That was the best we’ve played so far

Cairn boss de­lighted with win­ning per­for­mance

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Gart­cairn boss Davie Greig says his play­ers should be brim­ming with con­fi­dence af­ter Satur­day’s top- of-the-ta­ble vic­tory against St An­thony’s.

Cairn tremen­dously tri­umphed 2-1 against their Glasgow coun­ter­parts thanks to a well-taken penalty from Ryan Don­nelly and a late own goal.

The vic­tory moves the Air­drie club three points clear at the top of the ta­ble, and Greig re­vealed it was the team’s best per­for­mance of his ten­ure so far.

He said: “It was a great re­sult and a ter­rific per­for­mance.

“In fact, it was the best per­for­mance since I’ve been here.

“One of the most pleas­ing as­pects was that it was away from home and we played that well.

“We cre­ated chances through­out the whole game and could have had it wrapped up ear­lier.

“It took a for­tu­nate goal for us to win it but our per­for­mance de­served the win and I’m de­lighted that we kept it go­ing af­ter con­ced­ing the equaliser.”

Gart­cairn took the lead when Ryan Don­nelly con­verted from the spot af­ter be­ing dragged down in the box.

The at­tacker was about to pull the trig­ger af­ter latch­ing on to a won­der­ful through ball from Dar­ren Bowie.

Cairn’s num­ber 19 picked him­self up and rat­tled the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner from 12 yards.

Chances came and went for the away side as the half pro­gressed.

Don­nelly had the chance to dou­ble Cairn’s ad­van­tage from the penalty spot again af­ter he col­lided with the op­po­si­tion goal­keeper, but he put his penalty wide of the post.

St An­thony’s equalised with a penalty of their own which was despatched con­fi­dently into the cor­ner of the net.

Cairn ral­lied and missed sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties with Les­lie and Bowie not giv­ing the de­fence a mo­ment’s rest.

Their win­ner came when an in­swing­ing cor­ner bounced awk­wardly in front of a St An­thony’s de­fender who could only de­flect the ball just over the line de­spite the best ef­forts of the keeper.

Greig con­tin­ued: “Even a draw on Satur­day would have felt like a de­feat.

“That’s how well we played against good op­po­si­tion.

“You’re not al­ways at your best but we’ve been find­ing ways to win games this sea­son.

“Even though we played well on Satur­day it took an ugly goal to win the match.”

Ahead of Cairn’s West of Scot­land cup tie against Du­ni­pace this week­end, Greig added: “We’ll mix it up a bit this week­end.

“We’ve got some play­ers look­ing for a start so we’ll freshen it up.”

Oh yes Ryan O’Donnell cel­e­brates Gart­cairn’s win­ner against St An­thony’s

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