Glens out of rel­e­ga­tion places at last

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Peter Fer­gu­son

Glen­cairn’s good away form con­tin­ued as they earned their sec­ond suc­ces­sive away league win to re­main un­de­feated out­side of Ruther­glen in 2016.

Andy Neil dropped out of con­tention due to the knee in­jury he sus­tained last week. He was re­placed by un­der-21 de­fender Josh McCorry and Tony Fraser re­placed Danny Salah on the left of mid­field.

Cairns passed up a great op­por­tu­nity for Shotts as they broke from a Glen­cairn cor­ner. He tried to cross from the left with the out­side of his right foot and sent the ball straight into the grate­ful arms of Hutchi­son.

The ref­eree courted con­tro­versy in the 33rd minute as he blew for a free kick for hand­ball to Glen­cairn as Sean McGuire crossed from the right, de­spite Mark Duffy head­ing the ball into the net from the cross.

Glen­cairn got their re­ward in the 42nd minute. Muir’s pass was cut out by a de­fender and first to re­act to the loose ball was Mark Duffy, who won the break of the ball and raced through on goal be­fore fir­ing a com­posed fin­ish be­yond Whyte.

Glen­cairn started the sec­ond half in the same man­ner as they had ended the first and Duffy had the ball in the net again in the 46th minute but he was frus­trated by the as­sis­tant ref­eree’s off­side flag.

Play swung to the other end of the park and Danny McGui­ness pounced on a de­fen­sive slip but pulled his shot wide of the far post.

On 68 min­utes a cor­ner by Fraser bounced off a de­fender to­wards goal but the Shotts play­ers com­bined to keep the ball from cross­ing the line.

Shotts con­tin­ued to throw balls to­wards the penalty area, which Docherty and Dun­nachie dealt with on ev­ery oc­ca­sion.

Ruther­glen Glen­cairn: Hutchi­son, McCorry, Eadie, Docherty, Dun­nachie, McGuire, Mc­Nab (tri­al­ist), Batch­e­lor, Duffy, Alan Muir (Co­p­land), Fraser.

Win Glens con­tinue their good record away from home. Pic courstesy of www. freewebs.com/ruther­glen­g­len­cairn

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