On Wednesday the 28th of November the men’s football 5th team came back to snatch a draw in a thrilling home match against Dundee’s 5th team.
The match began with the Saints in control. The fives captain Jack Ireson put St Andrews ahead 1-0 early on with a tidy finish. Not long after the opening goal, Ireson once again got his name on the scoresheet after burying a precise cross from right back Linden Grigg. After this spell of dominance from the Saints, the game got more competitive as Dundee woke from their slumber and began to launch attacks. Dundee’s willingness to go forward was rewarded as their striker, number 17, finished off a chance after playing one on one with the keeper.
The match remained 2-1 until the halfway point. The fives were somewhat disappointed to let their two-goal lead slip and felt they should have more from the opening 45 minutes considering their control early on. This disappointment was encouraged competition among the players as they went into the second half, determined to score more goals and put the game to bed. However, Dundee also came into the second half wanting to turn the score around for a win. They hit the floor running and number 17 once again caused problems for the Saints. After some good team play, he finished off a chance to make it two-all and then grabbed his hattrick by netting after some good build-up play.
With the score 3-2 to Dundee, the Saints were up against the clock after letting their lead slip, and it looked as if they were heading towards an unfortunate defeat. The fives’ coach made a few substitutions, hoping fresh legs would trouble Dundee’s defense. With time running out the Saints began to throw everything forward in search of the equaliser. The crucial goal came when impact sub, Jack Dunne, made a skillful run down the left wing before a smooth left-footed finish turned it three all and brought the fives a big sense of relief. The last ten minutes or so of the game was a tense affair as both teams vied for fresh points but were wary of going behind the other. Both St Andrews and Dundee had a couple of half chances but there were no clear-cut opportunities to snatch victory and the game ultimately ended 3-3.
Despite coming from behind to get a draw, the fives were slightly disappointed with only getting a point from the game after the control they showed in the early stages of the match. However, at the same time, they recognised a draw is a solid result against a strong Dundee team. Although it was a mixed result for the fives, the game did not disappoint from a spectator’s point of view.
A few other men’s teams were also in action on the same day. The first team thrashed Stirling 3s 6-0 at home, while the second team suffered a 2-1 home defeat to UWS 1s. The three and sixes also suffered defeats, with the threes losing 6-2 away to RGU 2s and the sixes losing 2-0 away to UHI. Meanwhile, the women’s first team drew 1-1 at home to Edinburgh 1s and the women’s second were 2-0 victors at home to Edinburgh 3s. It was a mixed bag of results for St Andrews on the day, but nevertheless, the football was, as always, incredibly entertaining.