Trialists shine in friendly win
Glencairn kept the playing squad ticking over as 19 players were used in a midweek friendly win over Newmains United.
Manager Willie Harvey cast his eye over two under-21 stars and two trialists who played for just under an hour each.
Glencairn started the match at a furious pace and took the lead with their first attempt on goal. Brian Eadie’s cross from the left was controlled on the edge of the box by Trialist No.9, who took a touch before firing a low shot under goalkeeper Gareth Halford.
The Glens doubled their lead in the 24th minute with a quality finish as Mark Batchelor’s crossed ball was controlled by Trialist No.10 on his chest. He turned his marker before firing a firm shot across Halford into the far corner of the net.
After 55 minutes, substitute McLaughlin clipped a delightful pass through to Brown on the overlap for him to cross to Adam Nisanci at the back post to make it 3-0.
United gave themselves some hope of a comeback in the 62nd minute when they pulled a goal back through Mark Cassidy.
The Glens got their first league win of the season with a gritty display away to Maybole Juniors.
There were four changes to the starting line-up from last week’s cup defeat with Sean McGuire, Andy Neil, Graeme Brown and Mark Batchelor returning. Both sides took some time to feel each other out in the early stages with little goal threat at either end.
The home side were playing a very high defensive line and the offside trap was sprung in the 15th minute as Glencairn took the lead. Tait did well to retain possession before slipping the ball to Mark Batchelor and the midfielder fired the ball past Weir from 14 yards.
There was a real stroke of good fortune for Glencairn in the 20th minute when a cross was headed by Michael Reilly and the ball rebounded onto the inside of the far post and bounced straight into the arms of the keeper. Near thing Paul Doyle’s header goes just over
Friendly fun Glens won in midweek