Spoils shared in Rutherglen derby
Burnside United ...... 4 Rutherglen Rovers .. 4
Rutherglen Rovers fought back from two goals down to score late on and claim a point at the hands of Burnside United in a thrilling local derby.
The hosts drew first blood as they played the ball out from defence. Ross Mulraine passed to Paul Hilston in midfield before he released striker Andy Boyce and he charged forward to slot past the onrushing ‘keeper.
They found themselves 2-0 up as they won a corner and Paul Hilston knocked in from close range following Grant Campbell’s header that was saved.
Despite the set- back, the goals seemed to spur the Rovers on and they began to up their game with Daniel Hart hitting the post from a header.
Shortly after, Burnside failed to clear their lines on the edge of the area and Frank Brady’s deflected shot fell to Mark MacDonald to finish past Rab Duncan.
On the stroke of half-time Rutherglen were level as good play on the edge of the United box saw Paul Skivington find space and score.
United started the second half brightly and had their third goal from the penalty spot. Rovers keeper Brian Welsh was adjudged to have brought down Darren Barr in the box and Andy Boyce tucked home the resulting spot kick.
Jamie McIsaac’s men were quick to restore their two goal advantage and managed it after Grant Campbell was sent clear down the left and he squared the ball for Darren Barr to tap into an empty net.
Soon after, Alan Harkness burst into the United box through a gap on the right and fired into the far corner to reduce the deficit to one.
Paul Skivington saw a curling effort strike the upright and roll away but five minutes from time Rovers had their equaliser. James Wilson was afforded the time to turn in the box from a Rovers’ corner, and he struck a shot into the near post.
In the other match in Division 2C, Cambuslang Football Academy lost 2-0 to Provanmill Thistle.
Fernhill United kept up their push for the Division One title with a 4-2 win over Kirkintilloch Rob Roy.
After McGill was fouled in the box, Lee Carracher slotted home from the penalty spot to give his side the lead.
McGill turned goalscorer to put United 2-1 up with a debut goal.
Cameron added to the scoreline for the hosts before Carracher sealed the three points with an outstanding piece of brilliance. He cut in from the right leaving two men in his wake before unleashing a thunderbolt from 20 yards that crashed off the underside of the bar and over the line.
Meanwhile, Kings Park won 6- 1 against Bishopbriggs in Division 2B while Calderside knocked Castlemilk Dynamo out of the Arrow Cars Cup quarter final with a 1-0 win.
Springhall Spartans won 5- 1 at home to Crownpoint United. Andrew Cunningham, Scott Faulds, Mark Robertson and two goals from Jordan Hamilton secured the victory.
In the Presidents Cup quarter final Castlemilk United lost 4-3 to Albion.
Eight goal thriller Burnside’s winger Darren Barr scores United’s fourth