Kerr on the spot to save the day

Largs This­tle ......... 1 Glen­cairn .............. 1

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

New Glen­cairn goal­keeper Robert Kerr was the hero as Glens won their semi­fi­nal in the James Glen Me­mo­rial Tro­phy pre-sea­son tour­na­ment.

He saved four penal­ties on the day as Glens fi­nally won through the fi­nal on spot­kicks af­ter a 1-1 draw.

Seven of the 10 sum­mer sign­ings started the match with a fur­ther two on the bench as man­ager Wil­lie Har­vey con­tin­ued to in­te­grate the new play­ers into his planned for­ma­tion.

Glens were quick out the blocks and had al­ready gone close be­fore they took the lead through De­nis McLaugh­lin. The big striker turned his marker and pro­duced a fine fin­ish on the half-volley.

Adam Shaw thought he’d dou­bled the lead only for Matthews to pro­duce a fine stop be­fore Fraser’s cross was headed off the line by Lit­tle.

Glen­cairn made two changes at half- time, with Chris Zok re­plac­ing Cullen up front and Graeme Brown com­ing on at right back in place of McCarry, with Shaw moved for­ward into mid­field.

Largs were level within 30 sec­onds of the re-start. Glens claimed for off­side, but the flag stayed down and Muir was able to slip the ball past Kerr.

Matthews saved from Tait and Batch­e­lor, but Largs should have won the match when Kerr was ad­judged to have fouled Frizzell. Marks took the penalty, but Kerr saved with his left foot.

There were late chances for Glens with Batch­e­lor, McLaugh­lin and Tait all hav­ing a sight of goal, which came to noth­ing.

The game went to a shootout with Muir and Zok scor­ing Glens first two be­fore Kerr saved from McDon­ald.

Tait then saw his ef­fort saved, but Kerr’s hero­ics con­tin­ued with another stop from Frizzell. McLaugh­lin scored for Glens and when Kerr saved again from Friel, it con­firmed Glens place in the fi­nal.

Ruther­glen Glen­cairn: Kerr, Shaw, Fraser ( Tait), Doyle, Neil (Smith), Muir, McGuire, Batch­e­lor, McLaugh­lin, Cullen (Zok), McCarry (Brown)

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