ST CYRUS ................................5
MCT regrouped after the disappointing loss to Vaults the week before, bringing in no fewer than five new faces to freshen things up.
Despite a delayed kick off, after a kit clash forced caretaker Williams to drive home to get a different set of strips,
MCT went into the game full of confidence that they could pick up something against impressive new boys St Cyrus.
They’re confidence was to be justified after Ferguson released Candy down the left hand side, who whipped in a fantastic ball to stand-in captain for the day PETRIE to head home over the line.
CT were on top at this stage and were unlucky not to double their lead when a Craig corner found Cargill, who could only direct his header over the bar.
St Cyrus equalised with their first attack, GRANT picked up the ball in space 25 yards out and curled it into the top corner, giving Laidlaw no chance in the goals despite his best efforts to try.
The away team were forced into making their first change when Gourlay replaced the injured Laidlaw between the sticks.
After 20 minutes, a long throw in from Cargill was prodded into the danger area by Candy and STRIDGEON was on hand to poke the ball home. 1-2
MCT were on top at this stage and squandered a great opportunity to extend their lead, Craig was fouled in the box by the GK, and with the ‘keeper perhaps feeling lucky he wasn’t shown a card, he faced Coull from MCT for the penalty kick.
He leaned back as he sent the ‘keeper the wrong way but his effort sailed over the bar.
RODGER cut inside in the box and fired passed the helpless Gourlay in the goals.
Thistle had another chance to go in the lead when Coull had a header go just over the bar. St Cyrus scored just before half time with a nice finish into the bottom corner from MADDOCK.
Half-time: MCT 2, St Cyrus 3.
St Cyrus scored a goal early in the second half when they attacked in numbers and MCT found themselves short at the back. MADDOCK found himself in space after some good play involving Mitchell and he made no mistake with the finish giving substitute ‘keeper Gourlay no chance.
St Cyrus looked like they could run away with it at this point, but some great defending from Cargill ensured the lead stayed at two goals.
Ferguson was causing the St Cyrus defence all sorts of problems with his pace, he found Craig in the box, but the striker’s first time effort went narrowly wide of the post.
MCT made two changes after 65 minutes ,when Polson and Young replaced the injured Dryden and exhausted Davidson. The changes seemed to give MCT a lift, and on 75 minutes they nearly got a goal back. Ferguson beat the St Cyrus right back and whipped in a great ball that Craig got to but his effort came back off the post.
CRAIG was on hand to score into the empty net, following a stramash in the box. 4-3
With time running out, after a great knock on from Craig released Ferguson, the tricky winger was caught in two minds about whether to shoot or cut the ball back and his effort went wide of the far post.
St Cyrus made sure of the three points in the dying stages of the game, when DOAN found himself in a great opportunity and coolly finished from 10 yards out.
A good game contested by two teams who both wanted to play the game in the right way, St Cyrus will be delighted to walk away with the points in a game that could have gone either way on another day.