Pollok 2-0 Petershill
West of Scotland Superleague
Newlandsfield Park, Saturday 3rd October 2015
Pollok came out on top in this Glasgow derby, beating Springburn’s Petershill 2-0 at Newlandsfield Park.
The home side got off to a flyer, opening the scoring after just 27 seconds. Del Hepburn’s ball down the wing to Colin Williamson saw the midfielder cut back to Allan MacKenzie, who showed great composure to take a touch before rolling the ball into the bottom corner.
Hepburn was involved soon after, nodding down to Findlay Frye who lashed over. Frye also had the ‘Lok’s next goalscoring opportunity, Kieran McAleenan’s deep cross to John Sweeney being shinned into his path, his final shot being of the soft order.
Petershill were struggling to create any clear cut chances during the opening half, their best efforts coming from distance. Peter Bradley was first to try his luck, but was off target, before Kieran Daw fired in a free-kick which went straight down Jordan Longmuir’s throat.
Sweeney whipped a free-kick in from the left wing which was shovelled over the crossbar in an unorthodox manner by ex-Pollok goalkeeper Stevie McNeil.
McNeil dealt with ‘Lok’s next effort in a much more comfortable manner, easily gathering from Pollok’s trialist after some nice work from Sweeney and Hepburn.
The homesters doubled their advantage in the 39th minute after an exquisite crossfield ball from Frye picked out Hepburn on the left. The striker matched this pass with an equally sumptuous first touch which took him in behind Peasy full-back Fraser McGhee and saw him bear down on goal. Cutting inside another defender, he unleashed from 20 yards, the ball brushing McNeil’s fingertips on it’s way to hitting the underside of the bar and bouncing over the line.
Being two goals down at half-time, perhaps it was no surprise that the visitors had the first sighter of the second period, Bradley’s throw-in to Daw seeing the Petershill man turn inside and fire over.
Pollok responded, Mark McLennan’s front post cross letting Hepburn showcase his overhead technique, alas he failed to find the target.
A high bouncer in the Petershill box fell to Pollok’s trialist who shot over, while at the other end Daw’s cross picked out Michael Daly who headed wide.
A ball over the top of the visiting rearguard saw MacKenzie bear down on McNeil, the goalkeeper coming out on top on this occasion.
Peasy’s best chance of the match came when substitute Scott Davidson found space for a shot at the corner of the home penalty area, Longmuir alert to beat the ball away to safety.
Their last chance to register fell, again, to the head of Daly, who headed over from close range.
‘Lok substitute Tam Hanlon gave McNeil another awkward moment as the match drew to it’s conclusion, his free-kick almost evading the ‘keeper’s clutches, before being gathered at the second attempt.
Pollok:- Longmuir, McLennan, McAleenan, Gallacher, Walker, Frye, “Newman” (15: Winters 67), Williamson, MacKenzie (14: Hanlon 77), Sweeney, Hepburn (12: McCabe 67)
Subs not used:- 16: Higgins, 17: Wild
Goals:- MacKenzie (1), Hepburn (39)
Bookings:- Frye (34), Gallacher (49), Williamson (75), Hanlon (81)
Petershill:- McNeil, McGhee, Bradley (15: MacLean 68), Brough, J. Chisholm, F. Chisholm (12: Craig 54), Kennedy, Stevenson, Daly, Hynes (16: Davidson 56), Daw
Subs not used:- 14: Shields, 17: Ketterer
Bookings: Brough (85), Daw (89)