Pollok 3-0 Glenafton Athletic
West Premier Super League
NEWLANDSFIELD PARK, SATURDAY 7TH May 2016
Pollok completed their home league season with a comfortable 3-0 victory against Glenafton Athletic.
The Glens were first up, David Gray’s sighter sailing away wide of the upright.
‘Lok responded, Davie Winters cross from the bye-line picked out Ross McCabe who headed narrowly over.
The supplier of that opportunity was the receiver of the next, an outside of the boot pass by Del Hepburn was well controlled by Winters. He cut inside the defence before dragging wide.
Robbie Winters was alert to a quickly taken free-kick, finding space at the edge of the six-yard box, but unable to find the target for the Glasgow side.
A set-piece was cleared by the home rearguard into the path of Craig McGuffie to fizz one past the post, while at the other end Kevin Bradley’s cross was met by Hepburn’s head, which guided the ball over the bar.
Pollok goalkeeper Jordan Longmuir was called into action, beating away a Gray free-kick in addition to blocking the follow-up, before holding on to a McGuffie drive after the midfielder had worked himself into space.
These stops would prove vital as ‘Lok took a 40th minute lead, Paul Gallacher rising highest at the front post to net from a Kieran McAleenan and Tam Hanlon short corner routine.
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Glenafton resumed after the interval full of purpose with McGuffie heavily involved, Joe Andrew cutting back into his path for him to fire over.
The same player then saw Longmuir palm his 25-yarder wide, before he created a chance for Cameron Marlow who failed to trouble the ‘Lok custodian.
Failure to restore parity during this spell was punished when the homesters double their lead in the 68th minute. Robbie Winters experience was showcased with a sumptuous backheel into Liam Rowan’s path, a low, driven shot into the corner beating Brian McGarrity all ends up.
Pollok killed the game off with a third goal three minutes later, and Robbie Winters played an important role again. The ex-Scotland man played a one-two with Bradley then showed great composure to tee-up brother Davie for the finish.
Both sides had speculative chances during the closing exchanges, but failed to trouble the scorer any further, Hanlon and Carlo Monti for Pollok, while for the visitors Chris Dallas tried his luck twice.
Pollok:- Longmuir, Hanlon (12: McLennan 76), Sideserf, Gallacher, McCabe, Rowan, Bradley, McAleenan, R. Winters (16: Higgins 82), D. Winters (15: Monti 76), Hepburn
Subs not used:- 14: Walker, 17: Frye
Goals:- Gallacher (40), Rowan (68), D.Winters (71)
Bookings:- McCabe (29), Rowan (36)
Glenafton Athletic:- McGarrity, Orsi, Cairns, Menzies, McChesney, Gray, McGuffie, Marlow (14: Hay 66), Andrew, McCann (12: Dallas 70), McGill
Subs not used:- 15: Meikle, 16: Potter, Gk: Buchanan
Booking:- Gray (74)
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