Late winner is solid gold
Promotion hopes are kept alive says boss
Willie Harvey believes Saturday’s three points have handed everyone at Rutherglen Glencairn a lift and kept their promotion hopes well and truly alive.
The Celsius Stadium boss was jumping with delight on the touchline when substitute Alessandro Savarese clinched an important win for The Glens in the 89th minute at Petershill.
His expertly taken strike sent fans and players into wild celebrations following a lackluster second- half performance from the visitors.
Strikers Jay McKay and Fraser Team put Harvey’s men into a handsome 2-0 lead at half-time. But a penalty stop from JC Hutchison didn’t deter a revitalised Peasy who brought the match back to 2-2 after 77 minutes.
But former Cambuslang Rangers striker Savarese replaced goalscorer Team and won all three points for Glencairn who replaced Petershill in the promotion play-off position.
Harvey asked his players to treat the match just like a cup final and admitted that’s exactly what he got from them. “I was absolutely delighted,” he said. “I was disappointed with the second half performance but I was over the moon with the result.
“It has given everyone at the club a lift. It shows the spirit of the team to come back from losing two goals and I feel we are working together and pulling in the right direction.
“We spoke to them before the game on Saturday and told them they have
five cup finals and the first one started today.
“They started really well. In the first half they did everything right .
“At half-time we said they had won the half but they hadn’t won the game.
“We knew that Petershill would come out at 100 miles an hour and try to get back into the game so we expected that. I was more disappointed in the manner of play rather than the goals we lost.
“We were not doing the same things we were doing in the first half. We were losing the ball and not making the passes. We were just waiting for Petershill to come back at us each time they got the ball.”
Harvey praised goalkeeper Hutchison for preventing the opposition from scoring an early second-half goal and also the impact of young striker Savarese.
He said: “JC plays a big part in the team and is a good character in the dressing room. It was a really good penalty save, it was right down in the corner and he’s done well to get to it.
“It was a brilliant finish into the corner from Alessandro too. We work on that move, the breakaway, at training. It can be easy to be marked if you are three on three but it did cause them problems.”
Momentum is now firmly with Glencairn going into their last four games of the league campaign.
Saturday’s victory was their seventh in eight matches but Harvey is not getting too carried away. He admitted this weekend’s opponents Irvine Victoria are all but doomed but despite being threatened with relegation, he is not taking the Vics for granted.
Harvey reckons Stevie Wilson and Co could be out for revenge after they led the reverse fixture 1-0 up until the final stages before a late collapse.
“Irvine Vics will be a really hard game,” he said. “Although it looks like they’ll be relegated, these are the games that tend to be harder for us for some reason.
“It’s a tight park so they will be able to close us down so we need to be even sharper and pass quicker.
“They’ll maybe be looking for a bit of revenge as well after what happened the last time. They thought they could hold out and get the three points but we got two late goals including a penalty which I thought was a stonewaller but they didn’t.”
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