FERNHILL STAR IN GREAT DERBY WIN
United celebrate as Burnside make it four-in-a-row
Eastfield Star ........... 3 Fernhill United......... 4
Fernhill United came from behind to beat Eastfield Star in the Sunday Central AFL Division One.
They found themselves a goal down early on when a long ball up field found a Star striker who beat the offside trap and slotted home.
After a change in formation United got themselves back on level terms through a wonderful free kick from Ross Campbell who bent the ball into the far top corner.
Fernhill took the lead after 20 minutes through James Donnelly but Eastfield levelled the game soon after.
The visitors retook the lead through Campbell again after he beat two men on the left and calmly slotted past the keeper from a tight angle.
Just as Eastfield equalised again, Fernhill’s Logan conceded a penalty with 10 minutes to go. However, a wonderful save from Baxter meant Fernhill could break up field to clinch all three points as James Donnelly hit a great left-footed strike from 30 yards into the top corner.
Manager David Ramsay said: “I’m proud of the boys. They gave 100 per cent and battled till the very end and got the reward. It was a hard fought game with both sides giving their all.”
Meanwhile in Division 2C, Burnside United claimed their fourth win in a row with a 3-2 victory over Glasgow Rangers Amateurs. Rangers took the lead when a long ball forward that caused confusion in the United defence and allowed striker McClure to lob the onrushing keeper.
Burnside were level just before half time. Good work on the right led to Paul Hilston finding Andy Boyce in acres of space six yards out and he slotted the ball into the bottom corner.
United started the second half brightly and doubled their lead three minutes after the restart as Boyce turned provider, releasing Dev Gray who burst into the area and placed the ball past the keeper.
Burnside reshuffled their pack and soon grabbed their third. Darren Barr broke down the right and picked out Ross Mulraine in the box who shifted the ball onto his left and placed the ball perfectly in the corner beyond the keeper’s despairing dive.
Ten minutes from time Rangers had a lifeline as Harper cut inside from the left to score but Burnside held on for the win.
Burnside coach Jamie McIsaac said: “These are the games that define league champions. Last season this is the type of game we would have crumbled and lost but now we are battling for everything.
“Our squad is in a good place, we are playing good football, everyone is enjoying themselves and we are getting results. The top of the league is in our sight and the title remains our target.”
Cambuslang Football Academy lost 5 - 4 to Strathclyde Amateurs, while Albion defeated Castlemilk United in the President’s Cup quarter final.
On the line Burnside United defend a direct free kick.