A dis­ap­point­ing sea­son for Glens

Team bow out with de­feat in league cup

Rutherglen Reformer - - House & Home - Mur­ray Spooner

Willie Har­vey branded Glen­cairn’s sea­son as a dis­ap­point­ment after his side bowed out with a de­feat in the Cen­tral League Cup quar­ter fi­nal.

The Cel­sius Sta­dium boss was left a de­jected man when Gra­ham Gra­cie stepped up to fire Larkhall This­tle into the lead last Wed­nes­day with eight min­utes left on the clock.

The Jags hit­man proved to be a hand­ful for The Glens’ de­fence all evening as he also opened the scor­ing in the first half.

David Dun­nachie equalised in the 80th minute to set­tle his side’s nerves but his fel­low de­fen­sive part­ner, Ryan Docherty, was judged to have handled the ball in the penalty area just a minute later.

Har­vey was dis­ap­pointed his team had con­ceded so soon after scor­ing and his feel­ings were the same when he summed up The Glens’ sea­son as a whole.

“To lose a cup quar­ter fi­nal at home is never good,” he said

“There was a lot of tired play­ers out there and a lot of in­juries.

“There was the penalty de­ci­sion as well which I never thought was a penalty but I’m not go­ing to get bogged down in all that.

“I would have pre­ferred to have fin­ished the sea­son with a win at home.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed we haven’t ex­tended a sea­son but we’ve been on a big run of games in the past few weeks.

“Larkhall had a two to three week lay off pe­riod be­fore the match so they were fresh.

“We had been camped in their half for most of the game and I thought once we had equalised we would have went on to win the match.

“I wasn’t happy with how soon we lost a goal. You know you’re al­ways at your most vul­ner­a­ble when you’ve just scored.”

It proved to be a game too far for Glen­cairn with a squad who were stretched to the ab­so­lute limit.

Sev­eral play­ers played through in­juries out of ne­ces­sity after a sched­ule of 14 games in just over six weeks.

And even with a top half fin­ish in the Super League First, Har­vey was not pleased with how the sea­son turned out.

“It has been very dis­ap­point­ing. There has been a lot of hur­dles in our way this sea­son.

“But fair play to the guys who have stayed with the team. It was hard not to keep all the guys till the end.

“I was re­ally pleased with the at­ti­tude and the work rate of the play­ers who stayed with the team.

“I was dis­ap­pointed with the way the sea­son panned out and with go­ing out of the cups so early.”

Glen­cairn will now look to re­build for next sea­son to bet­ter their ef­forts in the 2015/16 cam­paign.

Once all fix­tures in the ju­nior leagues are tied up, Glen­cairn will be able to an­nounce their new sign­ings later this month. For in­stant Glens news, fol­low the club on twit­ter, @Glen­cairnFC.

Check out next week’s Re­former for Willie Har­vey’s Ruther­glen Glen­cairn end-of-sea­son round-up.

Search­ing for goal Mark Duffy in first half ac­tion- credit Peter Fer­gu­son

Un­happy Har­vey The Glen­cairn boss was more than dis­ap­pointed

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