Kerr on the spot to save the day
Largs Thistle ......... 1 Glencairn .............. 1
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)