Benburb 0-2 Pollok
Sectional League Cup - Group Stage
New Tinto Park, Saturday 6th August 2016
Pollok returned from their first visit to Benburb’s New Tinto Park with three Sectional League Cup group points after a 2-0 victory.
The first half was quiet in terms of goalmouth action, ‘Lok’s first sighter coming when their two summer signings combined, Gary McCann’s cross headed off target by Michael Daly.
Davie Winters then set up Del Hepburn for the visitors, his lob going narrowly past Nathan Agger’s upright.
The deadlock was broken in the 33rd minute, Tam Hanlon’s corner being met with a diving header by Daly, who found the net despite the best efforts of the Bens’ defender on the goal-line.
The homesters first significant chance of the match came in the second period, nice interplay between Jamie Boyle and Ryan Livingstone teed the latter up to fire down the throat of Pollok custodian Jordan Longmuir.
Ex-’Lok midfielder Darren McNeil laid off to Scott Jarvie who rifled a low drive wide, while at the other end McCann’s run saw the ball break to Carlo Monti who shot over.
The Chooky Hens’ quest to restore parity was made more difficult in the 67th minute, Scott Jackson receiving the order of the march by arbiter Xander Harrison for a trip on Liam Rowan, which was deemed to be a second bookable offence.
Pollok looked to capitalise immediately, a surging run by Hepburn was followed by some neat footwork from substitute Allan MacKenzie, Agger equal to the final effort.
Benburb had a good opportunity when Livingstone reacted to a loose ball by Ross McCabe, but he dragged his shot past Longmuir’s left hand post.
They were made to rue this miss in the 81st minute when ‘Lok doubled their advantage, Hepburn’s intricate through ball found Winters at the corner of the six-yard box to beat Agger at his near post.
‘Lok’s last chance came via MacKenzie, his long ranger was comfortable for Agger, while the Bens closed with one apiece for Boyle and Livingstone, neither of whom troubled the scorers.
Benburb:- Agger, Sweeney, A. Wright, Greer, Soutar, Jackson, Hendry, McNeil, Livingstone, Boyle, Jarvie
Subs not used:- 12: Lockhart, 14: McKenna, 15: K. Wright, 16: Barr, Gk: Sommerville
Bookings:- Soutar (21), Hendry (25), Jackson (57, 67)
Pollok:- Longmuir, Hanlon (15: “Black” 90 +1), Monti, Gallacher (12: Walker 82), McCabe, Rowan, McCann, Williamson, Winters, Daly (14: MacKenzie 68), Hepburn
Subs not used:- 16: McAleenan, Gk: “White”
Goals:- Daly (33), Winters (81)
Booking:- Hanlon (72)