Glens kids settle for a point again
Frustration for youngsters after second draw in row
Peter Ferguson Rutherglen Glencairn Under 21s were disappointed after their draw with Rossvale as it was the second week in a row they had failed to secure a win.
The young Glens maintained their unbeaten run in the league but hoped the dropped points would not be crucial in their pursuit of the title
Rossvale were on the front foot in the early stages without testing Glencairn goalkeeper Chris Truesdale, and it was the young Glens who made the first clear-cut chance of the game in the 11th minute.
A delightful reverse pass by Anton Phinn released Ryan Bennett in front of goal, but Rossvale ‘ keeper Ryan McKechnie reacted well to make a block and force the ball onto the outside of the post and wide.
Truesdale came to the rescue at the other end in the 13th minute when Glen Stokes’ corner from the right was met by a diving header by Thomas Waddell, but Truesdale made a fine block to keep the scoreline blank. The deadlock was broken in the 22nd minute, and it was a simple “route one” goal. A long ball from the back caught out the Rossvale defence, and Jason McArthur timed his run perfectly to dribble round McKechnie and roll the ball into the net.
The lead lasted less than a minute, however, as Rossvale bounced straight back onto level terms. A cross from the right was misjudged by the Glencairn central defence, leaving striker Sean Hughes free in front of goal to take an excellent first touch and roll the ball under Truesdale to make it 1-1.
Rossvale should have been ahead on the half hour mark when Stokes’ corner from the left found its way through to Jack Crumlish, who fired over the bar from six yards in front of goal. Truesdale made a terrific save to keep Glens level in the 76th minute. A corner from the left was not effectively cleared, and a snapshot from close range seemed a certain goal until the young Glencairn ‘keeper raised his hands to beat the ball away.
In the final few minutes of the match, McConville’s header was cleared off the line.
Rutherglen Glencairn u21s: Truesdale, Copeland, Roberts, McConville, McHendry, Salah (McGuiness), Bennett, Young, Wallace (Dallas), McArthur (McCorry), Phinn. ( Subs not used - Chrystal, Conroy, Lundie, Sproull.)
The senior Glens side, along with Cambuslang Rangers will hope for better luck this week after their matches were called off due to bad weather.
Paul McColl’s men were set to face Royal Albert at Somervell Park but the game was postponed after heavy rain on Saturday morning.Now Cambuslang will host Port Glasgow this weekend, who sit a point behind McColl’s team in second place.
The Glens, who were to take on Super League First Division title challengers Clydebank last Saturday, will play Shotts Bon Accord. Two points separate the teams in the table.
On a run Ryan Bennett in action against Rossvale
Draw Peter Copeland drives at the Rossvale defence