The Crampsie/Barr managerial era began in emphatic fashion for our GFSN side with a comfortable 6-1 victory over Leftfooters at Dukes Meadows.
After a slow start, with the new squad needing to gel, the match exploded into life when Henry Moloney swung over a pinpoint cross to captain Chris King to score his first ever header – not bad to say he was fresh off the plane from Marrakesh.
It only got better for Titans, with Leftfooters’ attacks being constantly repelled before Scott De Blasio scored his greatest ever goal. Charging down the left wing, he had options in the middle, but chose instead to send a left-foot howitzer at the goal, and beat the keeper at the near post to double the lead.
The third came from one of Paul Wheeler’s epic throws. All game, he fired enough missiles over the visitors’ box to make Kim Jong-un blush, but as the first half rolled on, Rob Barr leapt like a six-yard-line salmon to get on the end of one and score the goal that justified the managers’ faith to play him up front (the fact that he is one of the managers is by-the-by).
Just as it looked like we’d take a comfortable 3-0 lead into half-time, we netted a fourth with the final kick of the half. Another quick break was repelled by the on-rushing keeper, but Moloney – from fully 30 yards – hit a lob to perfection over the back-peddling custodian to make the score at the break even more comfortable.
Leftfooters’ manager moved a few people around at half-time, giving the visitors fresh impetus as they sought a goal to get them back into the game. They pressed constantly, but it was Titans who struck again.
Following a corner, both Barr and Jim Hearson thought they’d scored but for a couple of stout goalline clearances from Footers, only for Adam Kaye to swing in a sweet cross for Sam Court to remove all doubt and fire in a header from close range to make it 5-0.
The visitors continued to attack gamely and got their reward when a defensive slip allowed them onto the scoresheet. They could have got a second too, but managed to find the outside of the post.
It was the woodwork that denied the industrious Paul O’Regan at the other end too, but a sixth goal was forthcoming, with a bit of penalty area pinball resulting in debutant Jack Leonard slotting the ball home to make it 6-1.
Following the final whistle, man of the match was decided and it actually ended up being men of the match, with Kim Jong-Wheeler and the tenacious Callum Jewell – who snuffed out many an attack – getting the nod. Next up is HotScots away in Glasgow in October.