Liam ar­rives with a bang

New striker hits dou­ble in first win for Glens

Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors - Mur­ray Spooner

Wil­lie Har­vey could not fault the per­for­mances of Glen­cairn’s lat­est sign­ings who made their com­pet­i­tive de­buts in the club’s first league win of the sea­son.

It did not take striker Liam Gorm­ley long to bag his first goals in a Glens shirt af­ter mak­ing the switch from ri­vals Cam­bus­lang Rangers less than 24 hours pre­vi­ously.

There was only 12 min­utes on the clock when the 24-year-old rolled in his first be­fore net­ting his se­cond six min­utes later to heap pres­sure on Kil­syth who also tried to sign him.

And while Jay McKay’s ef­fort and a dou­ble from Jamie Hamil­ton rounded off an en­joy­able afternoon for the hosts, another new face, exCam­bus­lang man Jordan Ley­den, also got off to a flyer for the Ruther­glen club.

Man­ager Har­vey said: “We knew what we were get­ting when we signed Liam. We were lack­ing that cut­ting edge and miss­ing chances.

“He did well with his two goals and could have had a few more af­ter their goal­keeper made a great save, and then Liam had another chance with his over­head kick in the first half.

“We had tried a cou­ple of times to get him – first when he left Kil­birnie and then when he left East Kil­bride in the Low­land League to go to Cam­bus­lang,

“But we al­ways seemed to be just that one phone call be­hind.

“I knew Kil­syth were in for him but the deal wasn’t over the line so we acted quickly and I’m de­lighted we man­aged to get him. He’ll bring

goals, he links up well with play­ers and has se­nior ex­pe­ri­ence so he is the full pack­age.

“We also brought in Jordan Ley­den who was named man of the match and I could not fault his per­for­mance.

“He was in­jured for most of last sea­son and didn’t sign again with Cam­bus­lang, so con­sid­er­ing how long he has been out of foot­ball, he was ex­cel­lent on the ball. His touch was good and so was his pass­ing.

“We had to bring him straight in be­cause of Tony Fraser’s calf prob­lem and kept him on to get him game time.”

Gorm­ley opened the scor­ing af­ter de­fender Craig McGre­gor picked out McKay who flicked the ball first time in be­hind the de­fence for his strike part­ner to roll it past the keeper.

Kil­syth missed a chance to equalise with a header that went over the bar from a cor­ner be­fore Gorm­ley scored again on 18 min­utes. A pass over the de­fence by Andy Neil picked out the will­ing run of the striker who won the bat­tle for the ball with goal­keeper David Kane and walked it into the net.

Glens were boss­ing the game and made their pres­sure count on 31 min­utes as Hamil­ton volleyed the ball home from the edge of the penalty area af­ter Ryan McAr­dle’s cor­ner was cleared.

Ley­den stung the palms of Kane with a rasp­ing shot just be­fore Kil­syth pulled a goal back in the 66th minute through Andy McLaugh­lin.

But The Glens soon re­stored their three-goal lead as McKay tapped the ball in on 77 min­utes and Hamil­ton’s im­pres­sive skill led to him find­ing the net three min­utes from full-time .

Har­vey joked: “I couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter re­sult but I sup­pose I could have asked for 5-0. The only dis­ap­point­ing thing was the goal we lost and we didn’t keep the clean sheet be­cause we haven’t got one so far. It takes us off the bot­tom and up five places.

“I was never pan­ick­ing any­way and I am all too happy for peo­ple to be writ­ing us off at the start of the sea­son. The same hap­pened last sea­son and we just missed out by four points on get­ting pro­moted.

“We don’t want to put in a good per­for­mance and then let our­selves down at Larkhall on Satur­day.

“I know that if teams at the top drop points and we pick up another few we will be right on their tails.”

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Win­ning feel­ing Jay McKay is con­grat­u­alted af­ter his goal High fiveJamie Hamil­ton got in on the act as he struck Glens fifth goal

Sweet fin­ish Del McNab cush­ioned the ball down for Jay McKay to con­vert Larkhal­lThis­tle 090917glens_09

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