A Vale drawn over cup

Rutherglen Reformer - - Football - Peter Fer­gu­son

Glen­cairn rounded off their cen­tral sec­tional league cup campaign with a com­fort­able win, al­though it wasn’t enough to qual­ify from the group.

There was a re­turn for Mark Bishop with two tri­al­ists also lin­ing up to try and im­press the man­age­ment team.

And the tri­al­ist num­ber nine al­most made an in­stant im­pres­sion when his lop­ping header hit the bar in the 10th minute.

It was a more familiar face who gave Glens the lead on 23 min­utes. Kil­martin drilled the ball low past Con­nolly from 20 yards fol­low­ing good work by Irvine.

Kil­martin flashed a header past be­fore Glens dou­bled their ad­van­tage in the 28th minute when the tri­al­ist nine hooked a fine vol­ley into the net.

Glens pres­sure con­tin­ued and the third goal duly ar­rived in 33 min­utes when the tri­al­ist bagged his sec­ond, fir­ing a left foot shot home via the in­side of the post.

Vale tried to get back in the match early in the sec­ond pe­riod, but Hutchi­son palmed Cochrane’s shot to safety be­fore block­ing from Pet­ti­grew.

The game was put to bed in the 62nd minute. McClung, a re­place­ment for Kil­martin, clev­erly laid the ball off to Esplin who fired home.

Glens nearly added a fifth through Irvine, but Con­nolly some­how man­aged to block the shot with his foot.

Vale had a few chances to grab a con­so­la­tion but couldn’t force the ball home.

Their day was summed up when Pet­ti­grew’s shot re­bounded off the post in the last minute be­fore Conor Steven­son was shown a sec­ond yel­low and red for a chal­lenge on MacLeod.

On the ball The Glens at­tack Vale of Clyde

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