Glencairn on a roll
Harvey’s men extend gap with three wins in-a-row
Rutherglen Glencairn moved into the top half of the league table as they made it three wins in-a-row and five wins out of seven league matches with victory over Bellshill Athletic.
Willie Harvey made only one change from the starting team with Tony Fraser dropping out with a hamstring injury and being replaced on the left of midfield by Danny Salah.
Ryan Docherty’s surging runs out of defence have become a feature in recent matches, and he surged forward in the fifth minute and forced a save out of Bellshill keeper Mark Peat. A couple of minutes later a curling freekick by Alan Muir was saved by Peat.
Bellshill’s first proper effort on goal came in the 12th minute, Gary McGrath’s glancing header being saved by home keeper JC Hutchison.
The deadlock was broken in the 16th minute with a well-worked goal. Del McNab found space on the right of midfield and surged forward, before slipping a perfectly timed pass into the path of Mark Batchelor, who took an excellent first touch before drilling his shot under Peat to make it 1-0 to Glencairn.
Muir’s corner in the 41st minute was driven in low and flashed right across goal with nobody able to apply the finish.
Both teams were unchanged for the start of the second half and Glencairn were pressed back.
Bellshill found their way to goal for an equaliser in the 52nd minute.
A cross lifted into the penalty area wasn’t dealt with by the home defence, and Lee Nichol swivelled to shoot from eight yards out. The ball rebounded from the post, then rebounded off the unfortunate JC Hutchison and flew into the corner of the goalkeeper’s own net.
As the match moved into its final quarter, Duffy cut along the byline and squared across goal but the ball was hooked off the line just before Eadie could poke it into the net.
McGrath was continuing to prove to be a danger to the home defence, and he got his head to a cross by Chris McQuade in the 76th minute but his effort flew well wide of goal.
But the Glens took the lead again two minutes later with a delightful team goal.
Hutchison started the move by rolling the ball to Docherty, who in turn fed Alan Muir. The midfielder looked up and slipped a lovely pass through the defence to Batchelor, who rounded the goalkeeper and then chipped the ball perfectly onto the head of Sean McGuire, who simply couldn’t miss from six yards out.
Two minutes later Peat produced an outstanding save to deny Duffy as the big striker latched onto a ball over the top of the defence, the goalkeeper tipping Duffy’s drilled shot round the post.
The home supporters held their breath in the 85th minute as it looked like Hutchison’s nightmare was going to repeat itself. McQuade fired in a rocket of a shot which rebounded from the bar and once again hit Hutchison. The ball rolled agonisingly towards goal, but Eadie raced in to the rescue to hook the ball off the goal line.
Bellshill almost grabbed an equaliser in the 93rd minute. A long throw from the left bounced about the penalty area, before a shot was stabbed towards goal and deflected inches wide of the post.
The Glens held on for the three points, and it lifted the side up two places to seventh in the league table.
Chances Alan Muir went close for Glencairn in the first half
On a run Ryan Docherty bursts forward from defence