Nov 21 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
STIRLING AFA FIRST DIVISION:
GORMAC THISTLE 7
Sharp-shooter Kyle Brown destroyed Sunnyside with a six-goal show – but delighted Gormac Thistle gaffer John Bell praised a stunning team performance.
The Stirling AFA Second Division outfit were on top form at Airdrie Leisure Centre on Saturday as they made it six wins out of six in the league so far this season.
The result kept the Airdrie side top of the table on goal difference ahead of this weekend’s trip to Callander Thistle.
And while saluting the striking prowess of 22-year-old Brown, boss Bell was keen to pay tribute to his team-mates who helped take Sunnyside to the cleaners.
He said: “We’ve just got Kyle back from Cambuslang Rangers in the juniors. He played with us before going over there but didn’t feature all that much.
“That’s just his second game for us. He hit a hat-trick against Denny on his return and he certainly knows where the goal is.
“But it’s important to recognise that a lot of hard work is done by the team.
“Kyle is getting good service and taking the chances that fall his way. All credit to the players. It was a great team performance.”
Fraser Gilchrist was also on target for Thistle who started well but were almost caught out by the visitors.
Bell added: “We looked strong in the first 20 minutes and had good chances although we got a wake-up call when we had to clear one of their efforts off the line.
“But we went 3-0 up and at that point we were in a really good position and playing with a lot of confidence.
“A couple of errors led to their goals but I thought we could have scored more ourselves. It’s vital that we keep working hard and keep playing the way we know we can.”
Thistle, who are grateful for the support from Mortons Rolls and Gary Cunningham of Cue Here, are hoping to mount a sustained promotion push this term.
“We’re still a young team,” Bell said. “This is our second season in the Second Division and we’re taking things one game at a time which is the way to be.
“But it would be nice to get promotion as I think the lads are good enough to be playing First Division football.”