Harvey wel­comes a ‘gritty per­for­mance’

Glen­cairn now pre­pare for Neil­ston cup clash

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Mur­ray Spooner

Ruther­glen Glen­cairn man­ager Wil­lie Harvey was de­lighted with his side’s per­for­mance af­ter se­cur­ing their first league win of the sea­son.

The Glens held on for all three points at May­bole af­ter Graeme Brown fired them into the lead with 14 min­utes left on the clock.

Wil­lie said: “It was great to get the mon­key off our back.

“We played very well and it was a hard-fought win and a real gritty per­for­mance. Some­times you have just got to win ugly.

“The win ob­vi­ously helps and it gives the play­ers a wee lift.

“The bus jour­ney home from May­bole was bet­ter than it could have been.

“It was a rolled- up sleeves per­for­mance and we took our chances when they came.

“I was dis­ap­pointed in the goal we lost af­ter half time but we kept work­ing and got what we de­served. I think we de­served the win.

“We had to dig deep but the goal we lost in the sec­ond half let us down.

“May­bole were chas­ing the game once we got in front and pushed three up front. There was a wee bit of pres­sure but the defence did well.

“Any luck that we got I thought we de­served be­cause in other games we’ve had this sea­son, we’ve not had any luck.

“I’m ab­so­lutely proud of that per­for­mance, there are very few games this sea­son that I have not been proud of. Some of them we have not car­ried any luck.”

Glen­cairn travel to Neil­ston Ju­niors in the Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup this week­end hop­ing to ad­vance to round three.

The Glens’ op­po­nents have won two of their open­ing six games in the Cen­tral Dis­trict First Divi­sion and are ex­pected to field a strong but young side.

Wil­lie in­sisted that there are no easy games in Ju­nior foot­ball and that his play­ers are fo­cused on the task at hand in or­der to grab a win on Satur­day.

He added: “It’s not all doom and gloom, we’ve only lost two games.

“It cer­tainly helps hav­ing won the pre­vi­ous game and we are now look­ing for­ward to the next .

“Neil­ston were in our divi­sion last year. They have quite a young team and were de­cent in mid­field and up front but if we keep our defence tidy, we’ll be in with a shout.

“There are no easy games and it is cer­tainly not an easy game away to Neil­ston.

“We’ll work on things in train­ing this week and take them into Satur­day.”

Wil­lie will be with­out in­jured mid­fielder Jonny Boal and de­fend­ers Adam Shaw and David Dun­nachie who all needed to be sent to hospi­tal af­ter their New Coin Hold­ings West of Scot­land Cup game against Clydebank last week.

Cap­tain Brian Eadie is also a doubt af­ter suf­fer­ing an an­kle knock against May­bole.

The good work of the first half by Glen­cairn was un­done by a sloppy start to the sec­ond, as May­bole equalised in the 47th minute. Ai­dan Con­nor skipped past a few tack­les on the edge of the area be­fore slip­ping the ball into the box, and the ball was crossed to the back post where Andy Steven­son slid in to con­vert from close range.

The Glens made a dou­ble change in the 70th minute and tri­al­ist No.12 came on up front to re­place Tait. The tri­al­ist in­tro­duced a fresh threat to the home defence, and he was heav­ily in­volved in the move which led to Glen­cairn re­gain­ing the lead in the 76th minute.

McLaugh­lin took pos­ses­sion on the edge of the penalty area, and he lifted a lovely cross onto the head of tri­al­ist No.12.

The div­ing header was par­ried away by Weir, but first to re­act to the loose ball was Graeme Brown who drilled the ball past the goalie at his near post to put Glens 2-1 up.

The Glen­cairn defence con­tin­ued to stand firm and held on for a vi­tal win.

Glen­cairn : Hutchi­son, Brown, Eadie (Fraser), Doyle, Neil, McGuire, Ni­sanci, Batch­e­lor, McLaugh­lin, Tait (Tri­al­ist), Alan Muir (O’Con­nor). Chal­lenge De­nis McLaugh­lin holds off May­bole de­fender

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