Har­vey not feel­ing so friendly as Glens lose to Larkhall

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Glen­cairn man­ager Wil­lie Har­vey was left fum­ing at his play­ers last week af­ter los­ing to Larkhall - de­spite the match only be­ing a friendly.

Glens were 3- 1 in front at half-time and missed a host of chances, in­clud­ing two spot­kicks, to add to that.

But they ended up go­ing down 4-3 af­ter a woe­ful sec­ond pe­riod.

The Ruther­glen men fell be­hind to a penalty early on, but were level soon af­ter when Mark McCarry cap­i­talised on a goal­keep­ing er­ror.

A Glens tri­al­ist gave them the lead af­ter net­ting from a re­bound and Paul Doyle’s halfvol­ley seem­ingly put them on easy street.

Glens then missed two glo­ri­ous chances to ex­tend their lead, both af­ter be­ing awarded penal­ties.

Paddy Cullen fired his ef­fort wide and Chris Zok saw his weak ef­fort saved.

The sec­ond half was a dif­fer­ent story, and goals from Ryan Innes and Garry McS­tay brought Larkhall level be­fore Innes headed a win­ner late on in the game.

De­spite the sta­tus of the game, Wil­lie was in no mood to let his charges off the hook.

He said: “For the first half, it was a good work­out. If I knew what went wrong in the sec­ond half, I’d have had Alex Fer­gu­son’s job years ago!

“I’ve thought about it over and over and I don’t know if it’s be­cause we made a lot of changes, or peo­ple were out of po­si­tion and maybe fit­ness be­cause some peo­ple hadn’t

played in a while. Maybe the boys thought the game was too easy — as we could have been six or seven goals up at half-time.

“I thought they let them­selves down in the sec­ond half. They took their eye off the ball.

“It does con­cern me, very much so, that we could col­lapse like that — in that kind of fash­ion.

“I was not happy with it at all. Trust me, af­ter the game I let them know what I thought, I think half of To­ry­glen heard what I thought.

“It was un­ac­cept­able.

“No mat­ter what kind of game it is, that kind of per­for­mance will not be ac­cepted.”

Glens now face a home league clash with Largs af­ter en­joy­ing the Septem­ber Week­end off.

Wil­lie said: “We played Largs in the Kil­birnie tour­na­ment in pre-sea­son and drew with them be­fore beat­ing them on penal­ties.

“They looked a good set-up. They have a man­ager with lots of ex­pe­ri­ence and they have started the sea­son well.

“It will be a hard game, but maybe that’s what we need.

“That al­ways seems to be the case with us.


Lad­brokes League Two: Ar­broath v An­nan, Ber­wick v East Stir­ling, East Fife v Stir­ling Al­bion, El­gin v CLYDE, QUEEN’S PARK v Mon­trose.

SJFA Su­per League Di­vi­sion One: Cly­de­bank vYoker, Cum­nock v Blan­tyre Vic­to­ria, Greenock v Cum­ber­nauld, Kil­win­ning Rangers v Shotts Bon Ac­cord , Kil­syth Rangers v Ar­drossan , RUTHER­GLEN GLEN­CAIRN v Largs This­tle.

Cen­tral Di­vi­sion Two: Ash­field v CAM­BUS­LANG RANGERS, La­nark United v Forth Wan­der­ers , Glas­gow Perthshire v Gart­cairn, Royal Al­bert v New­mains . BT Na­tional Rugby League Two: CAM­BUS­LANG v Garnock

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