Mis­takes cost Glens sil­ver­ware

No in­crease in squad num­bers says gaf­fer

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors - Peter Fer­gu­son at Vale­field Park

Glen­cairn gaf­fer Wil­lie Harvey has re­vealed he has no plans to add to his squad for the sea­son ahead.

The Glens boss was pleased with the per­for­mances over the two matches at the pre-sea­son tour­na­ment at Kil­birnie Lade­side’s Vale­field Park de­spite two mis­takes cost­ing them some sil­ver­ware.

And with the early sign­ings gelling well with the original squad, Harvey ad­mit­ted there was no need for any ad­di­tions.

He said: “I am very happy with the squad of play­ers we have. I don’t plan on adding to it.

“Hav­ing said that, if some­thing spe­cial came along, that’s not to say we wouldn’t go for it.”

There were 17 play­ers avail­able for se­lec­tion for the fi­nal of the James Glen Memo­rial Tro­phy as the squad con­tin­ued their league and cup prepa­ra­tion.

How­ever, new sign­ings Jack Baker, Njab­ulo Ndlovu and Gary Smith were un­avail­able, along with mid­fielder Ryan McAr­dle.

The Glen­cairn goal­keeper KP McAl­lis­ter had his con­cen­tra­tion tested twice in­side the open­ing minute as Larkhall tried to catch him out early on. Gra­ham Gra­cie tried a spec­u­la­tive shot af­ter only nine sec­onds which McAl­lis­ter saved eas­ily. But the stop­per had to dive to his right af­ter 46 sec­onds to beat away a shot by Mark McKeever.

This­tle con­tin­ued to threaten as Mark Canning fired over the cross­bar but The Glens al­most took the lead when Fraser Team’s shot re­bounded from the post. Jamie Hamil­ton and Jay McKay were then de­nied in an ac­tion­packed open­ing ten min­utes.

Larkhall took the lead in the 19th minute as they took ad­van­tage of in­de­ci­sion be­tween Neil and Rhys Don­ald­son, al­low­ing Jonathan McStay space to fire past McAl­lis­ter from ten yards.

Glen­cairn man­ager Harvey made four changes to the line-up at the in­ter­val which in­cluded Alex Grier who came on for his first ap­pear­ance for the first team, re­plac­ing Craig McGre­gor.

The Glens were level in the 54th minute, and it’s fair to say it was a touch of good for­tune. Hamil­ton’s clever flick cre­ated space on the left for An­thony Dempsey to cross, but the ball flew over ev­ery­body in­clud­ing Thom­son into the top right hand cor­ner of the net to make it 1-1.

Larkhall re­sponded quickly but McKeever’s strike was palmed away by McAl­lis­ter and in the 62nd minute Andy Neil out mus­cled David Reid in­side the penalty area. The ref­eree how­ever, waved away the This­tle penalty claims be­fore Boyd scuffed a shot wide from 20 yards at the other end.

Glen­cairn had been dom­i­nat­ing the game for the pre­vi­ous 20 min­utes and at this stage it seemed that a win­ner was only likely to come at one end.

How­ever, the flow of a game can turn in a flash, and Glen­cairn gifted the lead back to Larkhall in the 76th minute.

McAl­lis­ter rolled a goal kick to Neil who seemed un­aware that it was com­ing, and in nipped Jonathan McStay to steal the ball and roll it un­der McAl­lis­ter to put This­tle 2-1 in front.

Harvey com­mented: “It was very worth­while but it was about get­ting play­ers game time.

“I was dis­ap­pointed in how we lost the two goals on Sun­day but that was the only dis­ap­point­ing thing over the week­end.”

Pre-sea­son Tony Fraser links with Jay McKay and Fraser Team early in the match

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