YM win 14-goal thriller

East Kilbride News - - COMMONWEALTH GAMES -

East Kil­bride YM man­ager Graeme Robert­son did not have his prob­lems to seek prior to this friendly with five first choice play­ers miss­ing due to hol­i­days.

But his de­pleted squad did re­turn a vic­tory in a 14-goal thriller with Ju­nior side Arthurlie.

Al­though happy to record a win, Robert­son will no doubt be per­turbed at some sloppy de­fend­ing which saw their op­po­nents scor­ing five times.

Craig Fry scored an early penalty for YM but Arthurlie equalised a few min­utes later with an ex­cel­lent 18 yard free kick.

Quick-fire goals from Ross McDon­agh and An­thony Pen­man gave YM a two goal cush­ion but on the stroke of half time Arthurlie pulled a goal back, giv­ing prom­ise of an ex­cit­ing sec­ond half.

Craig Tocher in­creased YM’s lead soon af­ter the break then Paul McLean ex­tended it fur­ther, fin­ish­ing off a fine move with Fry and Tocher.

Arthurlie re­sponded with an­other goal to make it 5 -3, but YM soon grabbed a sixth goal when McDon­agh fin­ished well from Pen­man’s through ball.

The topsy-turvy tus­sle con­tin­ued as Arthurlie scored their fourth goal from an­other free kick but Con­nor McCann re­sponded with YM’s sev­enth goal af­ter an ex­cel­lent ball from Pen­man.

The vis­i­tors snatched a fifth near­ing the end but just to make sure of vic­tory, McDon­agh and Tocher added late goals to bring this con­test to a close.

On Satur­day YM travel to the Isle of Bute for a tough league fix­ture against Rothe­say Bran­dane, where de­feat for ei­ther team would be a big blow to their pro­mo­tion hopes.

Mean­while, YM’s GGPL side de­feated Colquhoun 2-1 with Kenny Cor­bett and Mur­ray McClure scor­ing. They now play Ran­noch in the league at Hamil­ton Palace. Kick-off on Satur­day is 1pm.

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