Kennoway Star Hearts 2-7 Pollok
ETHX Energy Scottish Junior Cup
Treaton park, SATURDAY 23rd January 2016
Pollok kicked off 2016 with a convincing 7-2 victory over Kennoway Star Hearts at the latter named’s Treaton Park. The result saw ‘Lok safely through to the draw for the last 16 of the Scottish Junior Cup.
The visitors took the lead in the 9th minute. Carlo Monti, on his first appearance since returning, sent a free-kick deep into the Kennoway area, finding Davie Winters on hand at the back-post to net.
Pollok doubled the lead in the 35th minute, Davie Winters again involved as referee Peter Stuart deemed that he had been infringed by the Budgies’ Nathan Doig, and a penalty was awarded. Tam Hanlon stepped up, only to see his spot-kick ricochet of the post. The full-back’s blushes were spared by Kieran McAleenan who was first to react and lash home.
A neat passing move brought about goal number three, Kevin Bradley’s wall pass with Davie Winters setting the winger one-on-one with Robbie Paterson, and he made no mistake, lifting the ball over the onrushing custodian.
It was 4-0 before half-time, Monti being impeded in the area by Kieran Band. Davie Winters took over duties from the penalty mark, sending Paterson the wrong way.
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The second period began with Monti cutting in from the right to curl a left-footer over Paterson from 18 yards and making it five.
The sixth goal arrived when Monti showed tenacity to charge down a dithering Paterson, the ball spinning out to Robbie Winters on the right. The ex-Scotland international laid the ball off to brother Davie who gratefully completed his hat-trick.
‘Lok’s final goal of the afternoon came in the 62nd minute via a stroke of good fortune, the ball breaking off arbiter Stuart, eventually to Davie Winters. The hat-trick hero showed clever footwork to draw the Hearts defence towards him leaving Monti in space to be picked out and notch his brace with an acrobatic scissor kick.
Despite the scoreline, the homesters continued to plug away and got their just rewards in the 68th minute, Gavin Gray cutting inside Hanlon to loop a shot into the far corner of Jordan Longmuir’s net.
Pollok were reduced to 10 men in the 77th minute, Bradley being given the order of the march after a mis-timed lunge on Band.
Star made the numerical advantage count in the 82nd minute when they rounded off the afternoon’s scoring. Scott Young was allowed space by the ‘Lok rearguard to pick his spot and fire a grounder into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
Kennoway Star Hearts:- Paterson, Boylan, Brewster, Bremner, Doig, Gay, Band, Wilson (12: Young 64), G. Gray, Shaw (15: Davidson 64), B. Gray (14: Craig 9)
Subs not used:- 16: McBride, Gk: Sutherland
Goals:- G. Gray (68), Young (82)
Bookings:- Shaw (19), Doig (32), Gay (51)
Pollok:- Longmuir, Hanlon, Sideserf, Gallacher, McCabe, McAleenan (15: Frye 53), Bradley, Williamson, D. Winters (16: Higgins 63), Monti (14: Hepburn 69), R. Winters
Subs not used:- 12: McLennan, Gk: Ward
Goals:- D. Winters (9, 45 pen, 52), McAleenan (35), Bradley (40), Monti (47, 62)
Bookings:- Sideserf (61), McCabe (72)
Sent off:- Bradley (77)