Glens end Nock unbeaten run
Harvey’s men storm to first home league win
Willie Harvey this week insisted Glencairn’s objective for the rest of the season is to avoid relegation – despite moving three points closer to the play-off spots.
The Glens ended Cumnock’s 18game unbeaten run and secured their first home league win of the season in an action-packed afternoon.
Mark Duffy and Sean McGuire put the hosts 2-0 ahead at the break and a Jonathan Lindsay own goal looked to have killed the game off in the second half.
But after Duffy’s penalty miss on 57 minutes, the Glens conceded twice to set up a nervous finish.
However, following Lindsay’s sending off in stoppage time, McGuire and McNab both hit the net to seal the points and extend their gap over the bottom sides in the Super League First division.
Harvey was full of praise for his side but insisted they need to focus on safety before thinking about a playoff spot. He said: “Our objective is to stay in the division.
“If we hadn’t lost that goal against Maybole then we would be five points off third and in the mix for a play-off spot. But we aren’t looking that far ahead and we need to stay grounded.”
He added: “It was an unbelievable game. It had everything from highs to lows. For the people at the match, they certainly got their money’s worth.
“I was happy with the performance until we missed the penalty. For the next 20 minutes we seemed to panic but I don’t know why. I was pleased with the performance apart from that period.
“The first goal was an error from JC [Hutchison] and the second was a wonder strike which is a goal you love to see unless it’s against you. I had no problem with the defence. They stood strong and I couldn’t blame them for the goals.
“It was one of those games where we seem to raise our game. Any team that goes on an 18-game unbeaten run is worthy of winning leagues or cups but we were capable of beating them.
“I knew we were, because the last time we played them we destroyed them in the second half but we just couldn’t find the net.
“What people don’t realise is that we are a hard team to beat. We’ve got a great record ourselves.”
Harvey praised his team’s work ethic and Glencairn U-21 players Danny Salah and Paul Ross Caughey who were just two of several youngsters who have broken into the first team.
“The boys are working hard for each other and there is a cracking team spirit at the moment,” the gaffer added.
“It’s great to have some positivity about the place.
“We play Kilsyth on Saturday – the only team to have beaten us in the last seven games.”
The match at Duncansfield Park kicks off at 2pm before the Glens host Bellshill Athletic on Monday evening, kicking off at 6.45pm.
to the penalty spot after McGuire was upended just inside the area but Duffy pulled his strike wide of the post.
On 67 minutes‘Nock pulled a goal back through Aiden Malone and ten minutes from full-time, they scored an excellent goal to make it 3-2. Ronald’s corner from the left was cleared only as far as Josh Watt, and he cut in from the right before firing a low curling shot which flew past Hutchison and into the bottom corner.
As the match moved into stoppage time, Glencairn tried to run down the clock by holding the ball in play at the corner flag. Jonathon Lindsay then took a wild swipe at Batchelor and the referee sent him off.
With just minutes remaining, Cullen cleverly back-heeled the ball into the path of Sean McGuire, who produced his trademark chip into the far corner of the net.
The Glens put some icing on the cake in the 94th minute as Caughey released Del McNab clean through on goal, and he slipped the ball past Shepherd to make it 5-2. Happy Harvey Glencairn boss Willie Harvey