De­feat for Glens helps Buffs to pro­mo­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Peter Fer­gu­son

Ruther­glen Glen­cairn ... 1 Kil­win­ning Rangers ...... 4

Glen­cairn’s league sea­son was wrapped up with a home de­feat to a highly mo­ti­vated Kil­win­ning side who came to the Cel­sius Sta­dium need­ing a win to keep their hopes of au­to­matic pro­mo­tion alive.

Af­ter an even start, with noth­ing to talk about in terms of goal­mouth in­ci­dent, Kil­win­ning took the lead in the sixth minute with the first se­ri­ous at­tempt on goal.

A cross­field pass picked out the run of striker Ross Ste­wart, and he cut in­side Josh McCorry be­fore fir­ing an ac­cu­rate fin­ish past JC Hutchi­son to make it 1-0 to The Buffs.

Per­haps that made the vis­i­tors feel it was go­ing to be an easy af­ter­noon for them, but they were made to think again a cou­ple of min­utes later as The Glens equalised.

Tony Fraser’s corner from the left was met by a front post run by top goal scorer Mark Batch­e­lor, and his glanc­ing header beat goal­keeper Adam Strain as it hit the un­der­side of the cross­bar and bounced in.

Kil­win­ning re­gained the lead in the 13th minute with a con­tro­ver­sial goal. Dean Agnew’s cross from the left was con­trolled well in the mid­dle by Ben Lewis.

He fired in a shot which was de­flected into the path of Ricky Han­vey, who looked to be off­side, but the flag stayed down and he fired home. The pace and trick­ery of Dean Agnew was now cre­at­ing open­ings for The Buffs, and he turned away from his marker in the 22nd minute be­fore fir­ing wide.

Agnew con­tin­ued to threaten and his dip­ping shot from 22 yards was watched by Hutchi­son and saved on the goal line.

He was de­nied again in the 27th minute with a full length dive by Hutchi­son to his left to parry away a curl­ing goal-bound shot.

Full backs McCorry and Eadie were re­placed by Peter Co­p­land and Mark McHendry be­fore the restart.

The Buffs’fans were call­ing for a penalty mid­way through the half as Ste­wart went down un­der a strong tackle by McGuire but the ref­eree waved away the ap­peals.

The lead was in­creased in the 70th minute as the Glens failed to clear a bounc­ing ball, and Ross Ste­wart swiv­elled to fire home off the in­side of the post. Dean Agnew got a re­ward for his fine work by pounc­ing on slack­ness and fir­ing in Kil­win­ning’s fourth.

Young guns Danny Salah in ac­tion

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