Hurlford United 2-1 Pollok

West of Scotland Superleague

Newlandsfield Park, Saturday 26th September 2015

 

A last minute goal was enough to ensure that the three points remained in Ayrshire as Hurlford United secured a 2-1 victory over Pollok at Blair Park.

 

The visiting ‘Lok opened brightly, their trialist centre forward slashing over from 20 yards. The same player was involved as his side took a 7th minute lead, his run being halted by ‘Ford’s Paul McKenzie, Tam Hanlon stepping up to fire the resultant free-kick past a helpless Ally Brown in the home goal.

 

This seemed to awaken the homesters and they responded when David McClune played a free-kick to McKenzie out wide, the winger firing over.

 

The 'Ford’s next two chances were both created via the medium of the cross ball, McKenzie’s corner being headed over by Glen Mitchell, before a Ryan Borris cross picked out the late run of James Creaney, resulting in a similar outcome.

 

Borris was next up for the 'Ford, hesitant Pollok defending letting Stewart Kean tee him up, the Hurlford man dragging his shot wide.

 

The home side restored parity in the 21st minute, McKenzie with a cross-cum-shot from the right wing which sailed over the despairing dive of Jordan Longmuir.

 

Longmuir was called into action again, doing well to tip a McClune free-kick from distance over the crossbar.

 

The ‘Ford had the best of the remaining chances in the opening period, none of which troubled the scorers, Kean first up, side footing narrowly wide after a low ball in from the left wing, Chris Robertson followed with a header over the top from a McClune free-kick, while his namesake Ross Robertson’s snap shot bounced wide of the target.

 

Hurlford continued to press at the beginning of the second half. McKenzie going on a run which saw him shoot over from 25 yards.

 

At the other end Colin Williamson latched on to a loose defensive clearance, his final effort narrowly wide of the right hand upright.

 

McKenzie then sent a corner deep into the Pollok area, landing at the feet of Danny Mitchell, who crossed back into the danger area where Chris Robertson’s header brought out a fine reaction save from Longmuir.

 

Hanlon had a surging run which saw him burst through the home rearguard and fizz a 20 yarder past the post.

 

The home side were reduced to 10 men in the 77th minute, substitute Danny Mitchell picking up his second yellow card of the game for a tackle on Mark Sideserf which saw the end of the ‘Lok man’s part in proceedings too, Ross McCabe replacing his injured comrade.

 

Pollok tried to make their numerical advantage count, John Sweeney whipping in a free-kick from a wide area which was well watched by Ally Brown, the ‘keeper ultimately fisting the ball to safety.

 

Despite being down to 10 men, Hurlford continued to press, Kean hooking an effort wide while Creaney’s shot from distance dipped over the bar.

 

The ‘Ford almost took the lead when Martyn Brown’s header from the halfway line bounced in the penalty area, and nearly caught Longmuir out, the Pollok goalkeeper doing well to tip over.

 

The homesters broke Pollok hearts right on the the end of regulation time when they took the decisive lead, McClune’s free-kick rebounding to Kean, who was in the right place at the right time to send the home support into raptures.

 

Teams:

 

Hurlford United:- A. Brown, M. Brown, Creaney, G. Mitchell, C. Robertson, McClune, McKenzie, Chisholm (14: D. Mitchell 54), Kean, R. Robertson, Borris (12: Cochrane 65)

 

Subs not used:- 15: Fisher, 16: Byrne, 17: Dolan

 

Goals:- McKenzie (21), Kean (90)

 

Bookings:- C. Robertson (45), D. Mitchell (63, 77)

 

Sent off:- Mitchell (77)

 

Pollok:- Longmuir, McLennan, Sideserf (12: McCabe 80), Gallacher, Walker, Frye, Hanlon (15: Hepburn 80), Williamson, “Newman”, Sweeney, Higgins (14: MacKenzie 74)

 

Subs not used:- 16: Wild, 17: Winters