Glens Start New Year In Sensational Style

Petershill 1 Rutherglen Glencairn 3 

 

Report by Stephen Coutts 

Photo Courtesy of RGFC/Peter Ferguson

Glens gaffer Willie Harvey saluted his troops after they first footed Peasy in sensational style. Gary Smith bagged a first half brace and after the break Stewart Hall gave them a three goal lead before Alex Cassells pulled one back from the spot.

 

Stewart Hall Celebrates Glens Third Goal

He said: “I didn’t feel we were at our best but what we got off the players was 110% commitment and even when they were tired they kept working and got behind the ball and I’ve got nothing but praise for them. 

“I didn’t feel were at our best today but I felt we deserved the win and I’m more than happy with the points.” 

The visitors were the first to come close with Tony Fraser whipping in a corner from the right that Jordan Leyden nodded just over. 

Peasy also tried their luck as Chris Wilson pinged in a free kick that Craig Connolly got his head on with only the reflexes of Jack Baker keeping the effort out. 

Cassells thought he had given Peasy the lead on the half hour mark after Gary Hynes flicked on a Daniel Finnigan cross to him to rifle home but he was flagged offside. 

Switching off was going to cost the hosts dearly as Baker’s punt was touched onto Smith who drilled home a fine effort on 33 minutes.  

And moments later Glens were two to the good as the big striker nudged home Jay McKay’s chip to the back post for his second. 

It was nearly three for the visitors when Leyden’s rasping drive hit the woodwork and fell into the six yard box but it was easily cleared with no Glens players nearby. 

Immediately after the break Smith turned from scorer to provider to tee up Hall who uncorked from 25 yards making fun of the bookies 5/1 odds against them winning. 

Cassells nearly pulled one back after Paul Callander put him through on Baker but the keeper pulled off a top stop and Craig McGregor mopped up the danger. 

Peasy got on the score sheet on the hour when Hall tugged Jordan Much in the box leaving whistler Ross Hardie pointing to the spot and Cassells obliging. 

Petershill boss Willie Paterson lamented: “I’m disappointed to lose as we’ve been on a good run but the first two goals were poor to lose as we never made them work for them. 

“Defensively the goals were poor and whether it’s a team at the top or the bottom we can’t give them a start like that but we need to bounce on.” 

Petershill: Gibson, Haxton, Wilson, J Kennedy, Connolly (Graham 66), D Kennedy, Cassells, Stevenson (Murch 4, B81), Hynes (Hall 50), Callander (B24), Finnigan. Subs Unused: Gold, Barclay 

Rutherglen: Baker, McGregor, Kerr (Neil 56, B64), Donaldson, Fraser (B41), Leyden, Hall, McGuire (B52), Smith (B72), McNab, McKay (Grier 71). Subs Unused: Gormley, Savarese. 

Referee: Ross Hardie. 

TJi MoTM: Rhys Donaldson (Rutherglen Glencairn) 

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