Wil­lie re­lieved with win

Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors -

Glen­cairn man­ager Wil­lie Har­vey ad­mit­ted he was a re­lived man to see his side come away from rel­e­ga­tion­haunted Irvine Vic­to­ria with all three points.

The win, which came courtesy of a Jay McKay goal, keeps Glens hopes of au­to­matic pro­mo­tion very much alive and lifted them to sec­ond in the league.

Glens have of­ten strug­gled against teams per­ceived as be­ing weaker but they turned out a pro­fes­sional job to re­turn to Ayr­shire with the win.

Har­vey said:“It was a re­lief but I never felt we were un­der any real pres­sure. Our goal­keeper didn’t have a save of note to make.

“At 1-0 it is al­ways squeaky bum time, any­thing can hap­pen. All it takes is a penalty or a ball into the box that isn’t dealt with. But we played well and cre­ated a num­ber of chances. If we win our last three games 1-0 then we will have done our job.”

Glens re­mark­able sea­son could yet have a glo­ri­ous fin­ish if they beat Mary­hill tonight (Wed­nes­day), Irvine Meadow on Satur­day and then Cum­ber­nauld.

If that hap­pens, they will move on to 49 points but with seven teams in­volved in the bat­tle for pro­mo­tion that may not be enough to go up.

For now, the math­e­mat­ics will be put to one side as Glens con­cen­trate on set­ting a tar­get – and Har­vey hopes their chances have not al­ready been scup­pered by early-sea­son form.

“The teams with five games to play will need to win four of them while teams with six to play will need to win five. The big prob­lem is it is not in our hands.

“It would have been if we had beaten Shet­tle­son a few weeks ago. We could have reached 52 points.

“This is where the draws are com­ing back to bite us.

“We should have had this league done and dusted but we are still in it and that says a lot about the lads.

“We just need to keep do­ing what we are do­ing.

“Last week we spoke to the guys and told them they had five cup fi­nals left, well that’s them won two of them.

“Mary­hill will be a hard game, they are on a good run and are fight­ing for their lives. But we will go there with the right at­ti­tude.”

Scorer Jay McKay notched the only goal of the game

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