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Lowland League Team / Half full or half empty?
« on: October 17, 2015, 07:47:41 PM »
No game for us today but some interesting results. The top three teams in the league all lost but it meant that some of the 'middle' teams gained points and moved above us. So, we now have one or two games in hand in relation to most of the teams above us. Personally, I'm pleased with the results for two reasons:
1) We continue to see that every team in this league is beatable and no team is beyond catching.
2) The defeat of the top three teams means that if we have a good run from now on picking up the points that we deserve we can close the gap.
Spartans are the only team that I have seen that outplayed us but they haven't consistently outplayed the other teams in the league and have had bad results against teams that we outplayed. So......I think the glass is half full.

Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / A Missed opportunity
« on: October 10, 2015, 05:54:37 PM »
As the final few minutes approached it looked as if Colts would take all three points and move up the table only three points behind EK but then everything went wrong. Gave away a penalty, had our own last minute penalty claim turned down and our goalkeeper was shown the red card (which I didn't actually see). If only we had converted some of the chances we made when we were 1-0 up. Once again Colts have shown that they are as good as the top teams in this league.
The big question now is whether our goalkeeper will be available for the Scottish Cup game.

Lowland League Team / Away form continues
« on: October 03, 2015, 08:12:04 PM »
Another great result! I wasn't at the game but 2-0 away from home....fantastic. It sets things up nicely for next week's game against East Kilbride. If we can beat EK then it looks as if we can be serious contenders to challenge EK and Edinburgh City at the top.
Also looking forward to our next cup game against Auchinleck.
(And my gratitude to the Club for posting out the Scottish Cup programme that I had missed. It keeps my collection complete)

Lowland League Team / The Scottish Cup
« on: September 27, 2015, 06:17:55 PM »
What a great performance! An historic occasion and a good turnout. My only disappointment was not being able to get a programme. They had sold out at the turnstile and I didn't see anyone selling them in the ground.
Looking forward to seeing who the Colts are drawn against.

Lowland League Team / University challenge
« on: September 19, 2015, 07:18:09 PM »
A game of two halves. The Colts did well to recover from being 2 down at half time. When they scored the equaliser I was sure that they would go on to win but in the end with only ten men they did well to get the draw. Personally, I thought that overall on the balance of play they deserved to win but Edinburgh Uni took advantage of defensive errors. The problem with being a goalkeeper or defender is that any mistake can be very costly.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to the Scottish Cup game on Sunday. It would be great to see the Colts march on to the next round.
Forward Colts

Lowland League Team / The Spartans
« on: September 10, 2015, 11:36:33 AM »
The Spartans certainly lived up to their name, especially in the first half: athletic, strong, fast and combative. This is the Colts first heavy defeat and the first occasion when they were outplayed. Even the unexpected support of a group of chanting Germans couldn't lift the Colts performance. Nevertheless the Colts forced themselves into the game in the second half and if they had scored a goal early on they might have been able to stage a recovery. I console myself with the knowledge that the Spartans, themselves, have suffered two defeats so far this season and have drawn three times, so they are not invincible. In fact they are still only three points ahead of Colts and we have a game in hand.

Lowland League Team / Our first home win!
« on: September 05, 2015, 05:21:52 PM »
What a great afternoon! Sitting in the sunshine watching some very entertaining football and witnessing the Colts first home win. Colts played some beautiful football especially in the first half. It was good to see Stephen 'Messi' O'Neill back in the team. (Actually, his recent haircut makes his resemblance to Messi even more uncanny, well from where I was sitting) And he kept up his record of a goal in every game. It was once again an admirable team performance. I think one of the great strengths of the team has been the consistency and organisation of the back four. They play as a Unit. Looking forward to Wednesday's clash with the Spartans.
Forza Colts!!

Lowland League Team / Climbing the league
« on: August 29, 2015, 06:55:17 PM »
Didn't manage to travel to Selkirk but saw the score on the lowland league website. A 5-3 victory!!! Superb!!! Tried to scroll through the blog to discover the scorers but it only scrolled far enough to see that our Selkirk scored against Selkirk. ( Is that irony?) Look forward to discovering the other scorers.
By my reckoning we've had one below par performance and five great games. With a bit of luck we could have been at the top of the table. After all, no team is undefeated. If we won our game in hand we would only be four points behind the leaders. There is no team in this league that Colts need to fear. Keep on climbing the league. Well done lads!
Forza Colts!!!

Lowland League Team / Narrow defeats
« on: August 22, 2015, 07:29:08 PM »
Colts third home game and third defeat and yet each defeat has been by the narrow margin of one goal. I thought that today the team didn't quite gel but there again it is difficult to assemble a cohesive team when injuries, births, weddings and holidays intervene. Now that is a challenge that Mourinho hasn't experienced!
Again, there was an element of bad luck especially the chance in the dying minutes that hit the crossbar. No Stephen 'Messi' O'Neill today but Richard 'Alves' Kirwin made some great overlapping runs as per usual.
Forza Colts!!
PS like the new scarves but have they been stolen from Leeds United Football club.  :)

Lowland League Team / Cumbernauld News
« on: August 21, 2015, 07:32:01 PM »
I buy the Cumbernauld News every week and it's very pleasing to see the coverage they are giving to the Colts' games.

Lowland League Team / Supporting from a distance
« on: August 15, 2015, 05:06:59 PM »
Missed my first Colts game but thankfully followed the second half events on the lowland league live blog. 4-0. Fantastic! Don't know yet who scored the fourth goal but if the blog is accurate Stephen 'Messi' O'Neill scored the first two and Kirwin followed that up with what the blog described as a wonderful solo goal. I'm looking forward to reading the full match report. It's frustrating missing the game but the lowland league website and this quality Colts website provide some consolation.
Forza Colts!!

Lowland League Team / Victory!
« on: August 12, 2015, 10:51:18 PM »
 :) A well deserved victory! I didn't expect to be at any away games but my son suggested that we should make the trip to Stirling so that we would be there to witness the Colts first win. So glad we made the journey. From start to finish the Colts showed 100% commitment and effort. Stephen ''Messi' O'Neill was on the scoresheet again but every player contributed to the victory not just the goal scorers. Once again the team were so well organised and disciplined. I also like the way the coaching staff show so much positivity, praising the players for effort and good play and shouting instructions when required. It's a pleasure to be a Colts supporter and my son, grandson and I have enjoyed all three games. Keep up the good work! Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / Edinburgh City game
« on: August 08, 2015, 05:36:17 PM »
Football can certainly be a cruel game. Today's game could have gone either way but Lady Luck shone favourably on the Edinburgh team. One mistake by a player who had played well throughout the game and City scored the winner without any time left for Colts to stage a comeback. As a Colts fan I hope the players don't become too downhearted because of the results so far. The two defeats don't reflect the quality of the two performances. What the Colts have clearly shown is their ability to play at this level. After all, today's game was against the team that had won the Lowland league last season by a clear margin. If Colts continue to build on the organisation, discipline and performances shown in their two first league games then I'm certain the points and victories will follow.

Lowland League Team / My first game
« on: August 06, 2015, 05:09:30 PM »
Actually, the first senior game that I ever attended was Partick Thistle against Third Lanark. (Some time in the 1960s I seem to remember) Anyway, yesterday evening I, my son and my two grandsons attended the Colts first ever senior league game. A very enjoyable evening despite the score. Colts played some great football. It was difficult to believe that this team had only come together within the last month. They played as a team and they produced some quality passes and moves. I tried to convince my seven year old grandson that Stephen O'Neill was Cumbernauld Colts' Lionel Messi. I don't think he was entirely convinced but my son and I were certainly impressed by his skilful dribbling and runs, not to mention his goal. We also liked the way Gary Espener used his experience and strength to hold the ball until support arrived. The final score could easily have gone in the Colts favour. They didn't deserve to lose. I am looking forward to game number two even though it will probably be against the strongest opposition in the league.

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