Tri­al­ists shine in friendly win

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

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

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