Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Scotch Have the Celts Measure

Saturday May 14 saw Old Scotch host St Kilda Celts in a top of the table clash in the Zagames State League Division Two South East at H.A.Smith Reserve.



The Celts kick-off, with the Monash Freeway as a backdrop.


Players get into the box for a set-piece, while Steve Gray of Football Chaos films the game from the clubroom roof.


Midfield action, on another ground in excellent condition, especially since it's an open park.


2000 and 2003 VPL Referee of the Year Senko Rastocic controls proceedings.


At H.A.Smith Reserve it's the benches that are the marquee signings.


An Old Scotch player places the ball down for a free-kick, which he will play to a man out wide on his right.


The cross is turned in at the far post, and Old Scotch take their 1-0 lead into the half-time break.


Pitchside lounge suites aren't a feature off too many football grounds.


It's celebration time as Jonny Beamish puts Old Scotch back in front late in the second half.


The players exchange pleasantries at the final whistle.

H.A.Smith Reserve is located in leafy Hawthorn. The iconic tennis stadium of the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club sits on the other side of Glenferrie Road. In the parks on the other side of the Monash Freeway you will find Kooyong Park, home of Malvern City from State League Division One South East.

It was a quiet first half, with the action intensifying as the game went on. Maybe it was the beer kicking in, as the home support became more vocal as the second half went on. With victory in sight big tackles and surges forward were heartily cheered. The win saw Scotch move clear at the top of the table, with St Kilda, Caulfield United Cobras and North Caulfield all chasing.

Match highlights from the brilliant Football Chaos website:


                                                     (Click on images to enlarge)

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