Shettleston 0-1 Pollok
West Premier Super League
Greenfield Park, SATURDAY 6TH February 2016
Pollok took advantage of their match being the only Superleague Premier Division game to beat the weather by extending their advantage at the top of the table. A 1-0 win over city rivals Shettleston at Greenfield Park saw the points return to the south side.
It was the ‘Lok who started brighter, Allan MacKenzie sending a ball along the corridor of uncertaintity which Davie Winters narrowly failed to connect with.
A Carlo Monti corner was cleared by the home defence into the path of Tam Hanlon who blazed over, while Monti created space for himself with the same end result.
The Town’s first chance came via Chris McCormack’s 25 yard effort, Pollok goalkeeper Jordan Longmuir handling with care.
Longmuir’s opposite number Bryn Halliwell had an opportunity to show his skills, clutching a Monti free-kick, before using his legs to block a Paul Gallacher effort after a stramash in the box. These sandwiched a slashed Jordan Dalzell effort for the homesters which failed to trouble Longmuir.
The visitors scored the only goal of the game in the 33rd minute, a Longmuir clearance found Davie Winters at the corner of the area, his first time half-volley squirmed under the despairing dive of Halliwell to send the travelling support into raptures.
Veteran striker Robbie Winters was involved in ‘Lok’s last two creative incidents of the half, an initial turn and shot curling wide, then his front post corner being met by the head of Monti who will feel he could have done better.
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A nice move set up the first sighter of the second period, Robbie Winters’ ball into the channel finding brother Davie, who squared to MacKenzie to tee up Robbie to blaze over.
Town full-back Paul Martin showed great powers of atonement from chesting a Hanlon cross into Mark McLennan’s path by recovering swiftly to block the ‘Lok substitute.
Shettleston’s Miguel Blanco was denied not once, but twice by deflections off Pollok defenders, his first shot going out for a corner, while his second looped over Longmuir before hitting the underside of the bar, the officials deeming that it had not crossed the line.
The home side continued to press in their quest to restore parity when Keigan Parker’s corner was poked wide by Reece McGillion at the front post.
Craig Halliday sent a ball over the visiting rearguard to Scott Anson, the bustling frontman’s effort dipping just over Longmuir’s crossbar.
A similar clearance from Longmuir to the one that set up the goal sought out MacKenize, Halliwell able to palm the ball to safety on this occasion.
The final goalmouth action fell to the Pollok goalscorer, Davie Winters, when Hanlon picked him out from a corner, the striker volleying the ball wide at full stretch.
Shettleston:- Halliwell, Martin (15: Halliday 68), Juskowiak, McGillion, Dickson, Dalzell, Parker, McCormack, Anson, Blanco (16: McEwan 79), Campbell
Subs not used:- 12: McGuigan, 14: Frances, Gk: Maley
Bookings:- Dalzell (37), Halliday (90 + 2)
Pollok:- Longmuir, Hanlon, Sideserf, Gallacher, Walker, Frye, MacKenzie, Williamson, D. Winters, Monti (12: McLennan 46), R. Winters (16: McCabe 85)
Subs not used:- 14: Higgins, 15: Hepburn, Gk: Ward
Goals:- D. Winters (33)
Bookings:- Frye (53), Hanlon (90 + 2)