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Aithisg Ball Coise ¦ Football Report: Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu v The High School of Glasgow


SGG took on the financial muscle of the private schools in a double header against St Aloysius followed by The Glasgow High School. The first game ended in a 4-1 defeat with Lewis MacLeod getting the goal in a sub standard performance. Roll on 24 hours and SGG put played with skill, heart, desire and some superb individual performances in a 2-1 defeat. SGG were by far the better team, dominating the game in large spells but could not get a break in front of goal. The High School started the better team, linking up ever so well and moving the ball around the pitch. SGG worked very hard to weather the storm and play themselves back into the game. Captain Daniel Moran led by example, exerting his calm on the team whilst stopping attacks in their tracks and retaining possession. Devyn Heap was his usual uncompromising self, ably supported by the full backs, Callum Douglas and Logan Morrison. Cameron Simpson in goals, dealt with any corners and did everything asked of him. Benjamin Campbell was creating space for himself in midfield and the High School had no answer at times for his turns and sleight of foot, leaving defenders in his wake.

Suddenly, Josh Soutar had a rare bit of space in the box and his shot was turned round the post by the keeper at full stretch. Andrew Carey up front worked tirelessly and had a header cleared off the line. Josh Hart was played in and his attempted chip was the right option but failed to get enough lift on his shot. The 2nd half started well for the High School, with a shot from their right midfielder thundering in off the underside of the crossbar. The HS had a decent spell and Cameron Simpson pulled off a few good saves. However, from there on in, SGG dominated the rest of the half. A lovely drag back from Benji resulted in a shot from 20 yards flashing wide. Andrew Carey lobbed the keeper but the ball agonisingly bounced off the post. Logan Morrison (who played superbly) started a 4 man move involving Calum Stewart and Josh which led to Benji having another pop at goal but again it went wide. Lewis MacLeod was coming more into the game and tried to play Josh Souter in but he was well marshalled by the HS defenders. SGG had plenty of corners which almost resulted in goals from the head of Callum Douglas but he failed to find the target. Mr Smith was wondering if the goal would ever come but when it did it was worth waiting for. Benji strolled forward and with everyone expecting a pass out wide to Calum Stewart, Benji played a superb disguised pass to Lewis MacLeod who made a great run into the heart of the defence. Christopher Glasgow and Lachlann Brady came on with 15 minutes to go. Suddenly, we had a clear cut chance and Lewis had the composure to seize it, rolling the ball under the onrushing keeper! A goal richly deserved by the team. With 5 minutes to go, I'm sure both teams would have settled for a draw but HS snatched the win when they were awarded a penalty for a tackle in the box. SGG protested but it was the correct decision, the defender made contact with the player first and then the ball. I've seen them not given but that's football. Cameron almost saved the well struck penalty but not to be. SGG pushed for the equaliser but there was not enough time. Mr Smith was thoroughly impressed with the performance, everyone worked their socks off and played some good football in long spells. Some composure was lacking at times and decision making is something that comes with experience. We are all looking forward to the forthcoming Cup games and some more friendlies. Bring them on!

Team was: Cameron Simpson, Callum Douglas, Devyn Heap, Daniel Moran, Logan Morrison, Josh Hart, Benjamin Campbell, Lewis MacLeod, Josh Soutar, Andrew Carey.

Subs; Lachlann Brady, Christopher Glasgow.