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Rutherglen Glencairn 0 Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 3

Monday 22nd February 2016 - Friendly match

(Report by Peter Ferguson)

Ryan Bennett was one of five under 21 players in the first team squad this evening.

Two goals in the final three minutes gave an unfair reflection to the scoreline as The Glens took on Super Premier League title contenders Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in a friendly match at Glasgow Green. Glencairn manager Willie Harvey took the opportunity to introduce five of the under 21 squad to the first team for this match, with each getting 45 minutes of action and two of them starting the match.

Rob Roy were on the front foot from early in the game, with Kevin Watt glancing a header wide in the 3rd minute followed by Lee Gallagher pulling a shot wide of the target from 20 yards out.

Rob Roy were upset when the referee waved play on when Steven Aitken out-paced defender Ross McConville and the big centre half slightly tugged the striker's shirt, but the referee wasn't impressed by Aitken taking the easy option of falling to the turf unnecessarily instead of shooting, and play was waved on.

Glencairn goalkeeper JC Hutchison made a stunning save in the 14th minute to deny Watt from point blank range, the striker volleying from right in front of goal, but somehow Hutchison managed to get a strong hand to the ball and parry it away from goal, bringing deserved praise from Rob Roy manager Stewart Maxwell.

There hadn't been much in the way of threat from Glencairn at the other end until the 20th minute, when Kenny Hadden's crossfield pass picked out Tony Fraser, and his cross had to be palmed out from under the bar by Rob Roy no.1 Jonny Murdoch, with striker Dale Wallace lurking behind for any slip-up.

Reece Pearson was next to go close for Rob Roy, heading over from Gallagher's cross, and the same two players combined on the half hour mark, a low cross this time picking out Pearson at the back post but the shot being sliced wide from 8 yards out.

Rob Roy took a deserved lead in the 31st minute, as an incisive pass through the centre of the defence picked out the run from deep of Jordan McGuire, and he slipped the ball past Hutchison to open the scoring.

Glencairn had an opportunity to equalise in the 37th minute as a ball over the top released Mark Tait through on goal, but the referee missed the tug on his shirt by defender Paul Finnigan and waved play on as Finnigan used the foul to recover the ball.

Half time : 0-1

Glencairn made no fewer than eight personnel changes at the interval, including the introduction of three more under 21 players. Rob Roy also made changes, and the flow of the game changed quite considerably after the break into a much more even contest.

Rob Roy were first to threaten when McGuire got free onto a ball over the top, but David Dunnachie got over to make an excellent goal-saving tackle. Glencairn responded at the other end with Ryan Bennett setting up Alan Muir for a shot which he pulled wide of the target.

The Glens exerted a spell of pressure as the match approached the mid point of the second half. Mark Duffy missed his kick in front of goal, and then Tait fired across goal only to see his cross cut out by David Barr as Duffy waited to pounce. The momentum continued as Bennett fired in a shot which was saved by Murdoch on his goal line.

Rob Roy upped the tempo again, and Willie Sawyers tried to lob substitute goalkeeper Robert Kerr, but didn't get enough loft on the effort and Kerr saved comfortably above his head. A minute later under 21 defender Anthony Dempsey made a superbly timed tackle to deny what seemed a certin goal for Stephen Maguire.

Hadden was wasteful for Glencairn on a sweeping counter-attack as Glencairn had players lining up for a pass, but the defender chose to shoot instead and his effort was tame and straight at Murdoch.

Danny Boyle went close with a header for Rob Roy, before David Quinn and Hadden missed the target narrowly at the other end for Glencairn as the match continued to flow from end to end. Hadden went close again with a drilled shot which flew just over the bar, and Kerr made an excellent save at the other end to deny Barr's header.

Disaster struck for young defender Anthony Dempsey in the 87th minute when a cross from the left came over Kerr and bounced off the defender and into his own net to make it 2-0. Two minutes later a harsh reading was put on the scoreline as Steven Aitken converted from close range to make it 3-0 for Rob Roy.

Rutherglen Glencairn :- Hutchison (Kerr), Hadden, Eadie (Dempsey), Neil (Brown), McConville (Dunnachie), Batchelor (Alan Muir), Trialist, McGuire (Bennett), Tait, Wallace (Duffy), Fraser (Quinn). (Sub not used - Dean Muir.)

Kirkintilloch Rob Roy :- Murdoch, Carter, Mackenzie, Finnigan, Boyle, Whelan, Pearson, McGuire, Aitken, Watt, Gallagher. (Subs - McMenamin, Barr, Maguire, Sawyers, Martin, Duff, Brown (gk).)

Man of the match - (chosen by Dean Muir) Mark Tait.

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