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    Allan Maitland after Petershill game 

    Saturday, July 18, 2009 7:39:46 PM

    Delighted to win today’s game 4-1 but I have to say it is a scoreline which flatters us, we started the game really well pressed them high up the park and Adam Coakley scored a good goal and him and Carrots have started well, but in that spell the thing which helped was that John Grant and Jamie Hay were winning the centre of the park, but for some strange reason we missed a great chance to increase our lead through John Grant with a header and then we took our foot right off the gas and we started allowing them into the game, and I feel when we aren’t pressing the game we are not the same team. They got themselves a great cross deep into our box which struck Scott Walker’s arm and the referee awarded a penalty kick, but no qualms about that. Petershill then finished the first half and started the second half as the stronger side. Our Trialist keeper Steven Hall did very well, saving twice before we could again find our shape. When young Hugh Kerr came on I thought that changed the game, Hugh being excellent when he came on and scoring the important goal to put us 2-1 ahead. After that the game became so much easier and Hugh Kerr was on hand to score his second goal of the day before Brain Carrigan sealed the victory with the 4th goal after great work by Gary Carroll who ran the length of the park and supplied the telling pass. It was another decent pre season game but I feel there will be some physical games this season and certainly this game was no friendly in terms of commitment and challenges. Looking forward to tomorrow’s game against East Kilbride Thistle who defeated Ayr United’s Under 19 side 3-0, we will however be playing a much younger side as I look to give as many players a game before the start of the season. On Tuesday night however I will again send the first team squad to Barrhead to face Arthurlie in the last of our pre season games before facing Ross County in First Round of Alba Cup at Dingwall. We still have a good bit to do yet and today’s performance was no where good enough but four goals helps and we move on to our next game for the first team on Tuesday night against Arthurlie.

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