Pollok 0-0 Arthurlie
Sectional League Cup
Newlandsfield Park, Saturday 8th August 2015
The season kicked off with the inaugural Joseph S Marshall Trophy up for grabs as well as points in the Sectional League Cup group stage, but when the dust settled all honours were shared as Pollok and Arthurlie played out a drab scoreless draw at Newlandsfield Park.
The visitors had the first sighter when Connor McGlinchey sent a dipper just over Jordan Longmuir’s crossbar from 25 yards.
Eddie McTernan’s cross created the ‘Lie’s next chance, being met by the head of Steven Tart who failed to divert the ball on target.
The lively Chris Dallas was next to try his luck for the Barrhead side, ‘Lok new boy Ross McCabe forcing him out to a difficult angle where he shot wide.
The homesters first attempt came via Colin Williamson’s delicate chip to the edge of the area which was flicked on by Paul Gallacher into Kieran McAleenan’s path, his thumping volley narrowly missing.
Williamson had Pollok’s next chance when an Arthurlie clearance landed at his feet, alas his shot failed to trouble Zander Cowie in the visitors’ goal.
The same player created the home side’s best goalscoring opportunity of the half, Davie Winters heading his cross off the upright.
Arthurlie had the better of the opening exchanges after the change of ends, McTernan and Ryan McGregor having similar efforts that went over Longmuir’s crossbar.
It was a poor clearance from Longmuir that caused panic in the Pollok rearguard, sclaffing straight to the feet of Gary Smith, thankfully for the ‘Lok he struggled to get the ball under control and his shot was ultimately of the soft order.
Craig Palmer’s ball from the wing was next to tee up McTernan, who subsequently blazed wide.
Pollok’s only real creative spark in the opening 30 minutes of the second period came from a deep Findlay Frye cross which was weakly headed wide by Winters.
Smith’s flick then put McGregor in behind the ‘Lok defence who recovered sufficiently to put enough pressure on the ‘Lie midfielder to fluff his lines.
Dallas was next to threaten, outmuscling McCabe as he raced onto a long ball over the top of the Pollok back line, and volleying over.
Allan MacKenzie then created two golden opportunities for his strike partner Winters to net, the first a cut back from a McAleenan through ball was put wide with a first time effort, while the second came from a ball across the corridor of uncertainty, which was horribly miscued allowing the visiting defence to clear the danger.
The closest Arthurlie came to scoring came in the 89th minute, McGlinchey rising highest at the back post to send a looping header from a Ryan McArdle corner goalwards, Tam Hanlon though, was in the right place at the right time for ‘Lok to make the goal-line clearance.
The final action of the afternoon came when Pollok’s John Sweeney’s long throw in was met by Kevin Bradley’s head which momentarily had Cowie scrambling, the ex-’Lok goalie though ensured his clean sheet would remain unmuddied.
Pollok:- Longmuir, Hanlon, Sideserf, McCabe, Gallacher, Frye (17: Bradley 62), Harkins (16: MacKenzie 58), Williamson, Winters, Sweeney, McAleenan
Subs not used:- 12: Wild, 14: Walker, 15: McLennan
Bookings:- McAleenan (29), Harkins (46), Winters (50), Bradley (66), Hanlon (66)
Arthurlie:- Cowie, Devlin, Palmer, McGlinchey, Gair, Tart, McTernan, McGregor (15: McDonald 77), Dallas, Carroll (16: Smith 37), MacKay (12: McArdle 80)
Subs not used:- 14: Maxwell, Gk: Bannister
Bookings:- Palmer (32), Cowie (66)