RAMPANT Rob Roy produced an outstanding performance to defeat second placed Arthurlie – a result which almost guarantees Super Premier League football will be played at Adamslie Park next season.
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Rabs began on the attack with Sinclair only inches wide with a drive in the fourth minute. Then two minutes later from a Zok lay-off, McQuilken fired over the bar. The home side took the lead in the 16th minute when Chris Zok took advantage of a goalkeeping error to drill the ball into the empty net from the tightest of angles.
Arthurlie grabbed an equaliser in the 25th minute when Steve McKeown was allowed time and space in the box to volley past McNeil.
Both defences were coping well with the strong swirling wind. Keeper Parry cut out a dangerous cross from Zok, then at the other end McLay was off target with a volley.
A minute before the interval Rabs launched a perfect counter-attack to surge ahead when Paul McQuilken sent Craig Feroz free on goal with a delicate cushioned pass. Rabs top scorer made no mistake in hammering the ball into the net.
The first chance of the second half fell to Feroz, but the Athurlie keeper held the striker’s lob confidently. In the 52nd minute Arthurlie should have equalised when in front of goal McLay headed over. Three minutes later McQuilken saw his drive blocked – the rebound fell to Zok, but his snap shot rippled the side-netting.
On the hour mark Merriman’s long-range effort tested McNeil in the Rabs goal then minutes later a 25-yard free kick from McLay rebounded off the keeper’s chest and was scrambled clear.
The strong running Gow was causing problems for the Arthurlie defence with his attacking moves down the left flank.
With three minutes remaining claims for an Arthurlie penalty – after Boyle tumbled in the box – were turned down by referee Robertson.
Deep in stoppage time there was a scare for Rabs when McNeil misjudged a harmless shot, allowing the ball to drop for a corner. The set-piece came to nothing and Rabs secured their third win in six days.
Rob Roy: McNeil, Dunlop, Sheridan, Carter, McGregor, McQuilken, Muir, Sinclair, Feroz, Zok (Craig 88), Gow. Unused subs: McMenamin, Upton, Martin, McLay, Wilson.