Cairn keep their cool to dump an­gry Vale

Greig’s men hold on to top spot af­ter tousy match

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Gart­cairn ................... 1 Vale of Clyde ............. 0

Gart­cairn boss Davie Greig praised his play­ers for keep­ing their dis­ci­pline in a bad-tem­pered game against Vale of Clyde.

Ryan Don­nelly scored his third goal in two games since sign­ing for the club to ce­ment their place at the top of the ta­ble – and give the MTC Park men a five-point cush­ion in the pro­mo­tion spots.

How­ever, a flurry of book­ings and red cards saw the vis­i­tors fin­ish the game with just eight men.

Cairn only re­ceived a sin­gle yel­low card and Greig was happy his play­ers kept their cool de­spite the tough cir­cum­stances.

He told the Ad­ver­tiser: “Vale of Clyde lost their dis­ci­pline. I’m happy with the boys that they didn’t do the same.

“It was a sit­u­a­tion of their own mak­ing but it would have been easy for our play­ers to lose their heads.

“They didn’t – and we we played well against a de­cent side.”

He con­tin­ued: “We had loads of chances and you’re hop­ing you can take at least an­other one of them to give your­self that bit of breath­ing space.

“They sat in and made them­selves dif­fi­cult to break down with the nine play­ers be­fore an­other player was sent off later.

“I didn’t think we were in danger of los­ing the three points.”

Trou­ble broke out early on as for­mer Clyde and Queen’s Park mid­fielder Dar­ren Miller was booked for Vale of Clyde af­ter a clash with Cairn man Ryan O’Don­nell.

The in­ci­dent acted as a cat­a­lyst with the of­fi­cial flash­ing a huge nine yel­low cards and two reds for the Vale of Clyde men be­fore the break.

The home side took ad­van­tage and Jamie Les­lie’s neat ball put Don­nelly through on goal to give them the lead.

The sec­ond half saw an­other Vale of Clyde man see red – and de­spite plenty of chances the game fin­ished with the Air­drie side hold­ing on to their nar­row lead.

The re­sult keeps Cairn top of the ta­ble and builds the mo­men­tum from the fourgame win­ning run – but Greig is adamant that there is room for im­prove­ment in his side.

“Our per­for­mances have been good but there ar­eas ar­eas in which we could im­prove,” he said.

“Since we lost to Vale of Leven 5-0, I have seen the play­ers im­prove vastly. But even at this stage of the sea­son we only have two play­ers who have fea­tured ev­ery week – Mur­ray Spooner and Jamie Les­lie.

“We will aim to keep get­ting bet­ter and keep­ing this run go­ing against Lanark.”

Cel­e­bra­tions Don­nelly scores the only goal of the game Photo: David Rankin

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