For the second week in a row we suffered a heart breaking, last minute 3-2 defeat as we squandered a 2-0 halt time lead away to Strathroy Harps. In truth, Strathroy were well on top for large periods of the game but the nature of the defeat is still very hard to take.
The hosts started well, forcing several corners and free kicks in dangerous areas, with Sam McDonald called in to action making a great double save to keep the game scoreless. We gradually grew in to the game with Stuart Cochrane and Gareth Carrothers starting to get to grips with the Strathroy attack. We were working hard despite not seeing much of the ball and our pressure forced Strathroy in to a misplaced place in their final third which Sam Lindsay pounced on, drove in to the box and slotted home to put us one up against the run of play.
We doubled our advantage soon after when Lindsay released Paul Elliott through on goal and he showed great composer to draw the keeper out before rolling it across for the oncoming Lindsay to leave us 2-0 up. We held out comfortably until half time but we knew we still had a lot of work to do in the second half.
Unfortunately, Strathroy scored within 5 minutes to really turn the game on its head. At this stage, they were in the ascendancy and had a lot of possession and their equaliser duly arrived with about 10 minutes to go. After this, we had our only period of pressure in the second half.
Shane Ingram was introduced, making his debut, and he looked lively. He and Paul McGrath combined well which seen McGrath put through on goal and his fine strike was well saved by the Harps keeper. We forced four or five corners in a row but didn’t really look threatening and failed to register a shot on goal after that. Alas, Strathroy won a corner late on which was headed home at the back post to give them the three points. A bitter pill to swallow after a huge effort from each and every one of our players. We now face Dergview Reserves this Saturday at Drumad, which is an absolutely crucial game for us.