Boys pile on the pressure
Following on from two friendly victories over Giffnock SC Black and Ashfield, Glenvale returned to league action in confident mood ahead.
And rightfully so, having won convincingly 5- 0 in the last league game with Hampden Weir back in August.
It proved to be a more tight game with Hampden this time, with the Glenvale defence under pressure throughout the match – especially from set pieces.
Glenvale had the best chance of the first half with Owen Conaghan’s effort, after a strong run, coming back off the post.
But they would take the lead five minutes before the interval through an excellent free-kick from Lewis Brown.
Lining up from 25 yards out, the midfielder curled his effort over the wall and into the top right hand corner.
With the trio of Brown, Frazer McFadzean and Lewis Gillespie coming out on top against the excellent Hampden midfield, Glenvale dug in second half and showed tremendous team spirit and game maturity to see the game through.
Goalkeeper Nathan Lightfoot, back after injury, was colossal between the sticks and made two great saves in the second half and with his back four of Kyle Deans, Jack Bringan, Kyle Hill and Nathan MacKay strong in front of him they all deseved and merited the clean sheet.
Up front the link up play of Cammy Robertson and the pace offered by Conaghan and Callum Bonnar always gave Glenvale a dangerous edge and with subs Greg Chesney and Ross Bruce coming on to defend from the front they all played there part in ensuring the three points headed the Vale’s way.
Fit Nathan Lightfoot
Free kick Lewis Brown