Goals: Angus 2, Rob D, Jan, Simon
We started with only one reserve in this game with a few late pull outs and no shows. And the early signs didn’t look too good with Studz having an open goal mouth chance in the first few minutes which they scuffed. A huge lifeline as the immortal words of Mr Rose that first goal is all so crucial. Moments later it was our turn, Rob had a great chance to put us ahead but uncharacteristically knocked it wide. As the game went on in the first half little separated the sides, the slippery conditions making it hard for anybody to take control.
Eventually Simon Duff as so many times this year was on hand to steer us ahead with a well taken goal. Cool as you come some excellent lead up play saw Simon calmly slot the ball in the back of the Studz net. As the half went on a few tough challenges were being flung around, one particular one which luckily Knowlzer escaped from a very crude over the top challenge. Somehow the Studz player stayed on the pitch with their manager having some common sense and taking the player off.
Half time 1 nil up but the game was evenly poised.
A few changes in the second half and the noticeable long waiting return of Gus. And it wasn’t long before he piped the Studz defence and rounded the keeper to slot in the second for us. It wasn’t long before Angus was back in the thick of things.. scoring a cracking second goal and the game was effectively over. We added to the tally with Jan chipped in for another scrambling goal while Rob added his tally for the season with a well taken header.
The second half saw us play some attractive football but it took us a while to get going. Studz were formidable opponent and made life difficult for us with the score line slightly flattering. Regardless terrific performances all round. Thomas pulling off a great save in the end to keep a clean sheet. While the back line of Jan and Bertie along with Thomas and Stef where outstanding. It was probably one of the best games I have seen from Jan and Thomas D. Aidan and Steve G dominated midfield once again forming a great partnership in the centre and Jim Rose and Knowlser helping us control the game on the flanks. Joe’s appearance in the second half gave us a some extra speed out wide while Simon Duff and Rob both threatened the Studz defence on many occasions.
But final word goes to Gus and surely not for the last time. It was great to see Angus back in the Spartan colours and scoring a few goals like he does best. There was no signs of his injured knee on the pitch and he was way too quick for the Studz defence. It’s a shame he will be leaving us but we all wish him the very best of luck in Europe. A few hair raising moments late in Wanchai for the Gus man, along with one of the quickest strips I have ever seen although not one of the quickest showers. The fighting brave heart of a Scotsman lives to tell the tale with possibly a chip tooth and a sore head. Will be missed by all…….a memorable personality to have in the team and a pretty handy striker.