Gaz sur­prises even him­self with shock hat-trick

Evening Times - - SPORT - By JIM O’DON­NELL

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

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