Windlaw v Southside White Cart

11am  8 September 2018

Strathclyde Saturday Morning League, Championship A Division
Windlaw 1 Southside White Cart 4 (att 8)

My first Scottish Saturday morning game of the season took me to the Barlia Football Centre, in the Castlemilk area of south Glasgow.

Windlaw are one of the Strathclyde League's established clubs, but were relegated from the top division last season and after this comprehensive defeat they're still awaiting their first point in the second tier.

Southside White Cart were also pointless ahead of this game, having lost their opening two matches, but a couple of great strikes from distance gave them a 2-0 half time lead and put them in control.

Windlaw face a tough season if this performance is anything to go by. They gifted White Cart a comical third goal when a lack of communication between goalkeeper and defender resulted in a goal kick rolling straight to a forward who had the simple task of knocking it back into the empty net.

The home side had some hope when a penalty reduced the arrears and White Cart had a player red-carded, but before long another red card made it 10-a-side and a fourth away goal ended the contest.

Windlaw had another player dismissed in the final minute, so ended with a deficit of players as well as goals.

The Barlia Football Centre's only football pitch has a 3G surface, and is a more interesting venue than you might expect. The changing rooms are in a brightly-painted building that sits at the top of a steep bank, which has steps down to the pitch and a few rows of terracing at the bottom.

The pitch is showing signs of wear, and of the unwelcome attention of vandals, but it's a well-used facility. I arrived in time to see the end of a youth match, and as my game ended players were warming up ahead of a 1pm kick off, with another amateur game scheduled for 3pm.

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