United 0-5 Saltire Thistle
Springburn Park was the scene for the latest episode of the United Men’s Development Team’s quest for their first GCCL points of the season. With a third of the campaign left to play, none are more desperate for the team to break their duck than Sandeep who has sworn not to shave until they put points on the board, or until he scores a goal!
Saltire Thistle have been on a good run of form lately but United’s performance, especially in the first half, merited a lot more than what they left with. Were it not for the clinical finishing of Saltire’s talented striker (who scored four of their five goals) they may well have done.
Filimon was involved in most things that were good for United. After a well worked move finished with him shooting into the side netting from a tight angle after 20mins, the young Eritrean then hit the post and had another shot scrambled off the line as United sidelines scratched their heads wondering what kind of voodoo magic Saltire had cast upon their goal, such was the charmed life it was leading.
Five or six more United shots hit the target, albeit without really troubling the keeper, as United dominated large swathes of the first period. They should have had a chance to score from the spot when Joe was felled in the box after 35mins. Despite such obvious contact it was audible from a distance, the referee somehow came to the conclusion he had dived and showed him the yellow card much to the dismay of everybody present except the opposition!
Multiple substitutions and fatigue contributed to United's disrupted rhythm in the second period. Saltire’s lead was extended when they were awarded a penalty, every bit as blatant as the foul on Joe earlier, and their clinical striker made no mistake from 12 yards. Andrew and Anwar went close in the later stages but it was hard lines once again for United.
There were many great individual performances but special mention must be made for Hawraz who was voted Player of the Match by his team mates on his United debut. Fellow debutant, Amir, also performed admirably and both look like promising additions to the team.
UNITED: Steph, Sam, Sandeep, Andrew, Amir, Mubarak, Anwar, Hawraz, Samill, Joe, Filimon
SUBS: Alan, Alrasheed, Chris B, Euan, Ishag, Moustafa