Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club


Johnstone Burgh 1 Rutherglen Glencairn 3

Monday 9th May 2016 - Euroscot Engineering Central League Cup Round Two

(Report by Peter Ferguson)

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Del McNab celebrates after opening the scoring early in the match.

The Glens moved comfortably into the 3rd round of the Euroscot Engineering Central League Cup with this win over Central District League Division One side Johnstone Burgh at Keanie Park. The result was Glencairn's first win in a knock-out cup tie for over two years, and the team will also face District League opposition in the next round as they travel to Dunipace.

Willie Harvey took the opportunity to rest a number of players in the middle of the hectic schedule of league matches, and there were first starts of the season for midfielder Colin Kemley and under 21 stars Ryan Bennett and Anthony Dempsey. Tony Fraser moved into a sweeper role for the evening, while Paddy Cullen made a rare start up front and was partnered by Del McNab.

There was almost a disastrous start for Glencairn after only thirty seconds as Fraser gave the ball away cheaply, but Dempsey made a good block to deny home striker Jack Heron. Gareth Brown headed the resulting cross over the crossbar as Burgh tried to impose themselves on the match early on. Heron had another chance to shoot in the 6th minute but sliced his shot well wide of the target from 18 yards.

With so many changes to the team, it was unsurprising that Glencairn took some time to settle and find their shape, but there were positive signs in the 7th minute when Cullen slipped McNab through on goal, and his shot beat goalkeeper Gavin Wallace but hit the outside of the post.

Glencairn opened the scoring in the 9th minute, as Kemley's inviting cross from the right found the head of Del McNab, and he nodded the ball down and into the corner of the net.

Derek McNab Del McNab

The lead was doubled in the 20th minute, and this time McNab became the architect as he cut past two defenders before slipping a pass through to Paddy Cullen who fired past Wallace at his near post.

A minute later it seemed that The Glens were on "easy street" as they made it 3-0. Kemley's cross picked out the head of Danny Salah, and he cushioned the ball down to Paddy Cullen who produced a decisive finish. There were strong hints of offside about the goal, but the referee allowed it to stand.

Paddy Cullen Paddy Cullen

It seemed that Glencairn could score with every attack at this stage, and good link play between McNab and Salah ended with the latter's curled effort being deflected narrowly wide.

Glencairn seemed to take their foot off the gas somewhat after the half hour, and Burgh went close with a cross which flew across the face of goal and narrowly wide. Graeme Brown sliced a clearance over his own crossbar in the 37th minute as Burgh battled to get back in the match, and Jason Hardie's shot was deflected narrowly wide only moments later.

Half time : 0-3

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Colin Kemley fires in the cross which led to Glencairn taking the lead.

There was a half time change for The Glens as Ryan Docherty replaced Mark Batchelor in central midfield, while the home side stuck with their starting line-up. Five minutes after the restart under 21 captain Bennett was taken off as a precaution after a heavy challenge, and he was replaced by Sean McGuire.

The referee, with no assistants to help him, made a huge blunder by blowing for offside against McNab as he ran through on goal in the 52nd minute, McNab being clearly yards onside as Cullen flicked the ball through to him.

Kemley's long throw in the 56th minute found its way through to Cullen who fired over the bar on the turn as he tried for his hat-trick. Heron went close at the other end three minutes later after he latched onto a loose ball and fired a yard over the crossbar from 20 yards out.

The intensity of the early spell of goals had long since gone out of Glencairn's play, and Burgh were looking dangerous as they came forward at the mid point of the second half. Hardie's shot deflected off his own player and narrowly wide, before Burgh made their first substitution with Chris Doherty replacing Chris McCormick.

Glencairn made their final change as striker Mark Duffy replaced Dempsey, with Docherty dropping back into defence and McNab now playing in central midfield.

Burgh should have pulled a goal back in the 64th minute when Brown's header was turned over the bar from close range by Derek Carson. Kemley's long throw from the right was proving to be an interesting option for Glencairn, and it created a chance for Salah to shoot in the 71st minute, the ball being tipped round the post by Wallace. Two minute later another throw by Kemley was head flicked by McNab and headed off the line by defender Paul Sweeney.

Bugh showed that they hadn't given up the fight as they pulled a goal back in the 74th minute. The ball came across the defence from right to left, and Jonathan McStay produced a fine finish to fire past JC Hutchison and make it 3-1.

Glencairn responded by looking to re-establish their three-goal lead, McNab slicing a shot a few inches wide, and then Duffy was denied by a good save from Wallace before firing the rebound across the face of goal. Cullen was still searching for his hat trick, and Wallace denied him with a fine diving save in the 80th minute.

Burgh had a great chance to set up a nervous ending to the match, but Hardie's fine cross was completely missed at the back post by Doherty who took a fresh air swipe at the ball.

As the match moved towards a close, it was Glencairn on the front foot again. Wallace denied McGuire with another save, before the referee waved away penalty appeals in the first minute of stoppage time when Cullen went down inside the area. McGuire and Duffy had further efforts as the referee added on almost five minutes of time, but there were to be no more goals and The Glens moved into round three with a bit to spare on the night.

Johnstone Burgh :- Wallace, Sweeney, Milne, Carson, Brown, Perrie, McCormick (Doherty), Fitzpatrick, Heron, Hardie, McStay. (Subs not used - Dinnen, McGarrigle, Smith, Brolly.)

Rutherglen Glencairn :- Hutchison, Brown, Dempsey (Duffy), Fraser, Dunnachie, Batchelor (Docherty), Kemley, Bennett (McGuire), Cullen, McNab, Salah. (Subs not used - Alan Muir, Thomson (gk).)

Man of the match - (chosen by Alan Thomson) Paddy Cullen.


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