Gaz surprises even himself with shock hat-trick
EVEN allowing for it being Junior football where the unexpected is thrown up on a regular basis , Rob Roy’s inspirational team captain Gary McMenamin helping himself to a hat-trick in last Saturday’s 5-1 victory away to Hurlford United has to be looked upon as way out of the ordinary.
The veteran’s intrusions forward from his defensive beat proved crucial in driving the Rabs on to produce a second-half power show – they were 1-0 down at the interval – that clinched all three points and moved the Kirkintilloch outfit up a couple of places to fourth top spot in the Super Premier Division table.
“If memory serves me right I last scored a hat-trick playing as a 21-year-old midfielder with Annan Athletic,” beamed 34-year-old McMenamin. “All three goals came at set plays when both Mikey Morris and I came upfield to lend a bit of support to our front players and I was just fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.
“To win 5-1 at Blair Park is a massive result on the back of us taking just one point from our previous two league games and will provide a real boost to our confidence ahead of heading deep into Ayrshire again this week to take on the might of Auchinleck Talbot.
“And maybe if we can take something from Beechwood Park then people will lift their heads and start treating us as a serious title contender which hasn’t been the case this season even though we finished runners-up to Glenafton last time out.”
McMenamin partnered former Kilwinning Rangers and East Kilbride Lowland League stopper Morris against Hurlford however he is anticipating stiff competition for the central defensive jerseys to come from suspension free Danny Boyle.
Gary admitted: “Danny’s been unlucky as postponements and fixture-free weekends have saw to it that his three-match ban has taken all of seven weeks to serve out, so it’s understandable for him to be champing at the bit to get back playing and more so against his former club Auchinleck.
“He will be motivated going down there but whether he comes straight back after such a long lay-off is a question for the gaffer Stewart Maxwell.
”Otherwise we have only goalkeeper Michael McKinven ruled out with a fractured knee socket and everyone is looking forward to the Talbot game, myself included, even though I expect to be a target for verbals from the Auchinleck supporters.
“They’ve never forgiven me for previously turning out with Cumnock but their jibes are water of a duck’s back as far as I’m concerned.”
Meanwhile, Rob Roy team boss Maxwell is refusing to get rushed into appointing a replacement No 2 in the wake of close ally Gordan Moffat’s departure to take up the reins as manager of Central First Division high fliers Rossvale .
Maxi revealed: “Chris McFadyen was already at the club coaching and is filling the breach left by Moff as you expect from someone who has played at the very top of Juniors.”
Gary McMenamin bagged a hat-trick away to Hurlford Utd