Please ref, don’t send off their man

Wil­lie feared the worst after red

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime - Dou­glas Dickie

Glen­cairn boss Wil­lie Har­vey ad­mit­ted he was gut­ted to see an op­po­si­tion play­ers red carded in Satur­day’s 3- 1 win over May­bole - be­cause Glens are usu­ally so poor against 10 men.

Wil­lie had last week be­moaned his team’s ten­dency to go into their shell when up against op­po­si­tion who had seen their num­bers re­duced.

And that curse looked like con­tin­u­ing when, with Glens al­ready 1-0 up, Mark Doolan saw red for block­ing a goal­bound shot with his arm. But Ross McNeil saw his spot-kick saved and May­bole equalised soon after.

How­ever, Glens didn’t buckle and two late goals from McNeil and Thomas Kil­martin sealed a good win.

Wil­lie said: “The big thing was I didn’t want the ref to send their boy off!

“I said last week it seems to af­fect us neg­a­tively rather than pos­i­tively.

“It re­ally could have hurt us, we missed the penalty and then they went up the park and scored.

“We could have fallen apart but we played well after that and con­trolled the rest of the game, and in the end I thought we thor­oughly de­served our vic­tory.

“With­out be­ing too neg­a­tive, it still wasn’t a great per­for­mance, es­pe­cially in the first half when I think we got caught up in a tug of war, with noth­ing re­ally hap­pen­ing. Ev­ery­thing was bogged down. But in the sec­ond half we played a lot bet­ter.”

The win moved Glens to fourth in the league and with no sched­uled game for the next two weeks, Wil­lie was able to take stock on the sea­son so far.

He ad­mit­ted it’s not been a per­fect start, but Glens are in a de­cent po­si­tion while the man­ager has re­fused to give up hope of catch­ing Pol­lok who are 11 points ahead of them. Wil­lis said: “If there was a re­port card, I’d say ‘could and should have been bet­ter’.

“Games against Cum­ber­nauld, Irvine and Thorniewood, that’s eight points dropped that we shouldn’t have dropped. That would have us right up there. We set our tar­get of be­ing in the top three or five by Christ­mas and we are.

“Last sea­son Beith looked like they would run away with things but Troon won the league. It only takes a cou­ple of in­juries and a few bad re­sults.”

Glens wel­comed a for­mer un­der- 21 player back to New Southcroft when left- back Jonathan Boal re­turned from the Wishaw.

How­ever, one player on his way out ap­pears to be striker Steven McClung who asked for a trans­fer after twice be­ing sub­sti­tuted in the cup ties with Cul­ter.

Wil­lie said: “We ac­tu­ally tried to get John­nie back at the start of the sea­son. He’s a cracking play­ers and a re­ally good ad­di­tion to the squad. Steven was sub­sti­tuted against Cul­ter and that seemed to an­noy him. We have four other strik­ers who are more than good enough to play in any di­vi­sion.”

De­served Glen­cairn fought hard for their win on Satur­day

De­nied Ross McNeil’s penalty was saved by the May­bole keeper

At­tack Glens on the of­fen­sive

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