Glen­cairn’s hot home run is ended

Ruther­glen forced to set­tle for a draw in frus­trat­ing day

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Glen­cairn were left frus­trated by two ques­tion­able dis­al­lowed goals, missed chances and the wood­work as they failed to win at home for the first time this sea­son.

Neil­ston made a con­fi­dent start to the game and Chris McLaugh­lin went close with a ris­ing an­gled shot from dis­tance which flew just high and wide in the third minute.

A de­light­ful pass­ing move be­tween Ryan McArdle and Dale Simeon in the 26th minute al­most cre­ated the open­ing goal for Glen­cairn, Simeon’s cross pick­ing out Harry Mitchell who mis-cued his back post vol­ley with the goal at his mercy.

Neil­ston goal­keeper Marc Wil­son pro­duced a fine save in the 32nd minute as he palmed Simeon’s close range half vol­ley over the cross­bar.

The Glens should have been in front in the 34th minute as Gorm­ley un­der-hit the ball with an open goal, al­low­ing a de­fender to get back onto the line to hook clear.

The Glens were to re­gret th­ese missed chances as Neil­ston took the lead with a touch of bril­liance, Scott Smith vol­ley­ing the ball past the wrong-footed Whyte from 25 yards.

Glen­cairn thought they were level just be­fore the hour mark when Simeon’s cross was headed into the net at the back post by Mitchell, but an off­side flag cut the cel­e­bra­tions short.

The Glens didn’t al­low the dis­al­lowed goal to get their heads down, though, and a minute later they got their re­ward as Simeon was brought down just in­side the penalty area and the ref­eree had an easy de­ci­sion to blow for a spot kick.

Dale Simeon stepped up to send Wil­son the wrong way to make it 1-1.

The Glens con­tin­ued to pile for­ward, but the home con­tin­gent’s frus­tra­tion was in­ten­si­fied in the 80th minute as once again a goal was dis­al­lowed.

Smith’s loop­ing cross came in right un­der the cross­bar and Ryan Kerr nod­ded into the net, but the whis­tle was blown for an al­leged foul on Wil­son be­fore the ball was bun­dled over the goal line.

Glen­cairn’s frus­tra­tion was summed up in the fourth minute of added time. McKay raced for­ward from the half­way line and fired a shot from 18 yards out, which beat Wil­son but re­bounded from the base of the post.

Ruther­glen Glen­cairn :- Whyte, McGre­gor, Ryan Kerr, Don­ald­son, Grier, Fraser, McArdle (McKay), McGuire, Gorm­ley (Smith), Simeon, Mitchell. (Subs not used - Porter, Ste­vie Kerr, McLel­lan (gk).)

Other Scores: Arthurlie u21s 1 Ruther­glen Glen­cairn u21s 1 (League) (Scorer - An­ton Phinn) Ruther­glen Glen­cairn u19s 4 Stonelaw BC u19s 2 (League)

(Scor­ers - Nicholas McLaugh­lin 3, Ju­nior Kalokoh)

Ar­den­caple u16s 2 Ruther­glen Glen­cairn u16s 3 (League)

(Scor­ers - Ai­den McLaugh­lin, Nicky Byrne 2)

BSC Glas­gow u14s 0 Ruther­glen Glen­cairn u14s 1 (League)

(Scorer - Matthew Lo­gan)

Hard-fought De­spite plenty of ef­fort, Cam­bus­lang could not find the qual­ity needed Cam­bus­lang Rangers boss Paul McColl is on the hunt for added fire­power after a dis­ap­point­ing de­feat to Kil­win­ning last week­end.The Lang gaffer saw pro­lific front­man John Gem­mell head off in­jured with a calf knock, and he feels it high­lighted the lack of strik­ing op­tions at the club.And he’s hop­ing to bring in a new face be­fore this week­end’s clash with Rob Roy.He said:“We’re short on strik­ers and it is hard to for us to change things be­cause of that.“The other week against Cly­de­bank they were able to switch it around in a way that we can’t do at the mo­ment.“So I’m look­ing to bring some­one else in, that would give us an­other op­tion. I was at a game last night to look at a cou­ple of play­ers and we will see if we can get some­one in by the week­end.“Play­ers can per­form bet­ter if there’s some­one breath­ing down their necks.”McColl is op­ti­mistic that Gem­mell’s

Dis­ap­point­ment The Glens could only take a point on Satur­day

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