Glens make it a per­fect start to the sea­son

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Glen­cairn got off to the per­fect start in the West Re­gion Su­per League Di­vi­sion One as they com­fort­ably de­feated Ren­frew.

Willie Harvey gave a vote of con­fi­dence to the start­ing team who had played well in the mid­week cup tie against Pol­lok.

And it took them just seven min­utes to re­pay that faith.

Fraser Team out-paced David Gor­don be­fore rolling the ball home.

Glen­cairn sensed their chance to turn the screw, and Jamie Hamil­ton’s cross was just out of the reach of Del McNab at the back post.

More trick­ery by Hamil­ton set up a shoot­ing chance for Jay McKay which was blocked away, and Sean McGuire lifted the re­bound ef­fort over the bar.

Glens lost some of their early im­pe­tus and ‘Frew en­joyed a few open­ings.

But the home side found their feet again and dou­bled their lead just be­fore half-time.

Hamil­ton’s cor­ner from the left was met by the head of McKay, and his ef­fort re­bounded from the bar into the path of Fraser Team who smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

The loss of the sec­ond goal just be­fore the in­ter­val was clearly a big blow to the visi­tors, and they came out for the sec­ond half with a bit more pur­pose, Kieran Healy fir­ing just over in the 49th minute af­ter a spell of pres­sure.

Don­ald­son was with­drawn af­ter pick­ing up an in­jury and was re­placed in cen­tral de­fence by Ryan Docherty.

As the visi­tors pushed for­ward gaps started to ap­pear in their back­line and McKay curled a shot just wide.

There was a big let-off for Glen­cairn at the mid point of the sec­ond half as Docherty was caught out and Mor­ton only had Hutchi­son to beat, but he fired wide of goal from 12 yards.

Glen­cairn pun­ished Ren­frew for that miss only a few min­utes later as the lead was in­creased to 3-0 in the 72nd minute.

A de­light­ful pass by McKay re­leased Fraser Team in be­hind the de­fence, and he pro­duced a calm fin­ish for his hat trick. Ren­frew were given a chink of hope in the 77th minute as they pulled a goal back with a real slice of good for­tune.

Lee Cochrane fired in a free kick which took a huge de­flec­tion and flashed into the net off the in­side of the post. Ruther­glen Glen­cairn: Hutchi­son, Hall, Fraser, Don­ald­son (Docherty), McGregor, McGuire (Salah), McNab, Marshall, Team (McAr­dle), Hamil­ton, McKay.

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