uncharacteristic lapses in defence. High, direct balls played over the top helped the home side pull two goals in front inside the first 30 minutes. United Goalkeeper Fraser was lucky to escape a red card as he screamed out of goal to greet the through-on-goal striker, saving the ball outside the box but the referee allowed the attacker advantage to tuck home the rebound.
2-0 down and it was time for United to throw three sheets to the wind. With full back Georgie clearing a far post Carradale cross, early first half (impact) substitute Sabeel was unleashed down the left, playing an incisive ball through to Harry who poked the ball past the goalkeeper. Moments later and just a few minutes from half time another crossed ball was once again cleared by United's defence to the left, leaving Georgie to show his agri-cultured style of football, winning the 50-50 before dispatching Harry free down the left hand side, only to be taken out by the defence. Penalty! Up steps Gerry Quinn... pace, power, almost straight down the middle... GOAL... and it was all square.
Going into the second half United knew they had to improve the cut of their jib and batten down the hatches in defence (there are so many seafaring phrases to play with here). Both United full backs showed their attacking spirit whilst United's midfield began to carve out chances for the team. Some close chances came United's way, no more so than Chris Malone, who will have felt seasick about Carradale's keeper saving at point blank range from his first time shot in the box.
However, it was from United's attacking first-mate Harry who created the most chances and, with only ten minutes remaining, played Hndrin clean through into the box. He, rather unselfishly (or did he perhaps just take too many touches?) squared the ball across goal to Josh to finish tightly off the post (and possibly the keeper's head as well).
Carradale attempted to get themselves back in the game and were unlucky at times having, most notably, hit the crossbar. However, United remained steadfast and will be delighted to pick up their first three points of the season.
UNITED: Fraser, Gerry, Kwaby, Bobby, Georgie, Josh, Abdul, Chayna, Chris, Hndrin, Harry
Subs: Kosar, Sabeel, Kamal
Goals: Harry, Gerry (pen), Josh
Assists: Sabeel, Hndrin
Special thanks goes out to our local Co-Op for supplying the team with drinks and snacks; as well as super thanks to our Captain Kwaby and partner Megan for waking up extra early to make us all packed-lunches! TUPO PAMOJA!