United cel­e­brate as Burn­side make it four-in-a-row

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

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.

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