Newmachar Utd 3-1 FC Polska
After a 7 month layoff, it was great to finally see some football being played at Charlies, and in roasting hot conditions, Newmachar Utd got their friendly schedule off to a winning start with a 3-1 win over FC Polska.
Right from the off, both teams looked to get the ball down and play. Newmachar were looking dangerous and Chris Hardie had an early chance which he saw go over the bar.
Polska were also creating chances of their own and were unlucky on a few occasions. A better end product could easily have seen them take the lead.
Hardie was looking lively and saw a few great chances saved. He did finally manage to put the ball in the back of the net but ref Joel Kennedy blew for offside.
What looked like a stonewall penalty for a late challenge was waved away. Machar weren’t to be denied much longer and after a good move through the middle orchestrated by Young, was pulled back by James McMahon for Conor Watt to fire high first time, into the roof of the net.
Polska went close just on half time with a misunderstanding at the back saw keeper, Rthys Bain smother at the feet of the big Polska striker.
Half time saw the new Machar management team introduce 9 new players. Polska made 3 changes to their line up.
It wasn’t long before Newmachar hit their second. A wonderful pass from Josh Reynolds split the defence and Matty Tough ran through and got to the ball just before the on rushing Polska keeper who pulled him down with Joel Kennedy pointing to the spot.
Tough took the penalty himself and sent the keeper the wrong way.
Polksa were starting to tire in the heat, but after a great save from Rthys Bain, he gave away a penalty from the resultant corner.
The big striker made no mistake from the spot.
Any hopes of a Polska comeback were short lived as minutes later, an inch perfect Saunders cross was turned home by Greg Wood to round of a fine display from the home team.
FC Polska gave a very good account of themselves and we wish them all the best for the season ahead.
Next Saturday sees us travel to take on Stoneywood Parkvale in our second friendly.