GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 POLLOK 1
The long awaited first clash between these two sides came at the wrong time for the Glens, this being the Loch Park side’s 5th league game in 9 days, whilst it was only their opponents only 2nd league game during the same period. If the Glens were too have any chance of re-igniting their outside chance of mounting a title challenge to Irvine Meadow and Pollok, then only a victory would do.
The early exchanges offered some encouragement for the home side with three half chances coming and going. First of all a Craig Feroz header went wide without troubling Kris Robertson in the Pollok goal. Then the big keeper was left flapping as he was misjudged a Chic Connolly header, but the ball bounced just wide of the post. Finally Feroz tried his luck with his head again but this time Robertson clutched the ball safely. The ‘Lok responded by carving out three chances of their own, the pick of which was a Bryan Dingwall 25 yard shot which with Gary Matthews beaten, thundered off the base of the keeper’s left hand post.
Half time Glens 0 Pollok 0
The first chance of the second half fell to Willie Howie but his effort from distance failed to trouble Robertson. With six minutes of the half gone the visitors made the breakthrough with a scrappy goal. Matthews blocked a David McGeown shot but Robert Downs was first to react and force the ball over the line. Former ‘ Lok favourite Frankie Haggarty was denied an equaliser when his curling shot, en-route for the top corner was tipped over the cross-bar by Robertson.
The visitors held on to the lead and it is they that will now provide the only challenge to Meadow in the race (or catch-up) for the league flag.
Full Time : Glens 0 Pollok 1
Glenafton Athletic : Matthews; Merrilees, Gow, McGregor, Quinn; Connolly, Howie, Haggarty, Deeney (Whalen); Feroz, Gormley (Brown)
Pollok : Robertson; McKeown, Aitchison, Miller, Cruickshank; Ryan (Hyslop), McLay, McGeown, Waddel; Downs (Turnbull), Dingwall