Glens will have it all to do
Glencairn have work to do if they are to qualify from this season’s Central Sectional League Cup group after a disappointing defeat on the opening day of the season away to Vale of Clyde.
It was a disjointed performance from The Glens in a match that ended with ten players on each side, and the pressure is now on to get back to winning ways with three matches remaining in the group.
Assistant Joe Pryce gave competitive debuts to new signings Michael Hardie and Gary Smith, who was partnered up front by Alessandro Savarese.
The home side had the ball in the net after nine minutes as Calum Ridge fired an angled shot under KP McAllister, but the referee disallowed the goal for an earlier foul.
However, the deadlock was broken in the 16th minute as Vale found a way through the Glencairn defence with their fourth corner in succession. A cross from the left was met by the head of Iain Chisholm right in front of goal and he couldn’t miss as he nodded the ball in.
Ryan McArdle was booked for dissent after believing he should have won a goal kick. The ref awarded Vale a corner and doubled their lead from the resulting cross, Chisholm once again scoring from a header.
It seemed that there was no way back for Glencairn in the 65th minute as McArdle received his marching orders for a second yellow card offence, tugging back Vale sub Darren Hogan.
Despite the set back and with McAllister making a string of stops at one end, The Glens pulled one back at the other in the 76th minute. Njabulo Ndlovu found space 25 yards from goal to blast a rising shot into the top left hand corner.
The Glens’hopes of a comeback were boosted further with eight minutes remaining as Vale were also reduced to ten men, Ridge blatantly kicked the ball away to waste time right under the referee’s nose to earn himself a yellow card, his second of the match.
Savarese’s tame shot in front of goal was easily saved by Scott late on while the last chance of the game fell to Hardie whose effort flew a yard high and wide of the goal as Vale held on.
Opening day defeatMichael Hardie