Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 1 – 2 Pollok (16/12/23)

Pollok secured a narrow win on the road in Cumbernauld against Kirkintilloch Rob Roy to get back to winning ways in the league. Two first half goals scored barely a minute apart were enough to secure a deserved three points against a typically resolute Kirky side in Pollok’s last fixture before Christmas.

Pollok started brightly and imposed themselves early on. A corner from Mullen was headed wide by Gow from six yards out. With eleven minutes gone Gow passed to Mullen who sent a looping cross into the Rob Roy box. It was headed down by Anderson and Gallacher was on to it in a flash. He prodded the ball passed Aitken before being taken out. The ball was hacked clear on the line by Scott, but the referee then pointed to the spot. Having given the penalty away Aitken redeemed himself with a diving save to his right although Christie had not hit the penalty with his normal calm authority.

Christie missed an opportunity to give Pollok the lead from the spot.

Pollok did take the lead soon after however from a Mullen corner kick just before the half hour mark, which found Calum Gow at the near post who headed on to his centre-half partner, Scott Forrester, who volleyed home emphatically for his first Lok goal.

Forrester opens the scoring with his first Pollok goal.

The second goal arrived barely a minute later and came from a much more regular source of goals. Sean Burns and Grant Anderson combined at a throw-in before Burns sidestepped a challenge and switched the play to Christie. He powered his way to the bye-line before sending over a low cross, from which Forde was able to tap home from a few yards out to double the lead.

A well-executed cross-field ball from Sean Burns freed Christie to set up Forde for the second goal.

A Rob Roy corner in the thirty sixth minute led to the home side getting right back into the contest. Although the corner was well cleared by Forrester, all the big men remained in the Pollok box and when the ball came back in Scott showed some remarkable skill to generate enough space for Baber to supply a cross to O’Kane who finished well on the turn from six yards out.

HALF TIME: KRR 1 – 2 POLLOK

Scoring chances were few and far between in the second half. Anderson and Forde combined well to set up a shooting opportunity from the edge of the box but it was fired well over. At the other end Longmuir produced a tremendous reflex save to keep out a header from a corner. Pollok then did well to keep Rob Roy under pressure at a defensive throw-in and substitute Kerr slipped the ball into Forde. On this occasion though he dragged his shot wide. Kerr then set up his strike partner again with a good header back across goal from a long Mullen free-kick. This time the shot on goal was only inches wide.

Fraser Mullen’s set-pieces were of a high standard throughout the game and created several openings for Pollok.

 

The last significant chance of the game fell the home side’s way, as a clever free-kick set Gilday free but his left footed strike from close range lacked conviction and Longmuir was able to get down and smother. It had been a hard-fought, but merited, victory for the away side whose performance was disciplined and resolute. The fans of both sides deserve credit for making the effort on a cold and driech day on the run up to Christmas and whilst not a classic, they were rewarded with a huge amount of endeavour and a little bit of skill.

FULL TIME: KRR 1 – 2 POLLOK

Pollok Starting XI: (Longmuir, Mullen, Forrester (29′), Gow (C), Burns, Faulds, Main, Christie, Anderson, Gallacher, Forde (30′)

Pollok Substitutes: Kerr, Lindsay, Nelson, McKenzie, Burrows, McGregor, Fry (GK)

Man of the Match: Scott Forrester

Another strong defensive showing from the Pollok number four who was his usual composed self in a performance capped with a maiden Pollok goal!

 

Report by Peter Thomson

Photos from Finlay Thom

Highlights from Mark Donnelly