GPR made the trip to Rosyth feeling buoyant after last weeks good win against Pittenweem. With the home team rooted to the bottom of the league Greig Park were confident of a win.
The line up was Barclay in goals, a back four of Lawson, P McBride, Barrett and Lamont.The midfield four was S McBride, Geissler, Craigie and Sneddon. In attack it was Hart and Armour.
Greig Park flew out of the traps and Ryan Armour nearly scored with his first touch of the ball but the home keeper pulled of a save. With only three mins gone GPR took the lead, the ref gave a free kick on the edge of the box when most people thought the offence was inside the area. From the free kick Craigie’s cross was met by Lamont who’s deft flick beat the home keeper. 1-0 GPR. Rosyth came into the game a bit more but couldn’t trouble Barclay in the Greig Park goal. Midway through the half the visitors doubled their lead. Another free kick from a similar position, again Craigie took the chance, this time his shot went straight into the net. 2-0 As half time approached it was Rosyth that changed the game with a bit of help from the Greig Park defence, a missed tackle allowed the winger to race clear and score from close range. Half Time 2-1
The second half saw the home team take the game to their opponents as GPR became more and frustrated by some of the decisions by a somewhat inept referee. Nevertheless it was 3-1 on the hour mark, Liam Hart did the donkey work and his pass across goal was put in by Lamont. In less than three mins it was 3-2. Somehow, after the ball was cleared the referee gave a penalty. After the GPR protests and the giggling of the Rosyth boys had subsided (they couldn’t believe the award either) Rosyth no. 5 scored from the spot. The home team now had their tails up and it came as no surprise when they got an equaliser. Again the pace of the front man was the undoing of the defence, his run and shot beat Barclay at his near post. Greig Park’s discipline went out the window in the latter stages. Firstly Lamont received a straight red for mis timed tackle then Craigie took one for the team when he denied his opponent a goal scoring opportunity, red card also. Full Time 3-3
A tired display from Windygates this week, improvement is essential as next week we play old adversaries Lumphinnans Utd. in a league game at home.
Greig Park expected a tougher task this week against a Rosyth team, who although propping up the league could not be underestimated.
With this in mind Greig Park flew out of the traps from the start, pinning the visitors back. Credit to them though as they got men behind the ball and managed to withstand the early storm. Greig Park dominated but Rosyth had the occasional attack that was coped with by the GPR defence, keeper Barclay somehow managed to upset the ref and got a yellow for his troubles.
The opening goal came on the 22nd minute, Fraser in midfield found Gary Ramsay, his run and shot gave the keeper no chance, great finish, 1-0 Greig Park.
On the half hour mark it was 2. Again it was Ramsay involved, his cross from the right found Thomson at the near post, he neatly controlled the ball and tapped home from close range. HT 2-0
With the second half a minute old the home side made it 3-0, what a day for Ramsay, his driven cross from the right was met by Rhys Sneddon who hammered home to score his 1st Greig Park goal. The referee was handing out cards willy nilly. McBride, Lawson, Fraser and Hart to name a few saw yellow and Craig Lamont got a red after his second yellow. Rosyth no.10 was also sent for an early bath. If was not for the visitors keeper, GPR could have doubled that scoreline with ease but as they say thats his job. Another good league win as Greig Park attempt to climb up the league.
Scottish Cup duty saw Greig Park make the trip to West Lothian to take on Blackridge. As is normal for the early rounds of the Scottish the luck of the draw means a lot. Blackridge play in the third tier of the Edinburgh and Lothians League and GPR were quietly confident of a result after the previous week’s display against AM Soccer.
Greig Park went ahead in the second minute when Hart was brought down in the box. Fraser stepped up and did his usual job from the spot. Goal no. 2 arrived soon after, this time it was young Ian Barrett who scored. Blackridge had the chance to get back into the game when they were awarded a dubious penalty. Justice was done when their striker skied the spot kick high and wide. It was plain sailing for the visitors after that as Hart and Bowers scored before the Blackridge no. 5 was shown a red card for taking a lump out of Steven Frasers leg. His teammates give him dogs abuse.HT Blackridge 0 GPR 4
The second half was easy for the Windygates boys as they passed the ball around their opponents with aplomb. Another penalty, this time it was Hart that scored. Fraser had to be substituted after the Blackridge thug had assaulted him. GPR used the bench, Graham, Westwood and M Ramsay all came on for a piece of the action. Gary Ramsay made it six before Mark Ramsay opened his account and John Westwwod finished off the spree with no. 8 just before the final whistle.
A good atmosphere on the bus trip home after an easy win. The third round draw rewards GPR with a home tie against Blantyre RGM on Saturday 4th December.