They often say – ‘Third time lucky’. Well, it was more than luck that drove the Glasgow Kelvin student football team to glory the other week at the Heriot Watt ground in the Scottish Student Football Cup where they beat a skilled Dundee & Angus College into second place!
In a game which was, apparently, very much one of two halves with each side taking turns to dominate, the teams matched each other in skill and in disappointment with several missed opportunities.
With Glasgow Kelvin fielding the younger of the teams, they dug in and defended well when Dundee & Angus were nosing ahead. 2-1 down at four minutes from the final whistle, we were awarded a penalty and brought the game to a nail-biting draw.
At the ensuing penalty shoot-out, our lads took the score to a heart-stopping 5-4, the winning save being made and goal being scored by a talented Johnathan McFarlane.
A brilliant game and an able team whose success, according to jubilant coach and lecturer, Drew Todd, could very likely be put down to the morning training and tactical team talk at Petershill earlier that day.
The ecstatic students were delighted to receive their medals though, bewilderingly, no trophy despite its glittering form being very much in evidence. And no rational reason given for that – perhaps it gets a nose-bleed when crossing over to the west of the country!
Nonetheless, that didn’t take the shine off what was a fabulous performance and a great achievement for the team and the amazing staff who helped carry them to this triumph!
Congratulations and well done to all!