Glens end Nock un­beaten run

Harvey’s men storm to first home league win

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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