Proud Har­vey hails play­ers

Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors -

Glen­cairn gaffer Wil­lie Har­vey was proud of his play­ers’ de­ter­mi­na­tion to get all three points on Satur­day.

Two goals in the fi­nal mo­ments of the game se­cured the vic­tory over Irvine Vic­to­ria who made count­less last-ditch blocks to keep out the Glens’ on­slaught.

Har­vey said: “I was re­lieved but it was more than our play de­served.

“We ab­so­lutely bat­tered Vics and it was just one of those cases where the goal­keeper put the shut­ters up and pulled off save af­ter save af­ter save.

“He could have ran away from the goal and the ball still would have hit him. It was stick­ing to him like glue.

“The game should have been dead and buried af­ter 25 min­utes. We could have been four or five up by then.

“It was look­ing like it was go­ing to be one of the those days.

“It was a mix of missed chances, good goal­keep­ing and last ditch de­fend­ing.

“The Irvine play­ers were throw­ing ev­ery­thing in the way of our shots but they are fight­ing for sur­vival af­ter all.

“I was proud of the play­ers be­cause they kept go­ing to the death.

“You could see last week af­ter we lost the goal against Shet­tle­ston that the heads and shoul­ders dropped but on Satur­day they were still push­ing and push­ing and it was wave af­ter wave of at­tack.”

Glen­cairn are three points off the fi­nal pro­mo­tion spot in the Su­per First Di­vi­sion but have jointly played the most games out of any other team in the league.

Satur­day’s tri­umph will give the play­ers some con­fi­dence and the fact they beat this week­end’ op­po­nents Gir­van in the re­verse fix­ture ear­lier this sea­son will also give them room for op­ti­mism.

The Seasiders are in the run­ning for pro­mo­tion and achieved a good re­sult at home to league lead­ers Kil­syth Rangers last week­end.

The 2-2 draw sets them up for an im­por­tant clash with Har­vey’s men at the Cel­sius Sta­dium.

The boss said: “They are in the hunt for pro­mo­tion but we beat them down there 3-0 last time. I don’t think it will be the same this time. I ex­pect they will set up a lit­tle dif­fer­ently.“

Re­ac­tion Wil­lie Har­vey

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