Month: April 2014

Lochee Harp v Newburgh match report

Newburgh travelled to Beechwood Park in Dundee on Saturday to face Lochee Harp. In the return fixture earlier in the season Newburgh suffered a 3-1 defeat so Manager Graham Nicoll was very wary of the Harp even though they are currently towards the bottom of the League “Harp gave us a real hard game at Newburgh they are an old fashioned Junior side with a mix or experience and youth in their squad”
On a dank misty cold day the games early action reflected the conditions with neither side playing particularly inspiring football. Newburgh had their first real chance on the 15th minute when good work by Elder on the left resulted in a deep cross being met on the volley by Finlay at the back post.

Dean Elder tormented the home defence all of the first half with his driving runs
Dean Elder tormented the home defence all of the first half with his driving runs

The home keeper did well to deflect the shot into the post. Much to the astonishment of everyone watching the referee awarded a bye kick to Lochee Harp Newburgh began to build some sustained pressure with Elder and Spence finding space to get behind the defence. On the 24th minute a Spence run was halted inside the box by a poor tackle leaving the ref no option other than to award a penalty. Mr Reliable Chris McLeish converted the spot kick to give Newburgh the lead.

Chris McLeish - Newburgh's Gerrard - always confident when he takes a penalty
Chris McLeish – Newburgh’s Gerrard – always confident when he takes a penalty

Lochee pulled themselves back into the game and started to threaten the visitors goal without causing any real concern for Houston between the sticks.
Newburgh had another great shout for a second penalty as the first half drew to an end, McLeish’s pace caught out the Harp defence allowing the Burgh attacker to break free into a one on one with the keeper. McLeish rounded the keeper just as he stuck out a leg felling the ‘Burgh striker in what appeared to be a nailed on penalty to everyone around the park apart from the referee who waved play on.
The home side grabbed an equaliser five minutes after the break when poor defending from a corner allowed the Ramsay time to turn in the box and smash a shot over the line.
Lochee enjoyed their best spell in the game and pushed Newburgh back bringing goalkeeper Houston into play several times over a ten minute period.
Newburgh brought on Harris and Honeyman to freshen up their attack and this almost paid dividends with a break down the right from Honeyman resulting in a harried clearance from a McLeish shot on the angle.
Lochee were reduced to 10 men after 68 minutes when McBride was sent off for a second bookable offence. Possession was now very much in Newburgh’s favour but they could not convert any of this to goals with Honeyman and Finlay coming close without managing to convert pressure into goals.

Newburgh threw everything they had at Lochee in the closing minutes but could not find the decisive goal
Newburgh threw everything they had at Lochee in the closing minutes but could not find the decisive goal

Manager Nicoll was disappointed feeling that his side did not perform to their capabilities “I am really disappointed that we didn’t really turn up today. Harp are an honest old fashioned Junior side and really gave us problems at home earlier this season so I knew we had to be on our best game as every fixture is vital for us at this stage of the season”. On Saturday’s encounter with Forfar West End “we need to file today’s game away and move on to next week where we face a Forfar side on top of their game at the moment, they are on a run of nine straight wins so we really need to up our performance levels from today”
Forfar West currently sit 4 points ahead of Newburgh in the second promotion place having played two more games than the ‘Burgh. Kick off at East Shore Park on Saturday is at 14:30
Newburgh: Houston, D Gray, Ritchie, Ferguson, Davidson, R Gray, Elder (Harris 62), McLeish, Finlay, Spence (Harris 62), Jones
Subs: Moon, Smith

This weekends North League fixtures

Downfield v Kennoway Star Hearts
Forfar Albion v East Craigie
Forfar West End v Arbroath Vics
Lochee Harp v Newburgh
Luncarty v Coupar Angus
Scone Thistle v Blairgowrie
Thornton Hibs v Lochore Welfare

This weekends match forecast

From the East Region North League website

MATCH FORECAST

This McBookie.com North Division match sees Lochee Harp, currently in fourteenth place entertain fifth place Newburgh at Beechwood Park. The last time these sides met was in the McBookie.com North Division match back on 31 August 2013 at East Shore Park where Lochee Harp beat Newburgh 1-3.

From their last 6 matches Lochee Harp have taken 1 points, having won 0, lost 5, drawn 1 scoring 11 goals and conceding 23, while the visitors have taken 12 points with 4 wins, 2 defeats and 0 draws, scoring 18 goals and conceding 11.

On current form this looks like a win away from home for Newburgh.

Match Stats (Last 6 Games)
Lochee Harp Newburgh
Points 1 12
Wins 0 4
Losses 5 2
Draws 1 0
Goals for 11 18
Goals Against 23 11
Goal Diff -12 7

Lochee Harp LLLDLL
Newburgh WWLLWW

Newburgh 6 Coupar Angus 0

Newburgh 6 Coupar Angus 0
Newburgh recorded a comfortable win against bottom of the table Coupar Angus on Saturday to maintain their promotion push
With Bruce McAdam joining Jordan Davidson on the suspended list Newburgh were forced into making change. Peter Jones received a starting place for the first time and David Gray moved back from midfield into defence. Steven Harris replaced Chris McLeish in the forward line.
Newburgh looked unsure of themselves in the opening 15 minutes probably due to the changes made throughout the team taking time to settle. The visitors looked like a team determined to end their poor run of league form showing energy and passion across the park.
The ‘Burgh breakthrough came after 24 minutes when a shot from David Gray bounced in front of the Coupar Angus keeper catching him off balance allowing the ball to bounce up and over him into the net.

David Gray's speculative shot beats the Coupar Angus keeper
David Gray’s speculative shot beats the Coupar Angus keeper

It didn’t take Newburgh long to double their advantage when on the 32nd minute Scott Finlay side stepped a pair of defenders on the edge of the box and slotted his drive into the corner of the net.

Elder shoots from an acute angle for Newburgh's 3rd goal
Elder shoots from an acute angle for Newburgh’s 3rd goal

Newburgh had the advantage now and were looking more like themselves. With 2 minutes of the first half remaining Dean Elder danced into the box and beat the keeper from an acute angle.
Coupar Angus stated the second period in a brisker fashion than they ended the first and were unlucky not to break their duck when a speculative drive smashed the crossbar.
This was to be one of the rare occasions that the Newburgh goal was threatened however and shortly after this Harris increased the ‘Burgh lead with a scrambled goal on the 52nd minute. Within 2 minutes Harris doubled his tally from the penalty spot following a poor challenge by the goalkeeper on Finlay who was bearing in on goal.

Steven Harris scores his 2nd and Newburgh's 5th from the penalty spot
Steven Harris scores his 2nd and Newburgh’s 5th from the penalty spot

Coupar Angus held Newburgh out from this pint until the 87th minute when substitute Chris McLeish, who had been rested from the starting line up, beat two defenders and made enough space for himself to drive a shot under the keeper into the goal.

Chris McLeish slots the ball away for Newburgh's 6th goal
Chris McLeish slots the ball away for Newburgh’s 6th goal

Manager Nicoll was pleased with the points “it is important that we remain professional in games like this where, with all respect to Coupar Angus, we are facing a side from the lower end of the division”.
Newburgh travel to Lochee Harp on Saturday.

Newburgh: Houston, Ritchie, D Gray, Moon, Ferguson, R Gray, Finlay, Elder (McLeish 70), Harris, Spence (Honeyman 75), Jones