Cup game is no dis­trac­tion

Shet­tle­ston ........... 0 Glen­cairn .............. 4

Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors - Peter Fer­gu­son at Green­field Park

Any thoughts that Glen­cairn would see this Cen­tral League Cup tie as a dis­trac­tion in re­gards to the pro­mo­tion quest were very quickly wiped out.

The Glens blew away Shet­tle­ston in an open­ing half-hour blitz to se­cure their place in the third round.

Wil­lie Har­vey made five changes to the side which drew with Irvine Meadow. The sus­pended Ryan Docherty was re­placed by Craig McGre­gor and goal­keeper KP McAl­lis­ter was given a rare out­ing in place of JC Hutchi­son.

Craig John­ston came into mid­field while Alessan­dro Savarese and Paddy Cullen started up front.

The Glens didn’t waste any time in stat­ing their intentions in the game as they went on the front foot. They took the lead in­side the open­ing minute when Ste­wart Hall squared the ball across goal where Savarese was wait­ing to slide in to fire home.

Cullen dou­bled the lead when he lifted the ball over the keeper from just out­side the penalty area.

Shet­tle­ston were shocked into ac­tion and tried to re­spond but saw two shots saved by McAl­lis­ter.

And just as the home side thought they were get­ting a foothold in the game, the match was ef­fec­tively ended as a con­test as Glen­cairn made it 3-0 with a break­away goal in the 16th minute. Savarese’s shot hit the near post and the ball was not cleared from dan­ger. It then fell to Craig John­ston who took a touch be­fore pick­ing his spot in the net.

Things got worse for the‘Town sup­port­ers as Glen­cairn in­cred­i­bly made it 4-0 after only 27 min­utes. The free-kick for the foul on Tony Fraser was lifted into the penalty area and when it was not dealt with by the home de­fence, Cullen linked with Jamie Hunter who drilled the ball past the keeper.

With a four-goal lead, it was not sur­pris­ing the in­ten­sity of the sec­ond half did not match the first.

The best chance of the half came when per­sis­tent play down the right by Hall in the 69th minute ended with him set­ting up Savarese for a driven an­gled shot which flew just over the cross­bar.

Wing play Ste­wart Hall posed a threat to the‘Town de­fence

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