The Dugout


Updated 28th August 2018

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Maud Junior Football Club JJunior FFC

Burghead Thistle 2 - 2 Maud - Grill Cup Q Final

The overriding feeling is one of relief as we never came close to meeting the performance levels that we typically bring and expect. 

We knew the match would be difficult as we continually tell the players that you need to work and earn any win you get at this level, regardless of the opposition, and we had to earn this win the hard way today. 

I felt the first half was very timid with the players lacking confidence which is understandable after last weeks result and the hard bobbly surface made it difficult to play our usual style which meant we struggled to adapt to the game. Burghead were deservedly ahead in the break as they played with aggression, energy and confidence where we failed to generate any real momentum within the half in terms of control, possession or chance creation.

Second half I felt was a different story as we came out of the blocks well and dominated the first 25 minutes of the second half, created good openings where we really should have not only levelled but gotten ourselves ahead in the game but careless finishing almost cost us a defeat but thankfully the players resilience paid off and we got an equaliser at the death to take it to penalties. In the end a 2-2 draw was fair after the 90 minutes and the quality of penalties from both sides were impressive and thankfully for us we managed to maintain our composure to win the shootout and progress to the semi-final.

It wasn’t pretty but at the end of the day a win is a win and we done it the hard way but the players deserve credit for not accepting the defeat and getting themselves back into the game with the late equaliser.