Thursday, 7 April 2011
Scottish League Division Two highlights
Our visit to Somerset Park on Saturday allowed us to mark all grounds in Division 2 as completed. It's a journey that started with a trip to Peterhead v Montrose on the 24th July in the Alba Challenge Cup 1st round.
As it turned out it was a great day; culminating in a five goal humping for Montrose as Peterhead romped away with it. Paul Emslie scored a contender for goal of the season in the second half with a brilliant lob from forty yards.
The pie was rank rotten though.
The week after will always be remembered for the best heckle of the season; Dumbarton and Greenock Morton, who happen to be local rivals, were playing in the same competition. A Morton defender, can't remember his name unfortunately, was wearing bright red football boots and a bloke sitting just in front of us shouted the immortal line "You're not in f**king Kansas now Dorothy, this is Dumbarton!!" - priceless.!
Here's our breakdown of Division 2.
Money spent on Tickets:
Adult - £114. This would have been the full price. Thanks, however, to Duncan Ferguson at Ford Motors in Forfar for the tickets for Brechin & Forfar and my Uncle Raymond for the tickets to Ayr United.
Concession - £66. As above.
Money spent on Programmes: £16.50
Money spent on Pie's: £28.10. - I'm being generous here as this averages as one pie each per game and I know I've had more than that on most occasions.
Total goals scored: 33 not including the seven penalties we saw in the Dumbarton v Morton game.
Top 3 Pies: Forfar 7.5/10 Brechin City, Dumbarton & Alloa Athletic all scored 7/10
1. Iain Russell - Livingston v Brechin City. A first time effort from all of 30 yards past keeper in to top corner
2. Paul Emslie - Peterhead v Montrose. Lobbed the keeper from 40 yards.
3. Joe McKenna - Brechin City v Dumbarton. For his hat trick.
1. Paul Emslie - As above.
2. Chris Maguire - Alloa Athletic v Aberdeen. The young Aberdeen player catches the ball sweetly on the half volley from 25 yards and it lobs the keeper but dips under the bar.
3. Iain Russell. As above.
Most witnessed side: We saw the following sides twice - Brechin City, Dumbarton, East Fife, Airdrie United & Alloa Athletic. (Editor's note: I have been advised that East Fife have been watched 3 times; at Methill, Dumfries and Ayr)
Best Atmosphere: Airdrie United v Beith Juniors in the Scottish Cup
Biggest Cheat: Paul Lovering of Airdrie United for his rolling around on the floor after losing a 50-50 ball and getting a Beith Juniors player sent off. The fact that he sprung to his feet, ran into the box, scored an undeserved goal and then sprinted to celebrate in front of the away dugout did not help either.
Finally my dad would like to share his disappointment that Forfar Athletic inexcusably run out of, what could be considered one of their towns most famous inventions, the Forfar Bridie at half time.
He'd also like to point out his disbelief that no-one thought to walk the 250 or so yards down to the local Bakers who supply them and herd a load back up with them.
This has been duly noted and Forfar won't be to far far from the bottom of the Pie League when we round it up at the end of the season.