Late win­ner is solid gold

Pro­mo­tion hopes are kept alive says boss

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

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.”

Big on belief Ruther­glen Glen­cairn boss Wil­lie Har­vey 110816har­vey_04

High hopes The Glens have now won seven of their last eight matches 051116glen­cairn_03

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