Ian McKay cup
By Del Tennant
Back to wining ways
Loanhead Miners YFC 0 - 11 Eyemouth United FC
It was Remembrance Day at Loanhead Miners YFC ground, aptly named Memorial Park. Before proceedings both teams respectfully observed two minutes silence and stood proudly to remember those that had fallen, listening to a rendition of Highland Cathedral by the local brass band. Something that certainly stirred the team into action.
A 4-5-1 formation was utilised today on what was a long, but narrow pitch. The message to use width in possession and make EVERY chance count. After the past couple of weeks and recent Cup games, we weren’t leavning things to chance, and Eyemouth were out to command the game early on.
It was only 2 minutes into the game when Ovcinnikovs played in Sanderson to open the account and he was sure in hitting the net. Pringle had her own ideas as well as a few minutes later Pagan chipped a pass into her path to goal and near side was where the ball was placed. A fantastic start.
The game played out and Eyemouth were composed on the ball and the aniticipation was there to see, movement off the ball was clear and the visitors were looking to punish from angles all across the midfield line. A highline played by the defence ensured that the game was played mostly in Loanhead’s half.
3 subs were made in the first half, changing up the forward position and provide rest to the hard working midfield. Striker Moodie entered the fray, as well as White and Anderson.
25 minutes on the clock and Pringle played a square pass outside the box to allow Moodie to strike to the right side of goal, almost perfectly passed the keeper who had pinched goal opportunities from the likes of Tennant & Pagan’s long range shots and Honeyman’ deft touch just outside the 6 yard box that the Loanhead Keeper tipped over.
Honeyman didn’t have to wait long, the full back attacked the box, with no pressure on him and caught a cross, form Ovcinnikovs, on the volley to make it 4 goals to nil before half time.
Half time arrived and Eyemouth were told to remember the past few games where we held the lead and couldn’t capitalise any more in the second half. This was not an option in this cup tie and after the experience we have had.
The half started with Valters taking up position with captain Walker and Wheelhouse relieving Mace at right back. Sanderson returned to Centre Forward position from Moodie. The half started lively and Loanhead made it difficult to move. However, in just 5 minutes a well played ball from the left, White, seen Sanderson right for a goal.
The pressure mounted on Loanhead with the midfield keeping possession well, utilising defenders and full backs in the build-up. A free kick was awarded 25 yards from goal and Anderson stepped up to claim after drawing the foul.
With no hesitation or quandary the strike was fired at goal, with a questionable deflection the ball bulged the home net.
Tennant returned to the field of play for Ovcinnikovs and brought back the width of the midfield and Wheelhouse was working well in partnership. It was Pagan who was there again to serve and Sanderson ran the pass down well and round the keeper to then slot home for his hattrick.
Eyemouth were on course, and kept the free flowing football going, Pagan who’d served up a storm in the central midfield was happy to get the opportunity to make one for himself. The effort was plain to see and the resulting goal was well deserved.
Wheelhouse was keen to keep the pressure on and bombed into the box only to be felled. A penalty was awarded and the WHOLE team called on Fairbairn the only player not tested so far, to take the penalty. A strike any forward player would be proud of passed the opposite no.1.
The day wasn’t finished although Loanhead’s chance of winning the game was long gone, they kept working to make it difficult. Sanderson and Moodie paired up to allow Moodie the chance to get on the scoresheet, proving that even if you don’t start a game, you have time to make the difference.
Loanhead aimed to get one shot off; there no.20, Evans, stormed towards the 18 yard line and clear, but Valters had other ideas and ramped up into a Flash like speed to clear both ball and player, snuffing out Loanhead’s chance.
The last and final goal of this 11-0 fixture was from a cracking cross/ corner. Tennant fired it in the perfect spot for Mace to rise and head well and true into the net. A fitting last goal for the team.
All in all, Eyemouth were back to the confidence that seen them collect so many wins in August. EVERY player was on form today, the defence, the midfield and the forwards.