Match Report and Pics - Season 2021-2022

Maryhill 0 Ashfield 3 - Pre-Season Friendly - Saturday 5th June 2021 - 2pm (Match played at Springburn Park, Glasgow)

It was tremendous to get back to watching live Football this afternoon again as the `field entered the Astro-Turf at Springburn Park in North Glasgow for their first match since a 3-3 draw at the Penny Cars Stadium, Airdrie against Glasgow University on the 19th December 202o. Maryhill were infact Ashfield`s first opponents in a stop-start season last year and both teams were eager to put on a good performance after the long break and this was emphasised with the fast pace start to the game. Ashfield had a new front line following Callum Graham`s departure to Pollok in the close Season however his replacement made the Ashfield faithful quickly move on after seeing Ben Dailly run  the `hill defence ragged in the opening 25 minutes. Ben joined the `field from Lowland Outfit Caledonian Braves and immediately linked up well with his two wide forwards, Brad Rodden and young Nicky McLaughlin as the `field produced a very impressive opening to the game which had the Maryhill Team on the back foot.  Early efforts from Dean Leverage on the left hand side of Midfield and new signing Darren Burns almost opened the Ashfield account however it took until the 18th minute before going ahead courtesy of a handball decision in the box following an Ashfield corner. Ashfield`s new Striker stepped up and sent the `hill keeper the wrong way to put the `field ahead. Maryhill 0 Ashfield 1. The `field continued pressing and a lovely move involving Rodden, Dailly and Chris McLaughlin saw young Nicky McLaughlin bullet a header narrowly wide. This would have capped off an impressive move however a couple of minutes later and Dailly was played through from midfield and as the `hill keeper advanced the Ashfield striker lashed the ball home to put the `field 2-0 up. Maryhill 0 Ashfield 2. The Maryhill team began to `find their feet` after this and there were some good tussles in Midfield however the `hill found the Ashfield defence in good form and chances were at a premium. A couple of corners and cross balls were well delivered into the Ashfield box but were well cleared apart from a far post effort which caused a `stramash` inside the Ashfield 6 yard box. On the half hour mark, the hill were given a lifeline after a rash tackle from Dean Leverage in the box resulting in a spot kick award. The resultant penalty crashed off the top of the bar and was well gathered by Ryan Dakhil before being fouled which then brought out a couple of bookings for both teams. To make matters worst for the `hill was Ashfield picking up a loose ball in the `hill half with the ball being controlled by Brad Rodden before despatching a magnificent left foot drive into the corner of the net to the delight of the Ashfield support. Maryhill 0 Ashfield 3. This capped off a fine first half display from the `field.

HT:- Maryhill 0 Ashfield 3

The second half started off at great pace however did not have the same intensity as the first with both teams cancelling out each other in midfield and this was followed by a succession of substitutes. The game ebbed and flowed for a while and Ashfield`s best attempts came more from long range and from the excellent crossing on the left hand side from Dean Leverage. Maryhill themselves made a number of alterations to their line up however were unable to test Ashfield`s young Keeper Reece McLean who came on after an hour replacing Dakhill `between the sticks`. As the Referee brought proceedings to a halt both teams will be delighted at getting back to playing again and from the `field`s point of view will be delighted at the win and some impressive individual displays.

FT:- Maryhill 0 Ashfield 3

Ashfield`s Team:- R Dakhill, J Barr, A Cairns, C Beedham, C Leverage (Capt), D Leverage, D Burns, C McLaughlin, B Rodden, N McLaughlin & B Dailly. Subs:- J Howat, A Byrne, D Maguire, S Doherty, J Crumlish, R McManus and R McLean

Attendance:- 100 Approx.

Man of the Match:- Ben Dailly

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Ashfield 2 St Anthony`s 3 - Pre-Season Friendly - Saturday 12th June 2021 - 12 Noon - Springburn Park, Glasgow

Ashfield continued their Pre-Season preparation against our old friends from McKenna Park however this `friendly` turned out to be a rather feisty affair as both teams gave 110% but were not helped by some erratic refereeing which added to the player`s frustrations.
Another nice early afternoon of Sunshine ensured a punishing 90 minutes of Pre-Season workout and the crowd in attendance were treated to a very competitive game. It really was the proverbial game of two halves however both teams squandered good chances in both halves. Both teams started brightly and chances were initially at a premium before the `field began to get some joy down the flanks causing a couple of half chances for the lively Hepburn and Daily up front for Ashfield. The Ants foraged forward at every opportunity also and young Ben Quate in the Ashfield goal had to make an excellent save on the 20 minute mark blocking the 2nd effort with his legs. On the 25 minute mark Ashfield found themselves ahead courtesy of an error from Berhas in the Ants goal. A cross come shot from Ashfield`s Captain Colin Leverage saw the big Spanish Keeper gather the ball however took a step back and carried the ball over the line to put the `field 1-0 up. Ashfield 1 St Anthony`s 0.  A couple of niggling fouls ensued with the Referee being kept busy as both teams were determined to make their mark. The `field were on top now and after a couple of corners managed to stretch their lead following a lovely move which saw the Ashfield striker Ben Daily pounce on a loose ball from 8 yards out to leave Berhas with no chance. Ashfield 2 St Anthony`s 0. That was the Ashfield striker`s 4th goal in 3 games. As mentioned earlier there were a couple of niggling fouls which unfortunately developed into an altercation with one of the Ants players being substituted following an off the ball incident. As Referee blew for Half time the crowd knew the game was far from finished.

HT: - Ashfield 2 St Anthony`s 0

The game continued at a fierce pace and the midfield area competitive. The Ants were looking livelier in the 2nd half and had the Ashfield back four working hard. On the hour mark, the `field made seven substitutes to look at different formations. Brad Rodden made an immediate impact and was spraying the ball well about the park. Baz Hepburn had a left foot drive saved by Berhas and another 20 yard effort which sailed just wide. Midway through the half however and the game turned on it`s head after a lovely move down the right from the Ants saw the ball driven low and hard past Ben Quate from a tight angle to bring the Ants right back in it. Ashfield 2 St Anthony`s 1. Ashfield had a big appeal for a penalty with 12 minutes to go when Baz Hepburn was pushed to the ground however the Referee was having none of it and Baz was booked . Another penalty claim was waived aside before the Ants were awarded a spot-kick after some nice play on the edge of the box with 7 minutes to go The Ants Midfielder (No 6) who had an impressive game throughout drove the ball just out of Quate`s reach to bring the game level. Ashfield 2 St Anthony`s 2. The game then swung from end to end with both teams searching for the winner and as the game went into injury time the Ants sealed it when the ball was played to the far post with the ball driven past the Ashfield Keeper to win the game for the Govan men.  Ashfield 2 St Anthony`s 3. The Ants were delighted , with the `field despairing at letting a 2-goal lead slip however it was a really good work out for both Teams in preparation for the Season start on 17th July 2021.

FT:- Ashfield 2 St Anthony`s 3

Ashfield`s Team:- B Quale, S Doherty, Trialist, A Cairns, C Leverage (Capt), D Leverage, C McLaughlin, J Howat, D Maguire, B Daily and B Hepburn. Subs:- C Beedham, D Burns, A Byrne, B Daly, B Rodden, J Crumlish, J Barr and R McManus

Attendance:- 80

Man of the Match:- S Doherty

Blantyre Vics 2 Ashfield 1, Pre-Season Friendly - KG Stadium, Blantyre - Wednesday 16th June 2021 - K.O. 6.45pm

An eagerly awaited Friendly at the KG Stadium, Blantyre with Ashfield looking  to continue their preparations with a test against higher League opposition in the Vics. This was only the home side`s second Match of the Pre-Season following a visit to Broadwood last Saturday against Cumbernauld Colts.  A lovely evening ensured a good turn out and the Match itself was excellent with the game swinging from end to end. The home side started the brightest and were working the flanks well however Sean Doherty was marshalling his defence extremely well and the visitors  only scare was a tremendous effort from the Vics left winger who had his shot brilliantly tipped over the bar by Ryan Dakhill in the Ashfield goal. At the other end, Ashfield were looking really dangerous and the pace of Rodden and Daily was  causing concerns in the home defence. A brilliant `double save` from the home keeper from Burns and Rodden kept the score level before the home keeper produced a brilliant stop on the half hour mark following a piledriver from Ben Daily which the Keeper managed to get a hand to it and divert around the post. Following a couple of corners, Ashfield defender John Barr managed to get his head to the ball and his looping header crashed off the bar and was cleared to safety. Both teams were  having a `go` at each other as the Match swung from end to end in the latter period of the first half before the Referee brought proceedings to a halt. The crowd inside the ground waited with expectation as what the second half would bring as they `swatted` the midges which were prevalent throughout the balmy evening.


Again it was the home side that started the brightest to the half and this time got their reward three minutes after the break following a lovely move down the right hand side which saw the ball cut back into the path of  Sam McKenzie and the Vics Midfielder lashed the ball into the net despite the valiant attempt of Dakhill in the Ashfield Goal. Blantyre Vics 1 Ashfield 0. Ashfield struggled for the next 10 minutes as the home side upped the tempo and just as Ashfield thought they had `weathered the storm`  an uncharacteristic mistake from Dakhill whilst playing the ball out from goal gave the Vics forwards the easy task of tapping the ball into the empty net. Blantyre Vics 2 Ashfield 0. After this point the `field dusted themselves down, made a  couple of substitutes and went onto  dominate the latter part of the Match, A header from Sean Doherty missed the post by inches before another couple of snap shots went over the bar. With 6 Minutes left on the clock a lovely move down the right saw Colin Leverage whip in a tremendous ball to the far post where an onrushing Brad Rodden bulleted the ball into the net the reduce the deficit. Blantyre Vics 2 Ashfield 1. Ashfield pushed forward at every opportunity and were rewarded with a free kick in the last minute on the edge of the box however the Vics Keeper `read` the flight of Ben Daily`s shot and held onto the ball comfortably. That was it - an excellent `work-out` for both teams and on this showing Blantyre and Ashfield can go into their next games with confidence,


Ashfield`s Team:- R Dakhill, S Doherty (Capt), J Barr, A Cairns, A Byrne, B Daly, J Crumlish, D Burns, B Rodden, B Daily and B Hepburn. Subs:- B Quate, M McManus, D Maguire, D Leverage, C Leverage and J Marr.


Man of the Match:-Brad Rodden

St Roch`s 5 Ashfield 4, Saturday 19th June 2021 - Springburn Park, Glasgow - K.O. 12 Noon.

A really disappointing end to the Match from an Ashfield perspective as the young Team lost 2 goals in the final 2 minutes to lose the game from a winning position in what had been a terrific friendly for the sizeable crowd.  Following a very hard and impressive 90 minutes in midweek against Blantyre Vics, the Ashfield Management Team made 7 changes to the line up bringing in 3 of Ashfield`s U20 Academy Team and a trialist Centre forward to line up alongside the prolific Ben Daily. As in most of the friendlies so far this season, the game started off at a terrific pace with both teams trying to get a strangehold early on however the opening exchanges were pretty even and it wasn`t until the half hour mark that the chances began to fall. Following a long throw in on the left hand side from St Roch`s the ball was played across goal finding the `Candy Rock` Centre forward who prodded the ball past Ben Quate to put St Roch`s ahead. St Roch`s 1 Ashfield 0. It didn`t however take much time for the `field, who had been working extremely hard, to level and the equaliser was an absolute screamer. Ben Daily picked up the ball fully 25 yards out before evading a couple of tackles and unleashing an unstoppable drive into the top corner of the net to the delight of the Ashfield bench and supporters. St Roch`s 1 Ashfield 1. The game now swung from end to end and Daily was foiled by the `Rock` Keeper when through on goal and this was followed up by a tremendous effort from an Ashfield `trialist who saw his 20 yard effort cannon back of the post before the `Candy` went ahead again courtesy of a penalty, with the  young Ashfield defender getting on the wrong side of the St Roch`s striker, who stepped up and sent the Keeper the wrong way. St Roch`s 2 Ashfield 1. With 5 minutes to go in the half and it was `game on` again when Ben Daily broke clear of the Candy rearguard and drilled the ball low and hard under the keeper to level the scores. St Roch`s 2 Ashfield 2.  Two minutes later and the Ashfield Striker completed his hat-trick this time placing a right foot shot past the advancing keeper who was left with no chance as Ashfield headed into the interval ahead. St Roch`s 2 Ashfield 3.


Ashfield were determined to get a bigger lead and despite having a couple of efforts were unable to stretch the scoreline and as the half wore on with a number of substitutes being made from both sides it was the team in Green that made the next breakthrough with 20 minutes left on the clock, A lovely move on the right saw the ball played through to a St Roch`s striker who made room for himself before despatching a shot into the roof of the net leaving  Ben Quate with no chance. St Roch`s 3 Ashfield 3. The `field however hit back shortly after in this `topsy turvy` Match it was Ben Daily again breaking through the  Rock defence to drill the ball home for his 4th goal of the game. This had been striking of the highest quality from the Ashfield striker who has taken his tally to 8 in 5 games. St Roch`s 3 Ashfield 4. The game continued to swing from end to end and Mark McManus had a free-kick for the `field which went narrowly over as the clock ticked towards the 90th minute. As the `field support were looking at their watches the `Candy Rock`were given a lifeline with a throw in level with the Ashfield box. The throw-in caused a `stramash` in the Ashfield box before the ball broke to a green and white jersey and the ball was hooked into the net to the delight of the large St Roch`s support. St Roch`s 4 Ashfield 4. Before the `field had a chance to `dust themselves` down they were confronted by an onrushing St Roch`s player who drove into the box and was upended by an Ashfield defender with the Referee having no hesitation in pointing to the spot. The Ashfield players protested stating that the defender got a touch to the ball. Up stepped the Candy No 9 and he drove the ball straight down the middle to win the game for St Roch`s. St Roch`s 5 Ashfield 4. A sore one and a learning one for the young team however it is all about `game Management` and seeing out a game from a winning positon.


Ashfield`s Team :- B Quate, C Leverage, J Marr, Trialist, Trialist, J Crumlish, B Hepburn, Trialist, B  Dale, Trialist, Trialist and B Daily. Subs:- A Cairns, J Howat, Trialist, R Dakhill, McManus.

Attendance:- 158

Man of the Match:- B Daily


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