Away friendly match played on 28 September 2020.
Kicked off at 8:00 PM

After the tough game at Fauldhouse on Saturday , we were back in action tonight against a good technical team in Blackburn Utd U20s . There were a few stiff muscles in the warm up, but this disappeared within the first 3 minutes of the game as McColgan played the ball through for Avinou who's shot went wide , the ball went straight down the other side where Blackley made a crucial tackle to thwart a Blackburn attack . This would prove to set the tone for what turned out to be a frenetic and excellent game.of football. The pace of the game.was frightening with both teams moving the ball very quickly . Easton had an effort go just over the bar in the 6th minute . Nine minutes later Avinou who was causing problems on the right had another effort sail wide , a no it's later Eastons effort was tipped round the post for a corner. Kelly's corner was met by Blackley who's attempt went wide . Up the other end and McDonald produced a great save at the feet of the Blackburn attacker and Blackley made a great tackle on the follow up to keep the score level . Blackburn were beginning to get in top and within two agonising minutes Craigshill were two down. In the 22nd minute a mistake at the back allowed Blackburn in to score and seconds later Craigshill lost the ball from kick off and were punished from a long range effort . In the 28th minute Easton slipped Macbrayne in and his effort found the back of the net , only to be disallowed for offside . This seemed to spur Craigshill into action and six minutes later got the goal their performance deserved . Craigshill were awarded a free kick wide on the left . Kelly whipped in a great ball that was flicked on by Easton and Macbrayne stepped in at the back post to score . For the next ten minutes the game went from end to end both team trying to carve out chances . Just before half time Avinou had another shot that went wide Half Time Blackburn 2 Craigshill 1 Craigshill started the second half strongly , looking for an equaliser. Within a minute Kelly found McColgan with a slide rule pass only for the midfielders attempt to be saved by the keeper . It only took another 2 minutes for the inevitable. Corner from Bell caused panic in the defence and in the ensuing melee Meek thrashed the ball into the Blackburn net and the game was once again level . Craigshill went in the offensive searching for the lead , in 52 minutes Macbrayne saw his effort hit the post and a minute later Nimmos effort crashed off the crossbar . On the hour mark Craigshill made a rash of substitutions and this seemed to disrupt their momentum and in 67 mins another mistake led to Blackburn taking the lead and a period of Blackburn pressure , four minutes later Bell.made a great Blackburn threatened to extend the advantage . They were growing in confidence as Craigshill struggled to settle after the subs . 73 minutes and McDonald had to be at his best as he made a full stretch save and two minutes later Blackley cleared off the goal line . Now it was time for.Craigshill to ramp up the pressure as they settled again and two efforts in two minutes produced near misses , firstly Easton effort was saved and the Knight went close . In the 81st minute the game was turned on its head as Craigshill scored two goals in as many minutes to take the lead . First Easton scored from close range after being found by Russell and then Knight added a fourth from a Bell pass as the Rossianeri finally got in front. Nimmo had an effort go wide as Craigshill continued to look for another goal. Then with the final kick of the ball after a lack of concentration Blackburn scored an equaliser . Full Time Blackburn 4 Craigshill 4 A great game.of football and it showed that we are capable of playing against opposition of quality and can cope with fast paced football . Again lapses in concentration are costing us dearly and we need to address this , along with our decision making. For the last three games we have gifted the opposition goals and four of them in the last few minutes of games , in saying that overall we have been good in defence , we just need to keep.going for 90 + minutes and not switch off . In general we are playing superbly for three quarter of the game and for the other quarter switching off . All in all its still very pleasing the way we are going and each week we are responding to the things we need to improve on . I think we will be ready for the season start and will definitely challenge for honours.

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