Blow as Medda hold out

Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors - Peter Fer­gu­son at Cel­sius Sta­dium

The Glens re­main at the top of the league ta­ble as the sea­son moves in to its clos­ing stages.

But Satur­day’s re­sult was a blow to Glen­cairn’s pro­mo­tion hopes as the teams with games in hand con­tinue to hover just below them.

Wil­lie Har­vey named an un­changed side from the team that de­feated Mary­hill 3-1 in mid­week, with the same sub­sti­tutes as well, with in­flu­en­tial mid­fielder Sean McGuire still side­lined by in­jury.

The match was ev­ery bit as im­por­tant to Meadow, who knew that noth­ing less than a win was re­quired if they were to re­main in con­tention for pro­mo­tion them­selves.

Glen­cairn started pos­i­tively, and Meadow goal­keeper Shaun New­man was at the heart of the ac­tion straight away as he raced out of his area and body-checked Ste­wart Hall as the wide man lobbed the ball over him. New­man was shown a yel­low card be­fore he par­ried away Tony Fraser’s driven free kick and Ryan Docherty’s re­bound ef­fort was blocked for a cor­ner kick.

The next big chance of the game ar­rived in the 12th minute as Fraser Team latched onto a ball over the top. How­ever, just as he swung his right leg back to hit his shot, the ball hit off his stand­ing left leg and rolled out of play.

Team’s bad luck con­tin­ued in the 38th minute as Jay McKay’s long throw came right into the six-yard box where it hit the striker’s knee right in front of goal and re­bounded wide of the tar­get.

JC Hutchi­son made his first save on the brink of half-time as he dived full length to his right to beat away a near post shot.

A goal seemed cer­tain in the 71st minute when Jamie Hamil­ton’s driv­ing run and weighted pass set up Team who was de­nied by the studs of New­man and his shot was de­flected wide.

Irvine’s Conor Brown­ing and Glens Craig John­ston were booked as the ref­eree con­tin­ued to flash cards right to the end. And a harsh ear­lier book­ing for Andy Neil came back to haunt him in the 94th minute when he threw the ball in dissent at a foul. It re­sulted in a sec­ond yel­low fol­lowed by a red for the Glen­cairn cap­tain.

Go­ing close Fraser Team failed to con­vert chances that came his way

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