Cumnock v Pollok


Cumnock v Pollok

Highlights and footage courtesy of Mark Donnelly

Hot on the heels of their opening day victory over Auchinleck Talbot, Pollok travelled to East Ayrshire to face Cumnock on match day two of the West of Scotland Premier Division. Cumnock had lost out to Arthurlie in a seven-goal thriller in their opening match.

Manager Maxwell made five changes from the weekend win. Dropping out were Gow, Rumsby, McKenzie, Maley and the injured Burrows. They were replaced by Morgan, Burns, Kerr, Duff and a trialist at right back.

The game did not take long in coming to life. After a speculative long-range effort from Cumnock, Pollok’s first real attack in the eighth minute bore fruit. After a Cumnock attack broke up Lindsay took his time to examine his options before sending a tremendous through ball for Duff in behind the home defence. His lobbed finish was exquisite and left Barclay with no chance.
Four minutes later Cumnock were level. A move down the left resulted in a strong penalty appeal after an attacker went over Morgan’s outstretched leg. The referee ignored the appeals and the ball broke back to the edge of the box where McKernon struck a low shot into the bottom corner.

The Southsiders retook the lead in the twenty third minute. A long throw found its way to the far side of the box where Forde turned and shot. He didn’t catch it the way he wanted but it turned into the perfect cross for Duff to side foot home from eight yards out.

The home side were having more of the play and Pollok’s lead lasted no longer than the first time. A corner from the right was powered home from six yards out by Tart.

Neither side were creating many chances from open play although Kerr headed just over from a corner before the sides went in level at half time.

The second half began with Pollok in the ascendancy with Forde linking play and looking towards goal at every opportunity. He found Christie with a through ball but he was well pressurised as he went to shoot and couldn’t keep his effort on target.

Seven minutes into the second half goalscorer Tart received a second yellow card and the home side were down to ten men. From the resulting free kick Kerr once again got his head on it but his effort looped just over the bar.

Whilst Pollok were now the dominant force they were struggling to break down a stubborn Cumnock rearguard. The closest they came to finding a winner was from corners. First Morgan and then Kerr were denied by good Barclay saves.

After a long free-kick into the box and a hashed Pollok clearance Cumnock hit the post whilst at the other end Forde curled a free kick just over the bar. There was controversy in injury time when Forrester received a straight red card for what looked like nothing more than a clumsy collision.

So the game finished with a point apiece. The kind of point that is hard to evaluate this early in the season although there will definitely be disappointment in the Pollok dressing room that they hadn’t made more of their man advantage in the second half.

(editor note: Scott Forrester’s red downgraded to yellow upon appeal)

Match report by Peter Thomson

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Cumnock vs. Pollok

Highlights from Mark Donnelly:

The goal from Mark Donnelly:


The Lok are on our travels to Ayrshire again as we head to Townhead Park to take on Cumnock on Saturday.

Wednesday night would see Pollok win 5-1, the third time in four home games we have recorded a 5-1. Four times we have scored five or more goals this season. Adam Forde scored his 60th goal for the club in his 101st match, a great record. A double from Callum Graham and goals from Bryan Wharton and Josh Weir were the other scorers, all four scorers scored on the Saturday previous against Rossvale too. The win moved Pollok into 4th place in the league with 19 points.

Cumnock currently sit 12th, with a record of 3 wins and 4 losses. Cumnock had the midweek off as their game with Darvel was postponed due to Darvel dealing with a covid outbreak. Their home record has been mixed so far, winning the opening game against Beith, followed by defeat against Cumbernauld and Irvine Meadow, who won 2-0 at Townhead last Saturday. Cumnock have picked up wins at Rossvale and Largs.

Formed a few years after Pollok, in 1912, Cumnock share our black and white stripe coloured home strip. They are also managed by our former manager, Tony McInally who left Pollok in 2018 after 5 years at the club. As McInally departed it offered his assistant Murdie MacKinnon the chance to take over and he will be hoping Pollok continue our fine form.

Cumnock have won the Scottish Junior Cup on two occasions in 1979 and 1989.

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Highlights from Mark Donnelly

Full-time:a 4-1 win for Lok!

86 mins: Paul Gallacher restores Lok’s three-goal cushion (1-4)

74 mins: Cumnock pull a goal back through Raymond Montgomerie (1-3)

63 mins: Cumnock down to 10 men.

Half-time: 3-0 to Lok

39 mins: Another for Adam Forde! (3-0)

16 mins: Stuart McCann extends the Lok lead! (2-0)

6 mins: Lok go ahead through Adam Forde! Goal #18 for the season! (1-0)

We’re underway!

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Cumnock Juniors v Pollok

Highlights c/o Mark Donnelly

Report c/o Christopher Dodds

Murdo McKinnon got the first win of his Pollok FC tenure on Saturday afternoon with a fine 3-1 victory over 10 man Cumnock at Townhead Park in a Scottish Cup 3rd round replay.

Pollok started the game the brighter of the two sides having the first chance of the game five minutes in through David Gormley.

Grant Evans played a neat forward pass into the feat of debutant Josh Watt, who slid the ball into the path of Bryan Young on the right hand side of the area, who knocked it into Gormley’s direction, who fired the ball across the goal and out for a goal kick.

Cumnock nearly made Pollok pay for their missed chances five minutes later. Jordan Longmuir left Carmichael’s deep cross from the left hand side, which allowed Reid to run in at the back stick, who dinked the ball back across goal only for Anson to head high and wide of the empty goal.

Pollok took the lead in emphatic fashion 20 minutes in. Bryan Young’s corner from the left hand side was met by the powerful David Gormley. Who beat his man in the aur six yards out and head beyond the reach of Ally Semple into the net.

60 seconds later Danny Mackenzie’s ball over the top was met by the impressive Josh Watt who instinctively lobbed the ball over Ally Semple after he caught him off his line to give the away side a two goal cushion.

Cumnock found themselves only a goal behind nine minutes later. Pollok switched off from the throw in on the right hand side, in which Reid’s ball from halfway found Scott Anson 18 yards out. Both Pollok defenders allowed him to turn and lift the ball over Longmuir into the top left hand corner.

Two minutes later Anson turned hero to sinner, after he was judged to have handled the ball in the penalty area following Danny Boyle’s header. David Gormley stepped up but Ally Semple pulled off a fantastic save to his right hand side parrying the ball behind for a corner.

With 10 minutes of the first half remaining Cumnock found themselves reduced to 10 men. Shaun Fraser timed his tackle perfectly on Faulds to set Pollok on the counter attack and in a moment of madness Faulds proceeded to kick out in Fraser’s face/chest area, leaving the ref no option but to give him his marching orders.

Ross Brash completed the scoring with just under half an hour remaining. Grant Evans picked the ball up in his own half. Giving some fans a flashback of Maradona in ’86 he fantastically dribbled through four ‘nock defenders before playing a neat through ball to Brash into the right hand side of the penalty area, who proceeded to fire the ball across goal into the bottom left corner from 15 yards out to send Pollok through to the 4th round of the Scottish Cup.

FT Cumnock 1 Pollok 3 – The Lok advance to the next round of the Scottish Cup

66? Ewan McNeil replaces Grant Evans

61? GOAL!!! Ross Brash makes it 3-1 to Pollok

59? Stuart McCann replaces Josh Watt

HT Cumnock 1 Pollok 2

40? RED CARD for Cumnock as Faulds is shown a straight red

38? PENALTY for Pollok. Saved by Semple

30? GOAL! Anson pulls one back for the hosts. 1-2

20? GOAL!!! It?s 2-0 to Pollok as new signing Josh Watt makes an instant impact

19? GOAL!!! Gormley puts the Lok ahead. 1-0.

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Cumnock Juniors v Pollok

footage courtesy of Mark Donnelly

UPDATE: FT Cumnock 1 Pollok 0

UPDATE: GOAL Cumnock 1 (Adam Forsyth 81) Pollok 0

UPDATE: HT Cumnock 0 Pollok 0

Last season’s meetings:

27th May 2017: [West of Scotland Cup Final]?Pollok 2 Cumnock 2 – Pollok win 5-4 on pens (Gallacher 52, Hepburn 90+2)

10th December 2016:[League]?Cumnock 3 Pollok 1 (Sideserf 18 (Pen))

5th November 2016: [League] Pollok 4 Cumnock 0 (D.Winters 30, Hepburn 70, Rowan 82, Walker 90+1)

Referee – Connor Ashwood (Cat 2D)
AR1 – Martin Hristov
AR2 – David White

This is ref Connor Ashwood’s fourth season on the SFA’s list of referees, and his first as a Cat 2 Development official. A young Glasgow association official, this is his fourth West region match of the season, having officiated Ardagh Glass games at Kilwinning and Kilbirnie as well as Arthurlie’s game with Neilston and the midweek tie between Clydebank and Rob Roy in the Central Sectional. He’s having a busy week as he also took charge of Albion Rovers vs. East Kilbride in the SPFL U20 West Development League on Monday night.

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