Glens bag vi­tal win to es­cape the drop

Re­sult gives Ruther­glen breath­ing space in league

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

Peter Fer­gu­son The morale of the Glen­cairn squad and sup­port­ers were given a huge boost as the team earned a thor­oughly con­vinc­ing win away to Yoker Ath­letic.

Al­though they are still in the rel­e­ga­tion zone, the re­sult lifted the Glens up one place in the league ta­ble and they are now only five points be­hind fifth place, with half of the league sea­son still to be played.

The Glens were boosted de­fen­sively as Andy Neil was avail­able af­ter a three­match sus­pen­sion, which took three months to serve, and Ryan Docherty also re­turned af­ter a bout of ill­ness. The pair re­placed Graeme Brown who missed out with in­jury, and Kenny Had­den whose loan pe­riod with the club has now ex­pired.

It took just four min­utes for the dead­lock to be bro­ken as Mark Duffy pounced on a slip by the home de­fence, and he showed good pace and com­po­sure be­fore fir­ing a left foot shot past Camp­bell to make it 1-0.

McNab was caus­ing con­cerns on the right wing for the Yoker back line, and his cross al­most picked out Duffy in the 19th minute, but Camp­bell smoth­ered the ball well at the striker’s feet.

The same two play­ers com­bined again in the 23rd minute and this time to bet­ter ef­fect as Glen­cairn dou­bled their lead. McNab won pos­ses­sion in his own half and then fired an in­ci­sive pass through the cen­tre of the de­fence to Mark Duffy who picked his spot in the net, his fourth goal in three matches.

The trav­el­ling sup­port were only too aware that their team had held a twogoal lead at this point last week against Cum­ber­nauld United but had ul­ti­mately failed to win the game, so no­body on the ter­rac­ing was tak­ing any­thing for granted at this stage.

Just as it seemed the half-time whis­tle was com­ing, the re­peat script theme con­tin­ued as Yoker scored a goal just be­fore the break. Mark McManus fired in a mis-hit right footed cross, and the ball scuffed off the shin of de­fender David Dun­nachie and flashed past Hutchi­son at his near post to make it 2-1.

But af­ter the break in the 65th minute, the Glens fans breathed a sigh of re­lief. A ball over the top down the right saw McNab threaten once more and, af­ter turn­ing in­side his marker, he lifted a cross right onto the head of Mark Batch­e­lor who nod­ded the ball de­ci­sively past Camp­bell to make it 3-1.

Any lin­ger­ing doubts were re­moved in the 74th minute as Glen­cairn in­creased the lead to 4-1. A lovely pass­ing move ended with Duffy slip­ping the ball through to Mark Batch­e­lor, whose ini­tial shot was well saved by Camp­bell, but the mid­fielder fol­lowed up to score on the re­bound.

Glen­cairn man­ager Wil­lie Har­vey was de­lighted at the re­sult,

He said: “It’s a wel­come win, but it’s only one win.

“We need a few more of them to get us up the ta­ble, but the middle of the ta­ble is com­ing back to­wards us and we still have half a sea­son to play. We were good to­day, ev­ery­body played their part, and we had some good in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances out there, but it’s all about the squad.

“The spirit in the chang­ing is much bet­ter than it was a few weeks ago, and we’re keen to keep that go­ing.”

The Glens host Kil­syth Rangers at the Cel­sius Sta­dium on Satur­day, 2pm.

We need a few more wins to get us

up the ta­ble

Ruther­glen Glen­cairn Un­der 21s will try to se­cure the first of a po­ten­tial four tro­phies this week­end as they play in the fi­nal of the West Re­gion League Cup.

The op­po­si­tion will be league cham­pi­onship ri­vals Tower Hearts u21s.

The teams have met once so far this sea­son in the league, back on Satur­day, Septem­ber 10, 2015, in what was Tower’s home game. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, with Ross McConville scor­ing for the young Glens.

The Glens Un­der 21 Co-man­ager, Alex McArthur said:“The boys are feel­ing very good about the match. We’ve only lost once this year and that was in the Scot­tish Cup so I can’t be too crit­i­cal of one bad de­feat.

“The play­ers have played re­ally well this year and we have added to the squad from last sea­son. They now have the chance to em­u­late the team that won the tre­ble in 2013.

“Tower Hearts are a very skil­ful team and I Goal Mark Duffy cel­e­brates fir­ing The Glens into the lead early in the match

know the coach­ing staff re­ally well. They’ll have their play­ers well up for this one.

“They lost at the week­end and, al­though it comes in the week lead­ing up to the cup fi­nal, there is no bet­ter match to get them back on track.

“I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to this game and it will bring Un­der 21 foot­ball to the fore.

“I think the neu­tral will be very im­pressed be­cause I hear that McKenna Park is in great con­di­tion for the boys to get the ball down.”

Glen­cairn cur­rently sit in se­cond place in the ta­ble, only one point be­hind lead­ers Pol­lok Ju­ve­niles, but with four games in hand, and the young Glens are still un­beaten in the league this sea­son.

Tower Hearts slipped up at the week­end with their first league de­feat at home to John­stone Burgh, leav­ing them sit­ting in third place, six points be­hind the Glens with only one game in hand.

The sides are also due to meet in the quar­ter fi­nal of the Golden Goals Cup, and both are still also com­pet­ing for the West of Scot­land Cup, as well as Tower be­ing through to the semi fi­nals of the Scot­tish Cup.

The match will take place at McKenna Park, home of St An­thony’s, on Sun­day at 2pm.

Dou­ble Glen­cairn’s Mark Duffy

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