Glens will have it all to do

Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors - Peter Fer­gu­son at Fullar­ton Park

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

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