World Cup Super Masters 65s
Day 2 – Match Day
Off to a brisk start this morning with an early breakfast at 7.30am. First worry of the day came when Team Manager David Watson couldn’t find his room after breakfast! Probably a ‘wee bit’ of pre- game tension or just a ‘wee brain pause’ of some type. However, once JC, (David’s carer) ushered the ‘big man’ to his room all was well!!
A quick run in the mini-bus to the Bristol University Campus where the World Cup was to take place! A shared dressing room with Gibraltar our first opponents allowed our managers David Watson and Jason Butler to ‘size up the opposition’. Once all the formalities were over it was down to action! First up were minnows Gibraltar who proved a tough nut to crack! However, Scotland prevailed with late goals from Harry Harvie and Tom Dowman securing the first points of the day. A break in games for Scotland before back to back games with first Canada and then England. The Canadian game proved to be a ‘little tousy’ with Chris Johnston first to be shown a ‘blue card’ along with his marker! With both sides a man down space opened up but no goals followed. JC ‘entered the fray’ for the last five minutes only to complete 4 minutes before also receiving a blue card’ from ‘some bloke’ for apparently some trivial offence!!
Next up were the ‘Auld Enemy’ England. A hard fought game transpired with neither team giving anything away and a goalless draw gave Scotland 4 points on the board. Another break in proceedings before another ‘back to back’ double header this time against first Holland and then Wales.
The Dutch team contained 4 former full internationals including European Cup Winners, one Golden Ball Winner and all included in Dutch World Cup Squads. A terrific game ensued with Scotland giving ‘as good as they got’. Scotland opened the scoring through Captain Jimmy Bremner only for a quickly taken free kick costing the leveller. However, there was to be ‘one more twist’ when Scotland snatched the winning goal through Tom Dowman. On to Wales next and another hard fought win. Scotland raced into a 2 goal lead through Harry Harvie and Jim Bremner. A late consolation for the Welsh team meant they fell short and two more points for Scotland. When points and goal difference were calculated Scotland topped the round robin section with 8 points and one goal better than the host nation. However, the play off game clicked on with Scotland facing England in a final ‘winner takes all contest’. Scotland proceeded to control the game for the most part and took a well deserved lead through Harry Harvie. With the clock
ticking down England were awarded a free kick in a wide area. The substitute player lashed at the ball and somehow it found its way into the net from an acute angle. Seconds later the referee blew for full time and the ‘dreaded penalty shoot out beckoned’. Three penalties each and then if level ‘sudden death’
First up were England 1-0. Jimmy Bremner for Scotland 1-1. A save from Scotland keeper Davie Barr then saw John Crawford convert his penalty for a 2-1 lead. England then converted for 2-2. Harry Harvie stepped up to win it for Scotland but the England keeper beat his effort away. Davie Barr then made another save to set it up again for Scotland again. This time Billy Thomson stepped up and scored for a 3-2 win for Scotland. World Cup Winners they indeed were!! A fantastic performance from every member of the squad as well as the Management Team.
Scotland Squad : Davie Barr (Hearts), Allan Thomson (Hearts), Jimmy Bremner (Hearts), Harry Harvie (Ayr Utd), Tom Dowman ( Ayr Utd), Billy Thomson (Ayr Utd), Chris Johnston (Ayr United), John Crawford (Ayr Utd) and Jim Kirk (Stranraer).
Manager (David Watson), Coach (Jason Butler).
A big thanks to our Tartan Army Supporters Norrie Campbell and Davie Walkingshaw