Hurlford United v Pollok

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Hurlford Utd vs Pollok

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It may be the close season for the majority of clubs across Scotland but for Pollok we have the Kilmarnock Pie WoSFL Cup semi-final this weekend away to Hurlford.

Blair Park hasn’t been a good venue for the ‘Lok, our only win there was in the West Of Scotland Cup final of 1987 against Auchinleck Talbot. Kilwinning Rangers await the winner next week.

Both matches this year between the clubs have ended in draws, back in August it was 0-0 at Blair Park then in March it finished one a piece at Newlandsfield. Seven of the last 16 games played between the clubs has ended in a draw, so a close game could be on the cards.

Hurlford dispatched of Arthurlie in the previous round, winning 3-1 at Blair Park, in the same round Pollok beat Clydebank 1-0 at Newlandsfield.

Hurlford started their WoSFL Cup run at home against Vale of Leven, the game finished 1-1, with Hurlford winning 6-5 on penalties. Kilbirnie Ladeside were the next visitors to Blair Park and were beaten 2-0. Next up was a trip to James McGrory Park to face St Rochs, leaving with a 2-1 win to set up their quarter final tie with Arthurlie.

Hurlford were formed in 1912, they are managed by Darren Henderson. The last trophy they picked up was the West of Scotland Junior Cup when they won it 2018. They have won one Scottish Junior Cup, lifting the famous trophy in 2014.

Several former players have played for Kilmarnock, David Bagan, a cup winner with Killie, Davie Sneddon, a league winner with Killie in 1965 and a man of many clubs, Mark Roberts.

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Last weekend saw Pollok record a 5-1 win over Beith at Newlandsfield in a great display. Shaun Fraser opened the scoring on the 9th minute followed by goals from Derek Esplin, Adam Forde, Gary McCann and rounded off by a 90th minute goal by recent signing Callum Graham. Pollok’s second 5-1 win this season.
Following up from the weekend we travel to Blair Park to take on Hurlford on Wednesday. Hurlford are undefeated so far this season, a 1-1 draw at Blair Park against Rutherglen the latest result. They have picked up wins over Kilbirnie, Bonnyton and Glenafton and drew with Blantyre Victoria. Hurlford are currently a point and a position below Pollok in the West of Scotland Premier Division, sitting 5th. Pollok will have to be wary of danger man, Lewis Morrison who has netted five goals in five matches, Morrison signed for ‘The Ford’ in 2018 after a season playing for Sligo Rovers in Ireland, he previously had spells at Kilmarnock and St Mirren.
Hurlford were formed in 1912, they are managed by Darren Henderson. The last trophy they picked up was the West of Scotland Junior Cup when they won it 2018. They have won one Scottish Junior Cup, lifting the famous trophy in 2014.
Several former players have played for Kilmarnock, David Bagan, a cup winner with Killie, Davie Sneddon, a league winner with Killie in 1965 and a man of many clubs, Mark Roberts.
The last meeting between the clubs took place on January 18th, 2020 at Newlandsfield when goals from Stuart McCann and Chris Duff saw ‘The Lok’ victorious.
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Highlights from Mark Donnelly

 

Pollok continued their recent tour of Ayrshire for Matchday 13 of the McBookie West Premiership with a trip to Blair Park to face Hurlford. The team showed five changes from the one which started the previous week against Irvine Meadow with Sideserf suspended, Henry injured and Dallas, Evans and Russell having to settle for a place on the bench. They were replaced by the five who had sat on the bench the previous week ? MacKenzie, Boyle, Barron, Duff and Gary McCann.

With the pitch in superb condition and the sun shining the stage was set for a good game of football. Unfortunately for the fans in attendance ? the majority of whom were supporting the away side – what transpired in the first half was not a good game of football.?

The first real goal mouth incident occurred in the thirty-sixth minute when a long ball from keeper Lumsden was expertly flicked on by Stuart McCann for Forde to run on to. He rounded the despairing dive of the Hurlford keeper and although forced a little wide fired a low shot towards the near post. Unfortunately for Pollok, left back Dickson had made great strides to get back on the goal line and was able to kick clear.

With Robertson marshalling the Hurlford defence superbly and snuffing out Pollok attacks with increasing regularity it looked like the half time whistle would come without a goal been scored. Then in the forty third minute ? with Pollok enjoying the bulk of the possession ? Barron played a loose pass in his own centre circle. With the defence not set Hurlford were able to play two quick passes out to the right and when the inviting cross came in McKenzie was able to find space between the two backtracking centre halves to send an unstoppable header past Lumsden.

Duff had a chance to equalise straight away but fired a well struck shot at the keeper when others were screaming for a pass. So a disappointing half had finished with a flurry of activity and the home side in the lead.

The second half saw Pollok up their domination of possession with Hurlford happy in the main to protect their lead. Half chances came and went with Dickson clearing a McCann header off the line and the keeper making a couple of routine saves. At the other end Lumsden was forced into a point blank save after some unconvincing Pollok defending.

The introduction of Shaun Fraser led to an increase in creativity as Pollok continued their search for an equaliser. Fraser actually had the ball in the net in the eighty fifth minute with a very neat finish from a McCann flick on of a Gallacher through ball but the linesman had his flag up. It looked a contentious decision with Fraser in line with the Hurlford defence and Russell ? not interfering with play ? being the one flagged.

Pollok continued to press but an inviting Stuart McCann cross which no one could get on the end of and a rasping Esplin drive which stung the palms of the well positioned keeper were the closest they came.

So Pollok?s three week tour of Ayrshire ended in a defeat. Hurlford had the star performers on the day but by no means dominated or created lots of chances. It was points given away by the league leaders. Pollok now have a Junior Cup tie at Linlithgow to look forward to before yet another away league game at Rutherglen before a welcome return to Newlandsfield is on the fixture list. Peter Thomson

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Match action from Mark Donnelly

FT Hurlford 3 Pollok 3 . The Lok come from behind three times to get a point

GOAL! Hurlford 3 Pollok 3 (Rowan 86)

Goal. Hurlford 3 Pollok 2

GOAL! Hurlford 2 Pollok 2 (G.McCann 52)

HT Hurlford 2 Pollok 1

Goal. Hurlford 2 Pollok 1

GOAL! Hurlford 1 Pollok 1 (McCluskey 28)

Goal. Hurlford 1 Pollok 0

KO

Admission: ?6 adults, ?3 concessions.

Previous Meeting: Pollok 2 Hurlford Utd 0 (McBookie Super Premier, 10/03/18)

Directions to?Blair Park, Hurlford

Road

Sat Nav ??KA1 5BN – Blair Road

Match officials

Referee: Garry Doherty

AR1: David Milton

AR2: David White

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