Sunday 25 July
Balgownie 0 v 0 Russell Vale
The teams paid their respects to a Balgownie official who had recently died with a minute silence prior to KO. The game itself turned out to be one of those matches no matter what we did the ball just wasn’t going to go in. Russell Vale had the majority of the possession through out the game but Blagownie were always a threat on the break. The first real chance fell to Chris Behan who went close from 20M out. This was followed by a run and cross from Shae Morgan that somehow eluded everyone in the box. Another good run this time from Jean Paul set up Jordan Woods but his turn and shot skimmed the near post. Jordan Woods then turned provider and set up Matt Nelson only to see his first time effort some how miss the top corner of the goal. Matt Nelson then returned the compliment by setting up Jordan Woods but on his weaker foot his shot flew over the bar. It wasn’t all one way but with Kurtis Trindall and Joel Dalmonte both having a solid game in defence Balgownie were limited to only a couple of half chances.
In the second half Russell Vale moved up another gear but unfortunately so did the Balgownie goalkeeper whom I doubt will ever have a better game. Their goalie performed heroically to deny Matt Nelson, Shae Morgan and Chris Behan from getting on the score sheet. There were several goal mouth scrambles but again the ball just wouldn’t go in then when Hayden Brown was put clean through from a Joel Dalmonte free kick he looked certain to score but the keeper somehow deflected the ball onto the bar. Even with a full squad due to the return of Jawad Khan to the team after a long injury lay off the Cobras still couldn’t conjure up the winning goal that their football deserved. In the end I couldn’t have asked any more of the players and the result now leaves Russell Vale 7pts behind the top team Albion Park with only three games to go. On the plus side we only need one more victory to guarantee finishing Runners Up.