These two teams met recently for their first meeting since the dispute over a suspended player was found in favour of the home team. Ground conditions were heavy and the weather cold at kick off time.
Right from the kick off the visitors stormed forward and went in front with less than a minute on the clock. A cross from the right found a gap in the GPR defence and Ylum no. 11 slotted home. Stung by this the home team regrouped and started the game from one down. They were level after ten minutes when a cross/shot out on the right from Konner Lindsay looped over the visitors goalie and landed in the back of the net 1-1. With twenty minutes played the home team defence was breached again, basic defending seemed to have been thrown out with the Christmas leftovers as Lumphinnans made it 2-1. Before half time Greig Park missed two big chances when, firstly McNeill then Muir shot over from close range. Half time 2-1
Greig Park started the 2nd half with a lot more determination and had Ylum pinned back as they pushed forward looking for an equaliser. It took a while but with 76 minutes on the clock Greig Park got the leveller and it was a carbon copy of the first goal again scored by Konner Lindsay, 2-2. Ylum had been picking up yellow cards for dissent every time they were under pressure. Greig Park sub Saunders turned the game on its head within a minute of his introduction. He picked up a loose ball beat the defender and hit a shot into the top corner from fully 30 yards out. 3-2 GPR. The indiscipline from the Ylum touchline boiled over at this point and the referee was forced to order two of the visitors staff away from the touchline. As the game drew to a close finish it was Ylum that came up with a leveller in stoppage time. Final Score 3-3.
To drop two points with the last kick of the ball was a body blow to GPR. This week’s fixture sees GPR face Falkland in the 1st Rd. of M&H Engineering League Cup
The last league game before the festive break saw GPR take on Scotia in their first game at Windygates for six weeks. The GPR line up saw Snaddon in goals, a back three of McBride, Bremner and Cairns. In midfield it was Lindsay, McNeil, Field, Lawson and Drummond. Upfront it was Muir and Thomson. Subs were Gilbert and Gordon.
On a heavy pitch due to recent rain it was the home team that hit the ground running and they took the lead within five minutes. A free kick in the right hand corner by Field was met by McBride whose header gave the visiting goalkeeper no chance. 1-0 Greig Park.
GPR had the ball in the net soon after but Lindsay’s effort was pulled up for offside. Balgonie, who showed a number of changes to their line up since the last time the two teams met settled down and used their possession to hit on the break. The no. 12 in particular used his pace to great effect. With 36 mins on the clock Scotia got an equaliser. Snaddon seemed to have the ball under control but it slipped from his grasp at the feet of the striker who scored with the gift. 1-1. On the stroke of half time Greig Park took the lead, Dylan Muir was brought down in the box and Adam Drummond scored with resultant penalty. 2-1 GPR.
On the hour mark Greig Park finished the game as a contest. The third goal scored by Martyn Thomson after the spade work by Dinky. 3-1. Two minutes later it was four, a mazy run by Aiden Gordon was finished off by Drummond who took his seasons tally to eight. Although the visitors tried to get back into the game, Snaddon, in the GPR goal coped with all they could throw at him. Indiscipline cost the visitors in the dying minutes when their left back received a straight red for a head butt on Lawson. Full Time GPR 4 Balgonie 1
At the third attempt, due to poor weather, GPR made the trip to Pitreavie to take on Rosebank in the Fife Cup rd. 2.
Greig Park went about their business from the kick off pushing the home team into defence from the outset. It was no surprise when they took the lead with five minutes on the clock. Some neat passing ended when Lindsay set up Muir who volleyed home. GPR kept up the pressure and they doubled their lead in the 10th min, again the build up involved a good passing move on the left flank, Muir provided the cross for manager Thomson to score. 2-0 Greig Park. It was three soon after, Muir was causing all sorts of problems with his pace and when his cross came into the box Drummond was on hand to score. 3-0. The busiest player on the park was the home goalkeeper but the youngsters in the Rosebank team stuck to their task and tried to hit on the break with the speedy centre forward to the fore. Drummond made it four in the 36th minutewith a tap in to put the result beyond doubt. On the stroke of half time Drummond combined with veteran striker Thomson who made it 5-0.
The second half continued with more Greig Park pressure but without an increase in the goals tally as Rosebank got more men behind the ball and defended better than in the first half. With ten mins left Rosebank managed a consolation goal when their winger outpaced the GPR defence and hit a great shot into the top left hand corner of the net.
A comfortable victory in the end for the visitors and their reward is another away game in round 3 against FAFA side Freuchie, sometime in the New Year.