That was the best we’ve played so far
Cairn boss delighted with winning performance
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