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Pollok started the 2022/23 season of the West of Scotland Football League Premier Division with an away trip to newly promoted Petershill. A crowd of 300 observed a minutes silence as a mark of respect to former Pollok President Stuart MacDonald who had sadly passed away earlier in the week.
Pollok’s reshaped squad saw McKinnon give a starting debut to new signings Mullen, Rumsby, Docherty and Burns with fellow newcomers Christie and Sinnamon on the bench.
After a pre-season with more positive results than negative and highlighted by Forde’s wonder goal straight from kick-off against Newmains it was good to get back to competitive action.
It was a blustery afternoon in Springburn and the early play followed had little pattern to it. The first real sight at goal fell to the away side after a long ball over the top put McCann in down the right. His cross bounced in the middle of the box as the home side’s defence hesitated and Lyon nipped in to take a shot which produced a good save from the keeper.
Former Pollok favourite Hepburn was showing his usual appetite for the game and saw a back post header go just wide before an ambitious long-range shot went straight at Lumsden.
Lyon was at the heart of a lot of Pollok’s best play in the opening period and after a run from the centre circle saw a powerful shot tipped over the bar.
After Pollok failed to find the target from a couple of corners Petershill conjured up the best chance of the half so far. Having won the ball in midfield a couple of slick passes put Hepburn through on goal but from the edge of the box, his low shot went inches wide of the post.
As half-time approached Pollok opened the scoring with the best bit of play seen so far in the game. Burns floated a long-range pass over the defence where Docherty brought the ball down with an exquisite right-foot touch then showed great composure to slot the ball into the far corner with his left foot. A truly superb goal with which to open his Pollok account and showed great respect to his former club by not celebrating.
Moments later Docherty had the chance to double his tally after being put through down the inside-right channel but his shot was well blocked by McNeill.
The second half saw Krol on for injured captain Brownlie and a change of shape. Dykes was first to threaten with a curling effort from outside the box which went narrowly over. He was to prove more accurate later in the half.
Pollok spurned a couple of great chances to double their lead. A great bit of wing play by Lyon saw him cut it back to Docherty whose low shot was saved by McNeill’s foot. Then Dykes found himself in space at a corner but could only head wide.
As so often happens a team is made to pay for such profligacy. On the hour mark a sweeping pass out to the right found Hepburn in acres of space. His low cross found McDonald in a similar amount of space. His measured shot past Lumsden was spectacularly cleared off the line by Esplin but Brodie was following up to slot home the rebound. 1-1.
Hepburn had a jinking run which had the Pollok rear-guard retreating before Lumsden did well to block his shot as the game was back up for grabs.
After a good move down the right ended with Dykes’ shot blocked Pollok retrieved the ball and kept the pressure on. Dykes swept a cross-field pass back out to the right wing where it was fed on to Christie. He got to the bye-line before cutting back to Dykes who produced a calm, side-footed volley finish to restore Pollok’s lead with just over a quarter of an hour to go.
Straight from the restart Pollok won the ball back and broke quickly. Christie was given the chance to extend the lead but his powerful shot was batted away by McNeill.
With five minutes left Pollok did find a third. A corner from the right was missed by those in the middle and at the back post, Dykes controlled it on his chest before firing home off the underside of the bar.
Once the ref got to grips with the new rules regarding substitutions Sinnamon came on with a couple of minutes to go to take the number of Pollok debutants on the day to six.
A very decent performance from the Southsiders saw them start the season with three points on the road. The summer signings made a favourable impression as they continue to bed into their new surroundings.
Match report by Peter Thomson
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Pollok travel to the North of Glasgow on Saturday as we take on Rossvale. Both clubs were in action in midweek, Pollok drawing 0-0 away to Hurlford while at the same time Rossvale were rampant as they beat Kilbrinie 6-1 away in Ayrshire.
The victory on Wednesday was Rossvale’s first win of the season and will be hoping it turns their league form around, hopefully not starting on Saturday! Two goals a piece from Jamie Young and Shug Kerr were added to by James Finlay and 16-year-old Ricco Diack, to give new boss and Ricco’s dad, Iain Diack his first win.
Diack took over as manager after Rossvale lost their first two games, and it looks like they are coming through the other side after a difficult spell of injuries that have blighted their start to the season.
Rossvale were formed in 1976 as a boys team and still have a large academy section with over 600 players. The club joined the Juniors in 2011 and quickly progressed through the leagues, being promoted to the West Region Premiership before moving to the West of Scotland Football League in 2020.
The club have had a nomadic existence, with their home base being Huntershill in Bishopbriggs but with upgrades being required by the local council the WoSFL side have had to play at New Tinto Park last season and this season sees them return to Petershill Park having groundshared there previously.
Diack has added James Dolan in the last couple of days, a loan signing from Ayr United.
Pollok last faced Rossvale on 7th December 2019 when it finished all even, 1-1. Adam Forde scored his 50th goal for ‘The Lok’. Forde could make his 100th appearance on Saturday if he plays.
Highlights from Mark Donnelly
Pollok kicked off preseason with a 6-0 win over recently relegated Petershill. First half goals from Forde and a pair of ‘dinks’ over the goalkeeper by Gary McCann sent Pollok in ahead at the break.
Second half goals by new signing Gerry McLauchlan, a penalty by Chris Dallas and Forde’s second wrapped up a good first day back at the office.
All substitutes apart from Jordan Longmuir got a run out.
Next up for Pollok is a match against Championship side Arthurlie at Dunterlie this coming Wednesday. Kick off at 7:15pm.
Goals from Davie Brown
Stuart and Gary McCann were the star performers in Pollok?s fourth round tie against Rossvale, a game that saw where ex-Clyde and Auchinleck Talbot forward David Gormley make his debut for the Lok, with the former scoring a scrumptious diving header on the stroke of half time to give the visitors the lead.
The hosts started brighter at New Petershill Park with Crichton coming close, shooting from 20 yards, stinging the palm of Pollok youth prospect Scott Johnson in goals. Debutant David Gormley then went up the other end and hit a fierce drive towards Donnelly in the Vale net with the keeper collecting easily. The lightning quick Del Hepburn, who the pitch suited to a ?t?, took the ball round Rossvale full back McGrath to swing in a beautiful cross, winning a corner in the process which was cleared. Steven McGladrigan latched on to a poor touch by makeshift centre half Ryan MacGregor firing over on 26 minutes. On the stroke of half time Stefan McCluskey fed in Gary McCann who whipped in a scrumptious cross from the right hand side for his brother Stuart to latch onto with a vintage diving header into the top left corner from six yards out in a half which struggled to get the fans excited. For a cup tie and the venue that it was played at, the first half, in horrendous weather conditions, didn?t live up to expectations, giving fans a hard period to watch.
Pollok started the second half smelling the blood of their wounded opposition, with Stefan McCluskey scoring right from kick off. Full back Paul Byrne played the ball over the top with Vale defender David Leadbetter misjudging the flight of the ball allowing McCluskey to pounce on the loose ball, take a touch and slot it home to the keepers right hand side, leaving him no chance, making it 2-0 to the visitors and the game much more comfortable in Lok’s favour.
Lok turned it up a gear and were probing with Gary McCann squaring to Del Hepburn after being played in by Bryan Young, who tried taking it round the keeper who read the situation perfectly. A few minutes later on 65 minutes Del Hepburn made it 3-0 with a neat one ? two with Gary McCann on the edge of the area, slotting it into the far corner leaving Donnelly in goals wanting. Rossvale, got a second wind and forced a good save from young Scott Johnson with a well struck free kick in the final 10 minutes parrying wide from the top left hand corner, a save for the cameras.
Lok gaffer Tony McInally was beaming as he spoke of his teams performance. ?I’m delighted with our performance. I thought Rossvale had a game plan which they stuck to for as long as possible, with a makeshift defence and a young goalie coming in in those conditions and sticking to what they had to do they performed really well. Im glad on a personal level for Stuart McCann who?s developed really well, He scored a fantastic goal today. Also with Scott Johnson who came in and coped with what was asked of him. Theres room for improvement, but he?s trained with us for a year now and he will only get better with other opportunities.”
Report by Christopher Dodds.
Goal highlights courtesy of lokpars
Post match with Tony. Thanks to Martin Donnelly
Referee: Calum Scott
POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW AND ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS
Admission: ?6 adults, ?3 concessions.
Previous Meeting: Pollok 5 Rossvale 0 (Pre-season 2016/17)
Directions to Petershill Park
Sat Nav ??G21 4DD, Adamswell Street
Leave the M8 at Junction 15 (Castle Street) and follow signs for the A803 for Kirkintilloch. Head north on Springburn Road and turn right at the 4th set of traffic lights into Atlas Road. Take the first right into Flemington Street, right again into Ayr Street, then take the first left into Adamswell Street and the entrance to the car park is on the right hand side.
There are a limited number of disabled parking bays at the top of the hill, these can be reached by driving into the top level of the car park and following the road up the hill to the complex. These bays will be available to ?blue? badge holders only.
Springburn and Barnhill stations are around 5 minutes walk from the ground. They can both be reached from Glasgow Queen Street lower level with trains from high level also stopping at Springburn. Check up to date train times on the Scotrail website
The ground can be reached by bus with the 57 First Glasgow service running from the Southside straight through to Springburn via the City Centre. Up to date timetables can be found on First Glasgow?s website.
Referee: Calum Scott