‘Awk­ward’ squad deny lead­ers vic­tory

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Strath­clyde Amat .... 3 Burn­side United ....... 3

Burn­side United man­ager Jamie McIs­sac was pleased with his side’s re­silience af­ter they held Strath­clyde Am­a­teurs to a 3-3 draw.

With United not hav­ing a game last week they went into Sun­day’s match away to un­beaten Strath­clyde who had yet to drop a point from their pre­vi­ous eight games.

Two great fly­ing saves from Rab Dun­can in the Burn­side net kept Strath­clyde at bay un­til the half hour mark when Mark McGee was re­leased into the Burn­side box. His shot was de­flected onto the post but he was quick­est to the re­bound to score.

The game was quickly level as a long ball for­ward from Paul Hil­ston held up in the box which al­lowed Burn­side’s pro­lific striker Andy Boyce to beat ‘keeper Christo­pher Braid­wood to the ball. He nod­ded the ball past him be­fore tap­ping into an empty net.

The se­cond half was a more even af­fair with both teams try­ing to seize the ini­tia­tive. Burn­side came close to a se­cond as Andy Boyce had his pow­er­ful low drive well saved by Braid­wood.

The next blow was struck by Strath­clyde as they saw a one-on-one chance saved by Rab Dun­can but from the re­sult­ing cor­ner Barry Kim­mett rose high­est to head home at the near post.

Straight from the kick off Strath­clyde dou­bled their lead with their third of the af­ter­noon, ex­ploit­ing space down the Burn­side right and a low cross was turned in by Liam Wat­son.

The game was to take an­other twist at the kick off. Andy Boyce played the ball straight to David McKenna on the United left and he beat the right-back with a nut­meg be­fore fir­ing the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner from a whole 25 yards out.

This kept United’s hopes alive but it also had the ef­fect of spurring on Strath­clyde. They thought they had re­stored their two goal ad­van­tage as they rounded Burn­side’s Dun­can but Ste­vie Smith was on hand to block the shot at the near post be­fore col­lid­ing with the wood­work.

United man­aged to go up the other end and win a cor­ner af­ter good play from Dar­ren Barr. Barr took the cor­ner him­self and found Ian Henry at the front post whose flick on was met by Burn­side cap­tain Ross Hol­land to vol­ley in from close range.

Both teams pushed for the win in the dy­ing mo­ments but each had to set­tle for a point with Burn­side be­ing the hap­pier of the two teams.

United coach McIsaac said: “We showed great char­ac­ter again and it’s a great feel­ing to keep this club’s un­beaten record run go­ing. We do need to start cut­ting out silly mis­takes which are cost­ing us goals be­cause other teams might pun­ish us fur­ther.

“That said, last sea­son af­ter they went 3-1 up we would have rolled over but now we are a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion and are an awk­ward team to play.”

Lev­eller Boyce equalises in the first half

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