Smith gets up and run­ning at Glens

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

Gary Smith net­ted his first two goals for Glen­cairn to send the club through to the fi­nal of the an­nual James Glen Memo­rial Tro­phy for the third time in four years.

The ex-Mother­well striker, who signed with the club ear­lier this month, proved a men­ace for the Stran­raer Un­der 20s defence as his dra­matic late win­ner proved to be de­ci­sive.

Af­ter a first half which saw sev­eral Glen­cairn penalty claims waved away, there were pos­i­tive early signs for The Glens in the sec­ond.

The dead­lock was bro­ken in the 48th minute as Ryan McAr­dle’s cor­ner from the right was nod­ded home by Smith at the near post.

De­spite The Glens look­ing the sharper of the two teams, the game changed in the 69th minute as Stran­raer pulled them­selves level via the penalty spot.

And just as the two dugouts were start­ing to think of who could take the spot kicks, the match was de­cided by a piece of bril­liance in the 90th minute. Young fed Smith on the left edge of the penalty area and the striker turned his marker out­side and then in­side be­fore drilling a de­ci­sive shot into the cor­ner of the net.

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