POSTED: February 08 2020 16:30:44. By Phil Hesketh
- Back to Winning Ways
Typhoon 3-0 Barrhill Clubs (played at Barrhill)
We played our home game away at Barrhill due to our pitch being double booked, which is a ridiculous situation, so many thanks to them for putting us up.
We’d scraped a last minute equaliser through Milonga last time we’d met but we expected more today. Pete and I both believe Typhoon are a mid-table team not one that should be fighting relegation. 3 points today would make a huge difference, we had an improved performance last time out, now we needed a result.
The boys came out and did compete from the off, though too much of the time the ball was a hot potato, hoofed forward with little thought or precision. At the back we were reasonably comfortable but made life hard on ourselves by leaving ourselves man on man and with attackers left goal side.
One improvement over recent weeks, well years actually, was the subs actually paid attention to the game, saw what we saw, and knew what to do to improve things when they got on. Ryan O especially.
We looked the better team and made a few chances. Ronan broke their offside trap, shrugged off the defenders and slotted past the keeper to put us ahead at the break. He nearly repeated it later. He made himself a real handful this half, watching one of theirs bounce off him after a shoulder charge was hilarious.
After the break we took control and I only have a couple of complaints: we should have scored more and when the game was won we lost our discipline at the back a few times as players were keen to get forward.
The midfield started getting the ball down and passing better, which made more opportunities for our strikers. The second goal came from magnificent work from Milonga at a corner. He refused to give up on the ball, battled through a few challenges and then smashed it into the net. He does like scoring against this lot! Their heads went down a little and we really could have scored more. We’d moved Igor up front and his pace caused them all sorts of problems. He latched onto a great Freddie through ball and slipped it past the keeper with his left.
We did have one big scare at the death but Peter made a comfortable save from a free kick just outside the box to keep a clean sheet.
Igor was man of the match, his pace is a constant menace to the opposition and if he can improve his finishing then he can challenge for the team top scorer after only joining us 1/2 way through the season.
Anyway, this was a better performance and the required result, which means we can start looking up instead of over our shoulders and look forward to the coming supplementary cup games.