Hospital needed for three players
Major changes forced on Harvey in Cup defeat
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