Pollok 2-0 Auchinleck Talbot
West Super League Division, MATCHDAY 12
Newlandsfield Park, Saturday 7th January 2017
Auchinleck Talbot were first-footers to Newlandsfield, leaving the three points behind them as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to their hosts, Pollok.
The first sighter of the game fell to the home side, excellent play on the wing by Gary McCann teed up Robbie Winters, his first-timer from 6 yards going over the crossbar.
The visitors responded via a cross from Ross Harvey which was met by Graham Wilson’s diving header which bounced wide of the upright.
Colin Williamson was next up for Pollok, curling wide from 20 yards before McCann again cut back to Robbie Winters, this time firing over from 12 yards.
The veteran striker came close again, heading Liam Rowan’s free-kick low and straight at visiting custodian Andy Leishman.
Talbot closed out the half with their best period of the game, two Martin McGoldrick deliveries creating heading opportunities for Craig McCracken and Danny Boyle, the former forcing ‘Lok goalkeeper Jordan Longmuir into a save low at the post, the latter glancing the ball past.
Auchinleck had the final attempt of the half, a high ball into the 'Lok area was only cleared as far as Graham Wilson, Longmuir out smartly to deny the ‘Bot man with his legs.
While there was less in the way of goalmouth action in the second period, the intensity shown by both sides never relented.
McCann was first to try his luck for his side, cutting in from the right wing to shoot narrowly past Leishman’s left-hand post from 25 yards.
The deadlock was broken in the 61st minute when a Longmuir kick from hand bounced in behind the visiting rearguard, where Davie Winters was on hand to squeeze under Leishman.
Nerves weren’t settled for the homesters until the 87th minute as the advantage was doubled. Davie Winters turned provider with a beautifully judged clip pass setting Rowan in to show great composure to round Leishman and roll the ball home.
Pollok:- Longmuir, Evans, Sideserf, Gallacher, McCabe, Rowan, McCann, Williamson, D. Winters (16: Hepburn 89), R. Winters (12: Hanlon 84), MacKenzie (15: Daly 54)
Subs not used:- 14: McAleenan, 17: Walker
Goals:- D. Winters (61), Rowan (87)
Bookings:- Evans (42), Rowan (87), Hanlon (88)
Auchinleck Talbot:- Leishman, Lyle, Harvey, McGoldrick, Boyle, McCracken (12: Stevenson 69), Hyslop (15: Young 63), White, Shankland, Milliken (14: S. Wilson 63), G. Wilson
Subs not used:- 16: Pooler, 17: McPherson
Bookings:- McCracken (38), Harvey (50), G. Wilson (85)