2nd VIII v Riley House 

On Wednesday afternoon we made the long journey north to the wilds of Perthshire for our annual match with Strathallan's Riley House.

We had a good team based upon a solid defence of George in goal behind Callum, Alex and Caelan with John, Archie and Ed in the midfield and super veteran striker Jake up front. It was very cold and so it was decided to kick off after a very short warm-up. As a result, we were a little slow to get going and made some poor decisions in front of our own goal.

"Hoof it clear" should aye be the mantra at this level.

Two goals were conceded in the scrappy opening exchanges as Riley used their big defenders to pump speculative long passes up the pitch. More often than not, these led to goal kicks rather than chances but they kept the defenders busy and pinned the St. Mary's side in their own half forcing George to make some excellent saves.

However, little by little, the defence of Caelan, Callum and Alex asserted themselves on the lone Strath striker and created some space and time for the midfield of John, Archie and Ed to exploit. They fed Jake with some lovely chances aqnd the super striker left the home defence rattled but was just unable to find the net.

However, Caelan, on one of his forays out of defence, found himself in the right place at the right time to bundle the ball over the line and put St. Mary's right back into contention. Riley were rocking and they emptied their bench to steady the ship. Their subs had a marked impact on the game and were able to score two good goals on the counter as St. Mary's pressed forward.

We had plenty of chances but were just a bit too reluctant to pull the trigger in front of goal as the match ended 4-1 in the home side's favour.

Our thanks go to Riley House and Strathallan School for a super match played in excellent spirits and a lovely match tea afterwards.

MOTM: John T - really ran the show in the midfield and was the best player on the pitch.

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