Lok Blown Away With Classy Glens Second Half

Pollok 1 Glenafton Athletic 3 

 

Report by Stephen Coutts 

Glens gaffer Craig McEwan admitted it was an old cliché as his side came back to blow away Pollok with a classic second 45 minutes display. 

Paul Gallacher put Lok ahead in the first half but after the break a leveller from Mick McCann followed by a Chris Dallas double secured a remarkable turnaround of events. 

He said: “I was angry at half time as we’ve not done ourselves justice but in the first half we did not set the heather on fire and we looked very lacklustre. 

“Pollok caused us plenty of problems and I thought we were different class in the second half and we had so much energy and wanted to play the game the right way. 

“We were on the offensive and I don’t think Pollock had many answers for us in the second half with what we brought to the table. 

“I’m proud as punch for my players and with games being off it’s a massive three points for us as well.” 

The hosts came close with Nicky Little drifting to clip off keeper Brian McGarrity with Craig Menzies taking it off the toes of the poised Adam Forde. 

Little then found Paul Byrne who attempted a shot that deflected off Ryan McChesney’s boot that needed the gloves of McGarrity to stop from going in. 

Lok took the lead in spectacular fashion after Sena drew a free kick. 

Forde rifled it at McGarrity who spilled it into the path of Stefan McCluskey and he unselfishly cut back for Pollok skipper Gallagher to touch home on 17 minutes. 

The first half played out all Pollok but with no end product and that would come back to haunt them on 65 minutes. 

Connor Lynas floated in a cross from the right and McCann was unmarked to send a free header past the gloves on Jordan Longmuir and draw parity. 

Moments later Jamie McKernon sent a free kick towards Kyle McAusland in the box but Gallacher hugged the Glens man leaving whistler Garry Doherty no choice but to point to the spot. 

Dallas stepped up and calmly converted past Longmuir who had guessed correctly to put the Glens in the lead for the first time in the match. 

A moment of controversy arose on 76 minutes as Del Hepburn flighted in a corner from the left and Gallacher nodded home to a rapturous applause but ref Doherty blew for a foul on keeper McGarrity. 

Right at the death Lok’s misery was further compounded as Mark Sideserf overcooked a back pass to Longmuir which ended up with Dallas on hand to bag his brace. 

Gutted Lok boss Tony McInally said: “We bossed the game in the first half and missed chances to put the game bed and in the second half that’s a different team that goes out there.” 

Pollok: Longmuir, Sena (B24, Rowan 80), Sideserf, Gallacher (B44), McGregor, Byrne, McCann (Hepburn 71), Little, Forde (Gormley 80), McCluskey, Young 

Subs not used: Johnson (SGK), Wharton 

Glenafton: McGarrity, McAusland, Cairns, Menzies, McChesney (McCann 55), Marlow (B66, Moore 67), Lynas, McKernon (B28), Dallas, Andrew, McGill (B19, Borris 80) 

Subs not used: Watson (SGK), Potter 

Referee: Garry Doherty. 

TJi MoTM: Cammy Marlow (Glenafton Athletic).

 

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