Thorn Athletic v Gartcosh United
SIX-SHOOTERS Thorn Athletic kicked off the competitive campaign in style as they sent Glasgow outfit Gartcosh packing.
The Johnstone side top their League Cup section after their opening day win that came in more style than was predicted.
With no fewer than eight members of the squad missing through suspension and holidays there was pressure on the remainder of the team to come up with the goods. And that they did.
And there was no shortage of good play on show as well as some slick finishing from the home side.
The opener came when Darren Lamont played a good through ball to Craig McMahon and he finished well as he went one on one with the goalkeeper.
It seemed to shake the visitors and as Thorn pressed high up the park a short back pass to the keeper saw Ryan Crawford nip in to round the keeper for the second.
The third goal bizarrely came direct from a corner kick as Liam Allen swung it in only to see the ball evade everyone and end up in the back of the net.
By this point Thorn were well on top and determined to turn the screw on a team they will also meet during the league campaign.
A great team move led to a delightful one two between Tom Smith and McMahon, with Smith applying the finish into the bottom corner to make it 4-0 at the interval.
The Glasgow side’s manager was close to meltdown at the interval as he tried to force a response from his men.
The second half started in scrappy fashion as Gartcosh began to become heavy handed in their attempts to thwart their dominant hosts.
And they eventually sneaked a consolation after some poor play in midfield allowed them to breach the home rearguard.
But Thorn hit back immediately after Crawford grabbed his second following a good ball in from wide.
And soon Thorn added the icing on the cake when the ball broke in the box to Allen and he dispatched a fine finish with his weaker foot past a despondent keeper.
Manager James Donnelly said: “It was just the way we wanted to open the season with a win as it’s been a long pre-season campaign for the boys.
“The squad has undergone a fair amount of surgery again during the summer but we are in relatively good shape considering the suspensions and holidays we have had to contend with.
“It will be well into September before things settle down but I’ve been impressed by the squad.”
|August 13, 2016||2:00 pm||Douglas Smith League Cup||2016/17|