Har­vey ex­pects big things from Ben­nett

Hopes are high as U21 cap­tain steps up to se­niors

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports View - Mur­ray Spooner

Last sea­son’s un­der-21 cap­tain Ryan Ben­nett will be a big player for Glen­cairn this year, ac­cord­ing to his man­ager Wil­lie Har­vey.

The Glens mid­fielder was one of sev­eral mem­bers of the youth team that were called up to the se­nior side for the 2016/17 cam­paign.

He guided Glen­cairn to a West of Scot­land U21 tro­phy win on the fi­nal day of last sea­son.

And Har­vey be­lieves the young­ster will be an im­por­tant as­set for the team af­ter bag­ging his first goal of the sea­son against Vale of Clyde last week­end.

Ben­nett opened the scor­ing against Ian Cur­rie’s men in the sec­ond fix­ture of the Exsel Group Cen­tral Sec­tional League Cup.

“Ryan is a good player,” Har­vey said fol­low­ing the 2-1 victory.

“He was the un­der-21 cap­tain last year and we have high hopes for him this sea­son. We ex­pect him to be a big player of us.

“He can play up front and in mid­field and has a crack­ing at­ti­tude on the pitch and works re­ally hard.”

The Glens ran out win­ners against Vale in a game which saw both teams re­duced to 10 men.

Scott McManus can­celled out Ben­nett’s opener af­ter cap­i­tal­is­ing on ‘keeper Hutchi­son’s er­ror as he went to collect a high cross.

But Del McNab was on hand to knock in a re­bound fol­low­ing Fraser Team’s header that was par­ried by Vale stop­per Lynch.

Har­vey in­sisted the game was played in the right spirit, de­spite Sean McGuire and Haydn Cochrane be­ing sent for an early bath.

“Both play­ers made a couple of silly fouls and got two book­ings but it was in no way a dirty game,” he said.

“It was a case of the ref­eree over­re­act­ing with show­ing cards too early but credit it to him be­cause he had quite a good game.

“We should have had the game dead and buried by half-time. We hit the post and the bar a couple of times. Our pass­ing was good, our move­ment up front was great and we had a couple chances.

“In the sec­ond half we lost Sean McGuire right away and then they scored soon af­ter to give them a wee lift so it put us un­der the cosh for 10 min­utes. But af­ter that, when we had 10 men, we looked to be the bet­ter team.”

Tony Fraser’s in­volve­ment tor­mented the Vale de­fence all af­ter­noon and Har­vey told the Reformer he hopes the side can take ad­van­tage of his set piece de­liv­er­ies in the fu­ture.

He said: “Tony is se­nior player at the club with a great left foot so you know you’ll get a good de­liv­ery from him.

“He has been ter­rific the past couple of weeks and was caus­ing Vale prob­lems. We’ll hope to start scor­ing from those chances.”

Glen­cairn are due to play Blan­tyre Vic­to­ria tonight, Wed­nes­day, be­fore host­ing East Kil­bride This­tle in the fi­nal group game this Satur­day.

Although The Vics lost their open­ing game 3-2 to Vale, they re­sponded by beat­ing the Jags 6-1 last Wed­nes­day in a game watched by Wil­lie Har­vey.

He has a crack­ing at­ti­tude on the pitch and works re­ally hard

Key man Ryan Ben­nett last sea­son’s tro­phy

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