Glens hold the league lead­ers

Boss Har­vey de­lighted with new sign­ings

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Mur­ray Spooner

Ruther­glen Glen­cairn boss Wil­lie Har­vey was pleased with a point against table­top­pers Largs This­tle but ad­mit­ted that his team should have taken all three af­ter an ex­cel­lent se­cond half.

In only their se­cond game since De­cem­ber 19 and their first away match of the year, the Glens took the lead through debu­tant sign­ing Mark Duffy but con­ceded twice be­fore the break.

How­ever, an­other new sign­ing, Derek McNab, equalised on the stroke of half-time to claim a draw in a game the man­ager be­lieves they should have won.

Har­vey praised McNab, who ar­rived from Drum­chapel Am­a­teurs last week and Ryan Docherty, who joined from Les­ma­hagow Ju­niors and bagged the man of the match award for his solid per­for­mance in de­fence on Satur­day.

“It was a very good point but we are dis­ap­pointed with the fact we have only got one in­stead of three,” Har­vey said.

“I felt we were the bet­ter team in the se­cond half and I was re­ally pleased with the at­ti­tude of all the play­ers.

“I was very dis­ap­pointed with how quickly we lost our lead and Hutchi­son will be dis­ap­pointed as well be­cause he was com­ing for ev­ery cross and deal­ing with them re­ally well.

“But un­for­tu­nately the one time he comes to punch the ball, it lands at the feet of their player who grate­fully took the chance to score.

“It was quite a quick game and very much end-to-end. Largs tend to play the ball for­ward very quickly, there’s not a lot of pass­ing and mov­ing but we dealt well with it.

“Our ‘keeper only had one save to make in the first half, which was pretty even, but ba­sic mis­takes led to their two goals.

“We con­ceded the two goals but un­like in other matches this sea­son where we might have col­lapsed, we equalised and I felt we should have won the game.

“The de­fence was out­stand­ing and was led by Ryan Docherty who was voted man of the match.

“Derek McNab scored the se­cond goal and was caus­ing prob­lems on both the left and right wings which we’ve not had much of at Glen­cairn this sea­son.

“Al­though Mark Duffy has been at the club for a few weeks now, he made his com­pet­i­tive de­but and scored. He had a tough job on Satur­day be­cause he was lead­ing the line on his own with the five in mid­field.

“It was pleas­ing for the three new play­ers who have got their Glen­cairn ca­reer off to a very good start.”

The Glens now face Cum­ber­nauld United this Satur­day in their next match at the Cel­sius Sta­dium.

The vis­i­tors cur­rently sit in sixth spot in the Su­per League First Divi­sion but were on the wrong side of a penalty shoot-out last week­end af­ter draw­ing 1-1 with Kil­win­ning Rangers in the West of Scot­land Cup.

Com­ment­ing on the up­com­ing match, Har­vey added: “Cum­ber­nauld will be a very tough game for us. They play very sharp and fast foot­ball and beat us 2-1 last time.

“Due to the amount of chances we got, we should have taken a draw but Satur­day will be just as dif­fi­cult.

“They play the game at a fast pace and are a strong team as well.”

Phillips’cross was punched out by Hutchi­son, but it fell straight to Alan Frizzell, who fired the ball back past the keeper and into the net.

Largs edged in front in the 39th minute. Phillips’de­liv­ery caused the prob­lem again as his swirling cor­ner from the right found Alan Gil­bride, who scored with a vol­ley from a cou­ple of yards out.

But Glen­cairn equalised on the stroke of half time. Batch­e­lor was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and the ball broke into the path of Derek McNab, who took a touch and then drilled the ball un­der Lundy.

Glen­cairn started the se­cond half very pos­i­tively and Alan Muir’s curled ef­fort hit the top of the cross­bar.

A ter­rific chal­lenge by Docherty de­nied what seemed a cer­tain goal for Gra­ham Muir of Largs and then McClure headed inches wide as the home side pressed for a win­ner.

The fi­nal big chance of the game fell to Glen­cairn with Duffy al­most grab­bing the win­ner in the 89th minute but his de­flected shot hit the cross­bar. Ruther­glen Glen­cairn : Hutchi­son, Brown, Had­den, Eadie, Docherty, McGuire, McNab (Tri­al­ist), Batch­e­lor, Tait (Salah), Duffy, Alan Muir (Copeland). New sign­ing Ryan Docherty made his de­but for the Glens

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