Young Glens clinch Golden semi spot

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Ruther­glen Glen­cairn Un­der 21s moved into the semi fi­nal of the Golden Goals Cup with a hard-fought 1-0 away win over league ti­tle ri­vals Tower Hearts.

Glen­cairn ‘keeper Chris Trues­dale was called into ac­tion on more oc­ca­sions than he would have liked and did well to keep out Hearts in the open­ing 45 min­utes.

The ma­jor talk­ing point of the match ar­rived in the 56th minute. McGui­ness slipped a clever pass into the penalty area to Phinn, and his low shot was cleared off the goal line. Ben­nett fired in the re­bound, which was blocked again on the goal line by a de­fender’s arm, be­fore the ball was fi­nally lashed into the net by a Glen­cairn player.

How­ever, the ref­eree had whis­tled for a penalty kick be­fore the ball was fired over the line, so the goal was dis­al­lowed and a penalty kick given.

It seemed that the ref­eree had no op­tion un­der the laws of the game other than to show a red card to the de­fender for the hand­ball for which the penalty had been given, but he as­ton­ished the en­tire crowd by only show­ing a yel­low to the de­fender.

Jus­tice was done, how­ever, as An­ton Phinn stepped up to de­ci­sively drill the ball past McBain from the penalty spot to give the young Glens a pre­cious 1-0 lead.

The home side went their clos­est yet in the 66th minute as a di­ag­o­nal ball over the head of Young picked out Dale Simeon, and his low shot beat Trues­dale but re­bounded from the out­side of the post.

Simeon should have done bet­ter in the 73rd minute when he was given a free header in front of goal from a cross from the left, but he seemed to take his eye off the ball and missed the ball com­pletely, to the re­lief of the Glen­cairn de­fence.

Tower’s best chance of the game ar­rived a minute later, as Kyle Gal­lagher robbed the ball off David­son and ran through on goal.

Trues­dale got enough of a touch on the ball to slow the mo­men­tum of the ball, al­low­ing Roberts to sprint back onto the goal line to hook the ball clear.

Ruther­glen Glen­cairn fi­nally recorded their first home league win of the sea­son as they fired five goals past Cum­nock Juniors.

With four play­ers still miss­ing through in­jury, Harvey gave a vote of con­fi­dence to the start­ing 11 from the match against May­bole two weeks pre­vi­ously.

A curl­ing free kick from the right in the 25th minute was met by Mark Duffy and he nod­ded the ball firmly past Shep­herd at his near post to put Glen­cairn 1-0 in front.

The lead was dou­bled in the 32nd minute when Sean McGuire took a touch on his chest be­fore plac­ing a pre­cise left foot vol­ley from 20 yards into the cor­ner of the goal.

There were gasps from both sets of fans in the 43rd minute when Cum­nock’s Ste­vie Craw­ford tried to clear a cross for a cor­ner, but suc­ceeded only in hit­ting the ball against his own post and it rolled along the goal line into the grate­ful hands of Shep­herd.

The lead was in­creased to 3-0 in the 50th minute. Duffy fired the ball across goal, and de­fender Jonathon Lind­say slid in to de­flect the ball into the roof of his own net.

Two min­utes later and the ref­eree pointed Heads up Alan Muir bat­tles for first half pos­ses­sion

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