ON Saturday Gartcosh United travelled west in the league to Lochwinnoch to play Viewfield Rovers in search of three points to maintain their position at the top of the table in the Caledonian League.
Viewfield Rovers................ 1
Gartcosh United................. 3
Both teams played at the end of March resulting in a 1-0 victory for the Cosh, but Viewfield were eager to even the score with the home advantage.
A slow start from the Cosh saw Viewfield take advantage and they opened the scoring early from a corner. An in-swinger was won and cleared in the air by Gartcosh top goal-scorer Joe Shields, but it fell to the feet of the Viewfield centre-half who blasted an unstoppable shot into the net.
It was a wake-up call for Gartcosh. From the centre spot the tempo was increased, the Cosh midfield took control and within 10 minutes the score was even.
A cross from the right-back Gary Webb was dummied by Kevin McKendry and Joe Shields riffled a superb ‘Roy of the Rovers’ style volley past the keeper to make it 1-1.
At half-time Gartcosh manager Rab Graham gave his players an inspirational speech that fired up the side for the second half.
There was an increase in possession, but the game continued with few chances for either side. Viewfield made a final charge with 15 minues to go and keeper Wilson again pulled off an outstanding save to keep the game tied.
Gaffer Graham then took charge – making three changes from the bench, with Bain, Crozier and Stevenson entering the game, and a formational switch.
Within minutes Stevenson found Bain with a cross to the back post, but the header went wide. Stevenson again was involved with a drive into the box and was upended to win a penalty.
McKendry converted the spot-kick, sending the keeper the wrong way. The lead was extended two minutes later when a Shields cross was controlled by Crozier who turned, wrong-footed the keeper and passed a low shot into the net. The Cosh continued to attack, with Bain through on goal for a one-on-one with the keeper, but the strike was inches wide of the right post.
Another three points for the Cosh with an away game at East Kilbride up next.
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