Last Away Defeat of the Season

Last updated : 14 May 2005 By Firparkcorner

One look at our unfamiliar back four of Fitzpatrick, Kinniburgh, Corrigan and Quinn was enough to ring the warning bells. We were two down inside the first quarter of the game and did well to keep the tally at that score until the break.

Richie shuts hie eyes and hopes!

The wide spaces suited the pacy home attack and we were pinned back for long periods. On the rare occasions when we had possession it seemed that nerves took over and the supply to McDonald and Clarkson was poor.

We managed one chance when Paterson passed to McDonald on the right. The dangerous ball across the face of goal was just out of Clarkson's reach.

Marshall gets a fist to it

Our best spell of the match came at the start of the second half but it barely lasted ten minutes. We had a couple of spells in the Rangers penalty area and it seemed that we were about to have a go at them. Clarkson picked up a careless defensive ball and charged into the left half of the box with only the keeper to face but poor control let him down.

That was almost the end of our involvement. Novo outstripped Fagan and Averladze tapped in his pass. Moments later Buffel added a fourth from a dozen yards.

We regrouped and stopped the rot. McDonald passed up a good chance when he carved out a chance just inside the eighteen yard line. His effort had the keeper beaten but it just missed the target.

There was a consolation for the small band of 'Well fans in the closing minutes. Clarkson sent in an inviting low cross from the left wing and marvelous Marvin contrived to send it into his own goal as a result of his lack of control.

The outcome was hardly unexpected and we can only hope that our youngsters learn from the experience. Let's hope that we can produce a shock in tghe last game of the season.