The Glens new faces’ get first outings
Rutherglen Glencairn supporters got their first look at the club’s summer signings as they travelled to Carluke Rovers for a pre-season friendly.
In what was the two sides’first ever meeting at the John Cumming Stadium, Glens goalkeeper Jack Baker and under-21 Scottish Cup winner Njabulo Ndlovu made their debuts in the 2-2 draw.
Striker Gary Smith also made an appearance from the subs bench for the final half hour.
Tony Fraser’s early free-kick opened the scoring for the visitors before Ian Watt was fouled in the box and blasted the awarded penalty home.
Stewart Hall re-established The Glens lead in the 72nd minute only for Aldin El-Zubaidi to equalise with his head three minutes later.
Glencairn boss Willie Harvey said:“I was happy with the workout considering it was our first match and with a few new players. We missed chances again and I was disappointed with the second goal that we lost, but apart from that I thought it was a good exercise for both sides.”
It didn’t take Glencairn long to open their goal-scoring account for pre-season as they took the lead in the second minute.
Jamie Hamilton’s incisive run at the heart of the defence was stopped by a clear foul on the edge of the penalty area and Fraser fired the free-kick past the wall
Exhibition match Stewart Hall (centre) with Del McNab and Jay McKay and into the corner of the net.
It seemed that Glencairn were going to dominate the game as Alessandro Savarese almost pounced a couple of minutes later but the home side were soon to be back on level terms when the referee ruled that Andy Neil had fouled striker Watt in the box.
Watt dusted himself down and stepped up to score past Baker.
There were four changes to the Glencairn line-up at the interval. KP McAllister took over in goals while Hall replaced Del McNab wide on the right.
The central midfield pairing of Hamilton and Ndlovu were given a rest and replaced by Ryan Bennett and Sean McGuire.
Savarese was replaced just after the hour mark as new signing Smith entered the field.
And they were soon back in front after that when they took advantage of a defensive mix-up.
Rovers substitute keeper David Thomson and a defender left the ball to each other and Hall nipped in to stroke the ball home from close range.
The lead did not last for long, however, when a corner in the 75th minute was nodded in by El-Zubaidi.