Point Win Wild-West Shootout!
Westside 3 v 3 Point (Point win 4 v 3 on pens)
Coop Cup Semi Final 25/07/15
What a game! After a breathless second half in which all 6 goals were scored, the Rudhachs eventually prevailed in the penalty shootout, sending the Red Army delirious at the prospect of getting their Passports ready for the final! The Reds will face Barra in the final after the Black and Reds came back from a goal down to defeat Carloway in the other semi final.
The Reds started the game well and Alexander had a good chance when played clean through by a beautiful Ali G pass. Unfortunately the Red wingman freaked out and blazed wide, later admitting “I had no clue what to do!”. West were beginning to cause the Reds defence a few problems, with Ali B’s crosses from the right being their main weapon. It was shaping up to be a cracking game, with both teams going for it!
The Reds had another chance when another diagonal from Ali G found Stu Flower whose downward header just evaded Alex coming in from the left. Would have been a cracker. That’s all I have for the first half, I was wrapped in the action!
Elliot arrived late after making sure the last plane was safely on its way to Glasgow. He came on as sub for Daniel who had done well but was still short of match fitness.
Coach Stoodie told the boys that it was time, yes, it was time, to put the Barvas hoodoo to rest once and for all. We are going to win this game!!
Can’t remember there being any cuppas on the go, we were probably too wired anyway and would have spilled it everywhere given the second half ahead.
The game continued at a high tempo and West were first to strike after 52 minutes. I can only remember two of the West goals but I think this was the one where Conner Mackay and Innes Ian combined nicely from a throw in. After a good one two Innes Ian curled the ball beyond Wrighty and in off the crossbar. Nice goal but straight from a throw in-Come on Reds. Coach Stoodie was raging. Westside 1 v 0 Point.
The Reds began to look dangerous with Wally beginning to combine well with his childhood buddy Alex, some of the moves being straight from the Manse garden! In fact it was a quick fire one two between these two that sent Wally through, and he made no mistake, slipping the ball beyond Peter Sharapova in the West goal. You could almost mistake them for Cole and Yorke……..almost. Cracker of a goal. West 1 v 1 Point (67).
The Reds celebrations were short lived as West went straight up the pitch and took the lead with the goal I can’t remember. The Sky Sports studios (tech mobile) don’t do highlights and I couldnt find Calum Morrison’s highlights so na, no clue what happened. I can tell you how we all felt….really #$@#$&*$ annoyed! West 2 v 1 Point. Oh and it was Innes Ian who scored, I’d seen enough of him the past two weeks (nothing personal Innes). (68 mins)
Three minutes later and the Reds drew level again, phew this was breathless. This time Alex swung a cracker of a corner in and there was Flybe flight SYEL111 flying into head home. I think our air traffic control man Alec Lamb had to close off the airspace around the back post as Elliot was miles up! Great header Elliot. West 2 v 2 Point. (71 mins). This game was becoming as good as the league game which finished 3-3. Everyone’s nerves wers shredded and there was still 20 mins left.
Afetr 81 mins the West must have thought they’d won it when Martainn forced the ball home after Wrighty had saved a deflected Ali B shot. West 3 v 2 Point. Oh no. Coach Stoodie was pacing around like a caged tiger, I was trying to stay cool but my blood pressure was 3000 over 2000.It had been a rare Stu F mistake which had led to the goal and it was the Reds Captain who took it upon himself to create the equaliser. A high spinning ball was expertly cushioned down to Stu by Alex. Stu ventured forward and slid a wonderful through ball to Wally on the inside left, who left footed the ball beyond Peter and we all watched as the ball rolled agonisingly slowly into the net, beyond a despairing West defender. Yessssss! West 3 v 3 Point. 84 mins.
Like Ali v Foreman, both teams had given there all but now looked out for the count, and there was no more goals as the dreaded penalty shootout loomed.
Its always a bit of a lottery the old penalty kicks, and despite going behind early, Alex Wright saved two penalties and so it came down to Alex Lamb to fire the ball into the top corner and with it the Reds into the final! Come on the Reds!!
Point man of the match: Wally for his two cracking goals.
Moments of match:
1. The game was brilliant and a great advert for Lewis and Harris football.
2. Time seemed to stand still as the ball rolled towards the goal for the third equaliser. There was almost a pitch invasion when it went in.
Moan of the match:
There’s really nothing, ummm, even the refs and linesmen were saying it was the best game they’d seen this year.