Su­per dream over for Glens

Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors - Peter Fer­gu­son at Guys Meadow

The Glens’dreams of pro­mo­tion to the Su­per Pre­mier League ended when they failed to win their fi­nal match away to Cum­ber­nauld United.

To the team’s credit how­ever, they never gave up hope at any point and they still had a chance of pro­mo­tion right un­til the ref­eree’s fi­nal whis­tle in the last game of the sea­son. Ev­ery­body at the club de­serves great credit for that achieve­ment alone.

Glen­cairn were miss­ing in­flu­en­tial play­ers in Andy Neil, Tony Fraser and Sean McGuire but Ryan Docherty re­turned to the start­ing line-up af­ter his own re­cent sus­pen­sion. Heavy rain fell upon Guys Meadow but luck­ily the pitch man­aged to ab­sorb the rain bet­ter than it did last time when the match was aban­doned for a wa­ter­logged pitch.

The big­gest chance of the first half for Glen­cairn came on the half hour mark as Fraser Team pounced on an er­ror by Terry Hewitt and raced through on goal, but home goal­keeper David Buchanan raced out to make a block.

United took the lead in the 41st minute with a stun­ning strike from a free kick. Jamie Hamil­ton was shown a yel­low for the foul and the ball from Paul Mur­phy’s set piece flew like an ar­row into the top cor­ner of the net.

The sec­ond half saw United de­fend­ing strongly and Glen­cairn huff­ing and puff­ing, but lack­ing in a gen­uine cut­ting edge. As the match went on Glen­cairn knew they had to gam­ble, and at one point there were five Glen­cairn play­ers left up­field when United had a cor­ner.

Alessan­dro Savarese went close with a low shot af­ter latch­ing onto the ball from Team’s burst through the de­fence, but Buchanan palmed the ball away.

Just as it looked like United were go­ing to hold on for a cru­cial three points, Glen­cairn equalised right on the 90th minute.

Jamie Hamil­ton’s free kick was rolled to Team on the edge of the penalty area, and he flicked the ball into the path of Savarese who struck a firm shot past Buchanan at his near post.

As the match moved deep into the stop­page time The Glens were awarded a free kick but the ball was caught by Buchanan and the ref blew for full-time.

Too late Alessan­dro Savarese

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