report Versus Glasgow Rangers on November 21 1999 at Hurlingham Park,
Steer (9) Jim McPherson (9)
Mark Grice (9) Grant Ramsey
McGettigan (9) Tony Lawlor (9)
Jason Steer (9) Russell
Vavasour (9.5) Steve Booth (9)
Ashford (9) (Grant Ramsey)
Adam Pomoro (7) (Aidan McGettigan)
Stephen Watts (7) (Steve Booth)
Luke Pomoro (5)
Simon Elwig (5)
Neil Hinty (5)
Manager: Dave Lawlor
first time in 6 seasons we actually manage to beat Rangers in the Cup. It
was quite emphatic. 2 goals in about 7 minutes, bang bang, job done.
off to an awesome start, the ball was launched in from the right to a
waiting Gerry, he held off a man, controlled the ball and leathered it
home, past their despairing keeper (about his looks?). Champagne Charlie
gave a celebratory shoogle and we were 1-0 up after 5 minutes. Then whilst
still talking to the HUN on the sideline, the ball again was played down
the right, good linking with Tony and Aidan, the ball was fired in and
Russell, our man of the match jumped up and hammered home a sweet header,
2-0 in 7 minutes. There were other moments when we came close, but as we
have come to expect from Rangers, they fought tenaciously for every ball,
making it difficult for us. Our defence and midfield were in constant
battle, against the fierce tackling Rangers. Tony and Jason coped manfully
and spread the ball forward when the opportunity arose. Jerry and Steve
worked tirelessly in attack, picking up scraps.
a couple of chances, where the ball went across our goal, but John Leslie
wasnít troubled. Gricey and Jim, sorted the aerial battle out in defence,
so much so we finished the half 2-0 up.
a particular arrogance to our team that is no bad thing. We beat them in
first half, so weíll take the collective pedal of the metal. Rangers
began the half as we expected driving forward in attack after attack,
scoring a good goal after 20 minutes. Their centre forward scissor kicking
the ball past a defenceless John, no blame here, it was a well-taken
as their attacks were thwarted time after time, they began to become
extremely frustrated and as befitting their collective position in the
evolutionary scheme of things, started lashing out with some disgusting
challenges. I thought the ref was unduly soft on them. Then the incident
that I have complained to their manager about, Jason was spat at and
reacted angrily (see below). The player who spat out at Jason will not be
playing on Sunday or again for them, their manager apologised afterward to
continued to attack, but were mopped up by our resolute defence.
Leslie received some appalling treatment, with the stud marks to prove it,
again I thought the ref unduly soft on them. Incidentally their manager
told me that their centre forward never pulls out a challenge and that his
goalie would not have tumbled like that.
explained that due to evolutionary factors this was entirely
understandable, in that Cro-Magnon man does not have as highly developed a
nervous system as modern man, therefore he feels no pain.
not mentioned our attack in the second half that is because I made a
mistake by bringing two of my former best players on, who could not get
into the tempo of the games and were frankly ineffectual.
a solid result; I think we couldíve punished them more. We didnít for
made two substitutions for players in Steve Booth and Aidan McGettigan
that were playing well and really getting into the game, replacing
them with two players that have put on a great deal of weight, or at
best changed their fat muscle mix adversely. This was a bad mistake by
more importantly we know these boys to be a bunch that spit; head
butt; and cheat on occasion. Yet Tony and Stevie, two ex-pros had to
get mouthy with them. Jason had to retaliate when he was spat on. The
simple way to beat these people is to beat them in the score line.
Leave the shouting to me; I am louder than any of them and you. As for
talking back to the ref that is never going to work. Stop it now;
leave that to Dave and me.
happy we won, but I want you stay focused for Sunday, they will be
spoiling for revenge and it will be a tough game. They have only lost 2
points so far this season and like Middlesboro are now focusing on the
league and like Middlesboro I want to disabuse them of the notion that
they have got any chance whatsoever. We need to beat them and beat them
well. Regard Sunday past as half time, the main game is this Sunday.
care whom we get in the cup, that has got Green and White ribbons on it