KIRKINTILLOCH’S shock troops are back on a league crusade after sending high-flying Irvine Meadow crashing out of the West of Scotland Cup.
Rabs recovered from being 1-0 down at half time to win 2-1 and progress to the last-16 at the expense of the league-leaders. It was a big turnaround from the week before when they lost to Dalry Thistle in the Scottish Cup.
Gaffer John Richardson said: “The result keeps the boys’ season rolling on and they deserve it as what they have given this season has been first class.
“It was a well deserved result – not a fluke – and it was just what we needed after going out of the Scottish Cup last week.
“The difference against Irvine Meadow was simply that we played well and put two chances into the net.
“We have such a young team that you have to expect some inconsistency, but if you’d told me at the start of the season that we’d get to the quarter final of the Scottish Cup, the last 16 of the West of Scotland and be in the position we are in the league I’d have bitten your hand off.”
Before the game there was a joint minute’s silence in memory of former club treasurer and St Ninian’s teacher Jan Combe, who passed away on Friday, and a Rob Roy supporter who died after becoming ill on the way to Rob Roy’s Scottish Cup quarter final.
It’s back to crucial league business for Rabs this weekend against Pollock and Richardson is keen to get the points needed to ensure Premier League football next year.
He said: “It’s now important to get a run of league results under our belts and climb up the table.
“We may be fifth bottom at the moment, but we have four or five games in hand over most of the teams above us.”
Rob Roy play Pollock in the Super League Premier Division this Saturday at Adamslie Park. Kick-off is at 2pm.