Hos­pi­tal needed for three play­ers

Ma­jor changes forced on Har­vey in Cup de­feat

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

Ruther­glen Glen­cairn boss Wil­lie Har­vey re­vealed that los­ing three play­ers to in­jury in their 4-2 de­feat to Cly­de­bank in the New Coin Hold­ings West of Scot­land Cup was a ma­jor blow.

The Glens, who haven’t won a game since Au­gust 22, lost three men in their first-round clash and each had to be taken to hos­pi­tal.

Two min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val, Glen­cairn were awarded a penalty when Jonny Boal was caught late af­ter he crossed from the bye-line in the box.

Boal had to be car­ried off and De­nis McLaugh­lin scored from the penalty spot to make it 2-1.

Mark McCarry re­placed Boal af­ter the break, and he will be out of the team for an es­ti­mated four-to-six weeks with an­kle lig­a­ment dam­age.

More trou­ble soon fol­lowed af­ter the break when Adam Shaw and David Dun­nachie both jumped with com­mit­ment to head clear but their heads clashed, leav­ing both de­fend­ers on the ground bleed­ing. Wil­lie told the Re­former: “It is a ma­jor blow for us. It looks like two bro­ken noses but we’ll find out more this week.

“We ended up hav­ing to make sub­sti­tu­tions that were dic­tated to us.

“Our hands were tied but we had to change the for­ma­tion to a 3-4-3 and it gave us an ex­tra man up front.

“I couldn’t fault the play­ers in the first 30 min­utes. They dealt with the pres­sure well.

“We held in and got back into the game be­fore half time.

“The boys re­ally tucked in and didn’t put their heads down. All the play­ers worked re­ally re­ally hard.

“Cly­de­bank are the best side we have played this year. It was just that, on the day, they took their chances and we didn’t. I’m dis­ap­pointed for the play­ers.

“Cly­de­bank de­served the win but I thought we could have taken some­thing from the game.

“It was a much bet­ter per­for­mance from the pre­vi­ous week.”

Glen­cairn take on New­mains United in a friendly match this evening (Wed­nes­day) and Wil­lie will as­sess the dam­age done to his squad from Satur­day’s match.

The Glens will then re­turn to league ac­tion against fel­low strug­glers May­bole, who sit above them but only on goal dif­fer­ence.

Wil­lie added: ”It will be a hard game. They have a strong and phys­i­cal team and we need to be ready for it.

“It’s at their park but hope­fully the team can turn our luck around.

“What we need to do is break our duck and get a win.

“I’ve been get­ting 18 play­ers at train­ing and they are work­ing re­ally hard and at a good tempo.

“They are up­beat and hope­fully we can get a vic­tory.”

The Glens will also have an eye on next week’s match as they travel to Neil­ston in the sec­ond round of the Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup on Oc­to­ber 24.

Four min­utes af­ter half-time a clash of heads be­tween Shaw and Dun­nachie saw both play­ers be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal.

Cly­de­bank killed the con­test in the 71st minute when a cross was headed out by McGuire but only into the path of Phil Bar­clay, who drilled the ball back through a crowd of play­ers and into the net past a blinded Kerr. It was 4-1 five min­utes later when Bar­clay’s pass re­leased Ryan Holms who slipped the ball past Kerr from 16 yards.

In the 79th minute Glen’s McGuire was tripped in the penalty area and the ref­eree again pointed to the spot. McLaugh­lin stepped up again, but drilled his shot against the cross­bar. The Glens scored a sec­ond goal in the 85th minute to give their fans hope of a grand­stand fin­ish as McLaugh­lin’s cross found its way through to Mark McCarry who pro­duced a pre­cise fin­ish at the back post to make it 4-2.

Glen­cairn: Kerr, Shaw (Brown), Eadie, Doyle, Dun­nachie (McGuire), Dean Muir, Ni­sanci, Alan Muir, McLaugh­lin, Tait, Boal (McCarry). (Subs not used – Batch­e­lor, Cullen.) Bat­tle Brian Eadie tries to take pos­ses­sion

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