West Region Junior Round Up – 25/02/17

Largs Thistle & Kilbirnie Ladeside in action at Barrfields

Largs Thistle’s 4-1 win at home to Kilbirnie Ladeside was their fifth win from their last ten games. The improvement to form and another three points will surely give their competitors at the foot of the table something to think about as the battle to avoid relegation heats up. Iain Fisher, Robert Love, Glenn Thomson and Matty Bennett all contributed with goals for Thistle.

Whitletts Victoria moved back up into second place thanks to an emphatic 6-0 win away at Saltcoats. The win leaves them just five points behind leaders Ardrossan with two games in hand, and just a single point ahead of Kello Rovers in third. Saltcoats managed to survive the early onslaught on their goal for just 17 minutes before Harvey fired in from ten yards.

Within a few minutes Harvey had made it two, then provided the assist for Black to make it 3-0 just four minutes later. Sean Ewart played Darren Baird through the middle to score his first for the club before half time, then Balfour added a fifth and Black grabbed another for the sixth.

It’s incredible to think it now, but Saturday’s 2-1 win away at Benburb was St. Roch’s first back to back win in three months. And with Cambuslang not playing, Candy managed to cut the deficit down to four points whilst still having a game in hand over the Somervell Park side.

Baboucarr Musa drove the ball home to open the scoring for St. Roch’s after 17 minutes, then headed in his second just after the half hour. Bens pulled a goal back early in the second half, when Gallacher’s pressure caused an error to occur in the Candy defence enabling him to square for McCrone to then tap in from close range.

Rossvale failed to capitalise on last Saturdays win against leaders Cambuslang and remain fifth after losing 2-1 to Greenock, who moved to within eight points of Vale with a couple of games still in hand. Gary McGrath headed injury hit Vale in front just before half time from a Holmes free kick. But Greenock managed to raise their game for a second half fight back, equalising late on before Colin Gailey fired in the winner from an angled drive.

Action at McKenna Park between St. Anthony’s & Glasgow Perthshire

Glasgow Perthshire extended their lead at the top of the Central District First Division to seven points after beating St. Anthony’s 2-1. Ants almost managed to take a 2-0 lead into the half time break after Serge Kimbala and Brian Henderson put them in front. But Smith pulled one back for Perthshire right on 45 minutes before Ants went down to ten men, and Forrester and Craig got late goals to take the three points back to Keppoch Park.

Port Glasgow remain in second place despite back to back defeats in successive weeks after Vale of Leven reversed the 2-0 scoreline from back in October. They’ve now slipped eleven points behind Perthshire after only taking four points from their last six since losing 3-0 to the leaders back in January. Vale have moved up to fourth having won their last two, and they’ve lost just twice in nine with both defeats coming at the hands of top three sides.

Gartcairn made a little bit of history by reaching the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup at only their second attempt, after narrowly beating fellow Central District Second Division side Carluke Rovers 3-2 in their fifth-round replay. Kevin Ross headed Cairn in front from a corner kick, but the lead only lasted eight minutes after Watt bundled the ball over from a Weir corner.

Gartcairn regained the lead minutes ahead of half time when Tait fired the ball in from a rebound. Gow put the visitors two in front when he diverted the ball into the net from a cross, but Vezza managed to pull one back for Rovers after some great individual play but Gartcairn held on comfortably to take the victory.

Photos courtesy of Ryan Scott Photography & Gerry Lafferty Photography

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