Red Star keep up un­beaten run

Argyllshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

LOCHGILPHEAD Red Star main­tained their 100 per cent start to the sea­son with an ex­cel­lent away win against a Hous­ton United side which had held Star to a draw in both league matches last sea­son.

Star made the long trip to Beith in North Ayr­shire for the league clash and started the brighter of the sides, with Rab Docherty see­ing his ef­fort saved by the keeper after he had beaten the Hous­ton de­fender.

Red Star con­tin­ued on the front foot and strik­ers Ciaran McPhie and Kieran Moore both saw shots saved by the ’keeper as they pressed for the opener.

The vis­i­tors de­servedly took the lead but with a hint of good fortune as a spin­ning ball landed awk­wardly on the ground as the goal­keeper went to col­lect and fell kindly to the ad­vanc­ing Lee Ma­cLean. He had the sim­ple task of tap­ping the ball into an empty net to put his side 0-1 up.

The home side, to their credit, man­aged to force their way back into the game when a cross from the right hand side was headed past Luke Kalache in goal with the ’keeper hav­ing no chance.

Red Star upped the pace and were keen to get back on the front foot and suc­ceeded when some lovely link up play down the right hand side re­leased Rab Docherty, who cut the ball back to Ciaran McPhie who found the bot­tom cor­ner with a first time fin­ish.

The Red Star mid­field trio of Ben Forbes, Lee Ma­cLean and Aaron Moore were now in charge, with Moore dom­i­nant in the air. It was no sur­prise when Star ex­tended their lead when a loop­ing ball over the top saw Ciaran McPhie beat the off­side trap be­fore coolly slot­ting home past the ’keeper to give Star a 1-3 lead at half time.

Hous­ton came out and had a go early in the sec­ond half but were find­ing the set­tled op­po­si­tion de­fence of Andy Weir, Luke Nais- by and Kyle Sel­fridge tough to breach. They had a shout for a penalty when Luke Naisby chal­lenged the for­ward but the ref­eree saw the Star man get a good touch on the ball.

Red Star were still caus­ing all sorts of prob­lems on the break, with the link-up play be­tween Kieran Moore and Ciaran McPhie ex­cel­lent to watch at times.

The match was made safe with 20 min­utes re­main­ing when sub­sti­tute Andy Moore set up Ciaran McPhie in the cor­ner and the young for­ward turned and fired his shot into the bot­tom cor­ner to round off an­other hat­trick.

Star weren’t fin­ished there and add- ed a fifth goal late on when Kevin Keen’s cross was met by Kieran Moore, who headed into the top cor­ner to pick up a goal that his play de­served and seal a 1-5 win.

At the other end Luke Kalache was on hand to turn away a cou­ple of pow­er­ful ef­forts as Hous­ton went in search of a con­so­la­tion, but Star ran out con­vinc­ing win­ners to make it five wins from five in the league.

To­mor­row Red Star wel­come Mary­hill This­tle to Lochgilphead in the West of Scot­land Cup sec­ond round. The match will take place at the Rope­work or Joint Cam­pus 3G, weather per­mit­ting, and will be played to a fin­ish on the day.

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