Part 49 – S1 C1 P48 – South Challenge Cup Semi Final – Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic (H) 10th April 2019 15:00

Craig Newall (Red) goes on an attacking run for Civil during the Civil Service Strollers league match against Bonnyrigg Rose at Christie Gillies Park, Edinburgh on Saturday 3rd August 2019. The game ended 1-1.

Craig Newall (Been with Civil Service since 2014) has played a very important role this season as a rampaging left wing back, averaging 7.17 overall and 7 exactly in the league. A couple of assists and a goal in competitive games and very-much contributing to our very-stingy defence, which has only let up 13 goals in 33 competitive games.

Before our semi final v Bonnyrigg Rose ( ) – now in the Lowland League and as I type top of the table – we’ve had a few reserve games.

We beat Lochar Thistle Res 3-1 (Andrew Mackay back from injury with a brace, Triallist McMahon with the 3rd) and Dunbar Res 2-0 (Mackay again and MOTM Kyle Fee)

We have also had a turn-of-month, meaning I ran the data as of 1st April 2019 into the Database. Headline facts below.

A few changes – Injured Chris Barras increasing in Pace & Stamina, James Hainey Crossing & Technique, and a few others with small increases, Only 2 drops.

High level stats for the month of March 2019 as follows:

Passing – Paul Cairney – 89% Completion, 79.8 Completed per 90 mins, but no Key Passes. Neil McVitie – 8 Key Passes in March, 2.95 per 90 mins as a BWM!

Heading – The Big Kev & Mark show, 16 completed headers & 4.5 key/90 between them.

Crossing – Paul Cairney, 20.8% completion, 1.55 per 90 mins.

Dribbling – Tom Kelly – 2 attempts/90 mins.

Tackling – Neil McVitie – 3.3 completed/90 mins.

Fouls – Neil McVitie – 4.43 conceded/90 mins.

Mistakes – Tom Kelly – 4 mistakes/90 mins (Overall across the whole team only 2 mistakes leading to goals ALL SEASON!!!).

Interceptions – Big Kev & Mark, 34 between them @ 8.5 per 90 mins.

Goals – Balfour, Hainey & Barras all with 2.

Assists & Chances – Neil McVitie – 3 assists.

I will be so gutted if we can’t get Big Kev & GK Josh back next season. Tom Kelly would be nice, & I’d love to get Chris Barras back as he’s improving so much with his Driven personality.

Onto the Semi-Final. Bonnyrigg Rose only have 2 ‘real’ players in their team, but did beat Stirling Uni on penalties in the last round so need to be treated with respect. They will play a 4-4-2, a less defensive formation than we are used to playing against so our superior players should make the difference, lets see. We do however have our penultimate league game v Vale of Leithen in just 3 days so I’m a little torn on rotation.

Mackay is back in on the left wing (Resting Mair), McCulloch & Clappers are in for the rested Cairney & McVitie and Kyle Fee comes in for the rested Tom Kelly. We go Positive with our normal Control possession, and hopefully an open game will suit us as so many games recently have been against a 4-5-1 sitting deep.

First Half Comprehensive Highlights

HT Civil Service 2 (Clapperton 6, McConnell 27) Bonnyrigg Rose 0

A nice start with a couple of shots on target before Clappers headed home from a Mackay corner in the 6th Minute. 1-0. A scything foul on Kyle Fee in the 37th minute led to a free kick. This was swung in by McCulloch straight onto the head of McConnell, who made it 2-0. Bonnyrigg came back into the game a bit in the last minutes of the half but it was still pretty comfortable – 2-0. I did move to a fairly narrow width before the 1st goal as I think Hainey is not supported enough by the wingers and I think it worked quite nicely, something I need to implement for our next league game.

Second Half Comprehensive Highlights

FT Civil Service 2 (Clapperton 6, McConnell 27) Bonnyrigg Rose 0 Att 170 (80 Away)

A nice quiet start to the half, recovering Mackay came off for Cairmey, who I played in the wide Advanced Playmaker role. Tom Kelly came on for Kyle Fee and McVitie for Clappers. 2-0. Professional yet again. We’re in a final 🙂 And we will play………Gala Fairydean, who beat Vale of Leithen (Our next league opponents in 3 days) 2-0 also. We go to the Tony Macaroni Arena in Livingston on the 15th May for our 3rd game with Gala this season. Currently the score is 1-1, so lets make it 2-1 and get a trophy in our first season in management 🙂

Next up is Vale Of Leithen in a crunch match – win and if results go well we could be Lowland League champions also and on our way to face the winner of the Highland league in the first set of playoffs to gain promotion to League 2. Currently that would be against Buckie Thistle – 6 points clear with 2 games to play. Only Deveronvale can catch them. See you then!

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