We had a touch of apprehension taking the field against Dundee, who clearly had a number of players quite a bit younger than us, and set off to a blistering start, playing some very nice hockey. 15 minutes in I wasn’t the only one thinking we might be going down with a bit of a crash, but doughty defending by Bruce, Frase & Nic – and the odd moment of near-immortality from Coxy – kept the enemy at bay. Before long we were working the ball nicely up the pitch. We scored first, working the ball up the right then in along the byline – my attempt to push a hard cross to the far post hit a defender’s leg and went into the goal – guile and brute force trumps accuracy!
Despite all the early Dundee pressure and penetration of our 23 and D, LX continued to gain the upper hand and in the second half Smoky, Terry and Dave Lancaster were moving nicely off the ball and repeatedly finding great positions high up the pitch. One of those high pressing forward moves led to the second goal when Martin stepped in following a spell of sustained LX pressure to administer the coup de grace. Two or three further LX chances went begging, but despite mounting some decent attacks Dundee couldn’t find the final pass or finishing touch, and the final result was a very satisfying 2-0 victory for LX. You couldn’t really name a man of the match – it was a real team performance that made the most of our abilities against a team who looked as individuals as though they would give us a really hard time.