JAGS GUNNED DOWN BY SHARP SHOTTS.
SHOTTS YMCA FC 2 (1) v (0) 0 Bathgate Thistle CFC
WLAYFC County Cup 2nd Rd 10/11/2013 Calderhead High School, Shotts.
4G pitch weather benign and sunny.
On a glorious autumn morning a strong Shotts team proved too good for a lacklustre Jags side who were outmuscled and out thought by the better team and paid dearly for the lack of a cutting edge.
The Jags have now exited the three majors in quick succession and must now concentrate on their league ambitions to maintain any momentum for the remainder of the season.
The Jags started off in a containment formation content to strike on the break with the tireless but inventive Dwyer leading the line on his own. Shotts took this opportunity to pressurise a decidedly shaky looking Jags defence as the Jags repeatedly surrendered possession and ground to an ever confident Shotts attack. The break through eventually came from a simple cross and knock down which was converted from close range. Despite a couple of breakaways, Shotts continued to press for the second and decisive goal but were thwarted by the Jags keeper and a fortunately disallowed goal.
A change of formation and personnel by Coach Kelly gave the away support some hope with a couple of half chances. But Shotts always looked the more likely as they continued to carve out numerous chances and were only denied by the Jags keeper and their own profligacy. However, eventually the Jags luck ran out as yet another defensive mix-up proved fatal for the killer second goal.
As Shotts relaxed the Jags did create a couple of chances and their defence when pressured did look vulnerable but the Jags failed to take any advantage and as the match drew to a close there was a flurry of bookings and a merited straight red for the dismal Jags.
Finally I would like to wish the players, staff and support best wishes for the rest of the season but in all honesty that would be extremely hypocritical.
Yours in Sport
M.o.M.- Despite a great effort by Dwyer, McMahon’s triple save edges it.