Saturday 5 October 2019 – Dennistoun Thistle 4 – 1 Woodhill – Whitehill High School Pitch – KO 10am
Today was our first league game! Now that the cup group stages are out of the way the SECL gets down to the small matter of the league! This season there are 11 teams in SECL Div 2, with each team playing each other twice with the prize for the team that finishes top being promotion to SECL Div 1.
The opposition for our opening game was Woodhill, an established side in the league and they were also looking to start their league campaign positively. We had some experience of Woodhill as they were in our group for the Athol Cup and we were hoping for a similar winning performance today.
However at 24 minutes we conceded the first goal of the game and Woodhill took the lead. It wasn’t long before Dennistoun got back level though with Gaitens scoring an equaliser on 27 mins.
Another goal just 7 mins later from Sean Tidser gave Dennistoun the lead and that’s how the match stayed until half time. The game was certainly more evenly matched than the sides previous meeting and the team talk at half time focused on the fact that we needed to keep the pressure on and try and increase the scoreline to secure our first 3 points.
The instructions were followed in the second half with the team pressing forward and looking to increase the scoreline. The goal took a while to come though and it wasn’t until 72 minutes that Lucas was able to score our third. The team didn’t stop there and Josh was able to add another goal to the scoreline at 80 mins. The last 10 mins saw a number of other chances but the team couldn’t find the back of the net and the game finished 4-1.
Delighted to have taken all 3 points from our first league game and a pretty good performance too. We’ll now look to build on this at training and get ready for our next league game against Chalmers next week.
Full time score: Dennistoun Thistle 4 – 1 Woodhill
Man of the Match Awards sponsored by Martins Garage
MOTM Opposition Choice – James Gaitens – sponsored by CM0102SL
MOTM Manager Choice – Jordan Penny – sponsored by Cabin Cafe