Gormley Discovering love of game
Saturday, November 02, 2013 6:16:00 AM
Gormley rediscovering his love for the game among the lower reaches
Michael Lamont – The Herald
Saturday 2 November 2013
Junior football is often viewed as a playground for pitches in poor condition, low crowds and players past their best. It is a perspective which used to be shared by David Gormley, but the Auchinleck Talbot striker now holds the lower reaches of the game in higher esteem.
After suffering at Ayr United and Alloa Athletic, the 25-year-old fell out of love with the game and considered quitting. The juniors has reignited his passion, though, and he is now looking forward to a William Hill Scottish Cup third round tie at Stranraer today.
The striker is plying his trade in the Western Premier League with Auchinleck, scoring 12 goals in 16 games for the Beechwood Park side this season. "When I played with Ayr United I disregarded the juniors but I love playing at this level now and probably wouldn't go back to a senior club," he admitted.
"The juniors has given me the opportunity to play regularly, score goals and be involved with a group of down to earth, talented guys. We've got two or three players competing for each position at the club so you need to be on your game every week. It's unusual for a junior team to be as strong as we are but Talbot are like a senior team. We could match any League 2 side."
Gormley had experienced success with Ayr United after signing from Glenafton in 2008, helping to promote the club, but the player failed to settle in the first division. "I had a fall out with the manager at Ayr United and moved to Alloa Athletic where I got sick and bored of football," said the robust striker. "I had a successful first season at Ayr where we secured promotion but when we were in the first division I was told I wasn't in Brian Reid's plans. I then had spells with Albion Rovers and Alloa but decided to take a break as I was no longer enjoying football. The manager of Kirkintilloch Rob Roy at the time, Jimmy Lindsay, gave me a call and persuaded me to sign for the club in the summer of 2011. I'm glad I did as I haven't looked back since."
The striker has some interesting experience of the Scottish Cup. "I was only 21 when I played for Ayr against Kilmarnock," he reflected. "It was a great experience and we drew 2-2 at Somerset Park. The return leg was live on Sky Sports which added to the occasion.
"When I played with Alloa we were losing 1-0 to Hamilton in the Scottish Cup and our goalkeeper was sent off. We had used all our subs so I took the gloves from Stephen Robertson to save the resultant penalty, giving us a chance of grabbing an equaliser but they scored late on to kill the tie. That moment provided a good laugh for a lot of people and is my claim to fame in the Scottish Cup."
Article in Saturday 2nd November, 2013 edition of "The Herald"