Young Glens feel loss

Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors - Peter Fer­gu­son at Green­field Park

Glen­cairn Un­der-21s missed out on ad­ding to their re­cent Scot­tish Cup tri­umph as they lost out in the fi­nal of the Golden Goals Cup.

The young Glens squad was stretched to the limit as only six of the play­ers who started the fi­nal two weeks ago were avail­able due to in­juries, sus­pen­sions and hol­i­days.

This­tle were the team cre­at­ing all the early chances but Glens’first chance came in the 21st minute as Eoghan McKe­own slipped a pass through to An­ton Phinn, but goal­keeper Ryan Kelly raced out to block.

Play swung back to the other end and Gra­ham out-mus­cled Kyle Chrys­tal be­fore hit­ting a dip­ping shot just over.

Steins con­tin­ued on the front foot at the start of the sec­ond half, and there were claims for a penalty in the open­ing minute but the ref waved them away.

Glen­cairn went close in the 52nd minute but Njabulo Ndlovu stabbed his shot over the bar on the stretch.

The pres­sure con­tin­ued and a cru­cial block by Ndlovu de­nied Smith be­fore play swung back to at the other end as McKe­own cut in­side his marker be­fore fir­ing a low shot straight at Ryan Kelly.

The dead­lock was fi­nally bro­ken in the 62nd minute when Steins’Cameron McGhee went down in the box and This­tle cap­tain Liam Tag­gart fired the re­sul­tant penalty home to make it 1-0.

Phinn’s chip was palmed away by Kelly min­utes later and he al­most lobbed the‘keeper late on but was crowded out.

McGui­ness scuffed his shot in the 87th minute as Steins held on to lift the tro­phy.

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