Four of our five men’s teams were in action this weekend, with mixed results. Our Men’s 1sts travelled to play Glasgow University with an inexperienced squad. Youngster Max Lynch made his National League debut, while Liam Sales played just his second game at that level.
After both teams had a corner opportunity, the students opened the scoring with a simple finish after keeper Dale Kemp had saved the first effort. GCW responded with some promising attacking opportunities including another corner, but it was Glasgow Uni who scored two more before half time to give Josh Lawrence’s men a mountain to climb at 3-0 down.
The second half did not offer much in the way of respite. Glasgow Uni played some good hockey and scored three more to double their lead, before GCW finally got a goal back when Lawrence scored from a rebound. Two minutes later Tom Morrison tapped in for his first goal of the season. The greatest comeback of all time did not materialise. The students scored a somewhat fortunate final goal for a 7-2 win.
Our Men’s 2nds played Aberdeen University 2nds on Sunday. GCW had more of the ball in the opening half, and scored through Max Lynch to take a 1-0 lead. Rory Jamieson then doubled that lead from a penalty corner, before the students were a little unfortunate when a clean strike from the top of the circle rattled the post in the closing seconds. Aberdeen Uni improved in the second half, while GCW were relying on opportunities on the break. The students eventually got their reward with a goal four minutes from the end, but GCW soaked up the final moments of pressure to emerge with a 2-1 victory.
The much-anticipated match between our Men’s 4ths and 5ths turned out to be something of a one man show. Paul Boylan scored five goals to remind us all that although he can no longer move, he can still put the ball away. Adrian Doran also found the goal, while youngster Calum Bradford dribbled past four of the old guard in the 4s defence and finished with aplomb to reward the effort of our 5s. Despite a fairly even contest where our 5s possibly shaded the midfield contest, it finished 6-1 to our 4s.