Seasiders sent home pack­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors - Peter Fer­gu­son at Cel­sius Sta­dium

Glen­cairn ..........3 Gir­van ............... 1

Glen­cairn’s hopes of pro­mo­tion re­main very much alive as they moved up to fourth place in the league ta­ble.

Gir­van’s early pres­sure dis­si­pated and Glen­cairn came into the game and the open­ing goal ar­rived when The Glens, un­usu­ally, went route one.

KP McAl­lis­ter’s long kick was not dealt with by the Gir­van de­fence and Fraser Team was on to the loose ball in a flash be­fore fizzing a left-foot shot on the drop which flashed past Scott John­stone.

Gir­van were rocked by this, and Glen­cairn threat­ened again al­most from the restart, when Jay McKay pounced on a mis­take to fire in a shot which John­stone saved on his line.

The 51st minute saw Gir­van pull level as they clin­i­cally ex­posed Glen­cairn on the break. The Glens con­ceded pos­ses­sion cheaply from a cor­ner at the other end, and sud­denly Gir­van had a three-on-three sit­u­a­tion as they raced for­ward. Michael Reilly timed his pass to Glen Ryan Docherty in ac­tion per­fec­tion to set up Robert Pat­ter­son, who took a touch be­fore scor­ing.

Just as in the first half, Gir­van’s pres­sure then faded and Glen­cairn re-as­serted their con­trol of the game as the hour mark ap­proached.

The 59th minute saw The Glens given a chance to go back in front through a penalty for a trip on Jamie Hamilton. But McKay, who had scored his last three spot kicks, saw his shot saved by John­stone div­ing full length to his left.

The Glens’heads could have gone down at that point, but to their credit they re­tained self be­lief.

The vis­i­tors passed up a huge chance to go in front but Pat­ter­son fired wide when he could have picked his spot.

The vis­i­tors were to re­gret that miss as Glen­cairn scored a ter­rific team goal in the 83rd minute to re-es­tab­lish their lead. A lovely pass­ing move on the edge of the penalty area ended with Del McNab set­ting up Hamilton for a pre­cise fin­ish across John­stone.

Hamilton dou­bled his tally and se­cured the points min­utes later when he dipped his shoul­der and fired a shot that de­flected past the help­less keeper.

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