Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club


Rutherglen Glencairn 2 Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 0

Saturday 26th June 2021 - Pre-season bounce match

Goal scorers - Tommy Lone (36 minutes), Keirin Coleman (50 minutes).

Rutherglen Glencairn :- McGinley, Coleman, Schoneville, O'Byrne, Miller, McGuire, Michael Lone, Wingate, McNab, Mitchell, Tommy Lone. (Subs - Shields, Henderson, Gormley, Hall, Fraser, McLellan (gk).)

Glencairn Man of the Match - (chosen by Gerry King) - Scott Schoneville.

Yellow card - Sean McGuire.

Glencairn got their first win of pre-season as they edged a tight affair in a closed-doors bounce match against fellow Premier Division side Kirkintilloch Rob Roy at Glasgow Green Football Centre. It was a much improved performance from The Glens after the midweek defeat to Cambuslang Rangers which had been the team's first match for over eight months, and there were clear signs of enhanced fitness and team understanding in this lunchtime clash.

New goalkeeper signing Matt McGinley made his first appearance and there were also starts for left back Scott Schoneville and midfielder Tommy Lone, while former Glens right back Stewart Hall was a substitute, having trained with the squad for most of pre-season so far.

Rob Roy were on the front foot early on and looked the sharper side in the early stages, but they failed to turn their territorial advatage into clear cut chances. The only save McGinley had to make in the first half was to smother a low shot on the turn after 28 minutes.

Glencairn started to control proceedings as the match moved into its second quarter, with Derek McNab going close before Harry Mitchell headed narrowly wide. McNab was chopped down on the edge of the penalty area as he tried to run through on goal, but the foul didn't deny Glencairn the opening goal. Tommy Lone stepped up to curl the ball round the wall and wrong-foot the goalkeeper to make it 1-0 after 36 minutes (pictured above).

There were five changes to the team at half time for The Glens, but the re-shaped eleven extended the lead in the 50th minute. Tommy Lone's free kick from the right just past the halfway line was lauched diagonally into the penalty area, and it was flicked on into the path of Keirin Coleman who slid in to stab the ball over the goal line from close range.

The match remained a fairly even affair, but Glencairn defended strongly with Coleman and Callum Shields coping well in the air. Rob Roy had the ball in the net but the strike was disallowed as the ball had crossed the bye line before the cross. McGinley pulled off an instinctive near post save to keep his clean sheet intact, and The Glens saw out the rest of the match to give the players' and supporters' morale a timely boost.