The Glens new faces’ get first out­ings

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetimeextra - Peter Fer­gu­son

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.

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