Harestanes head through but Campsie Minerva go out

Action from Haresteanes' win over Arthurlie
Action from Haresteanes' win over Arthurlie

Harestanes made it through to the third round of the West of Scotland Cup despite a lacklustre performance in a 3-0 win over Arthurlie.

The game was a bit of a non-event and as flat as they come.

The visitors sat in for much of the match, content to crowd Harestanes out, keep the score down and hope for something on the break. Harestanes found it difficult to break them down in a low-key performance. They started in first gear and rarely accelerated out of this. Best man for them was Harper who twisted and turned to try and find a way through.

Fitzsimmons came close to securing an early lead but the keeper was there to punch out for the corner. Harper had a chance when through on the keeper but failed to make a telling touch on the ball.

Fitzsimmons had another chance with a back post header but it went straight into the keeper’s arms. Mackie put Harestanes ahead in the twentieth minute with a nice low strike into the left corner following a lay-off from Fitzsimmons. Welsh did come close to gifting Athurlie a goal when he got a touch to a free kick which then went narrowly wide. Fitzsimmons came close with a header which the keeper did well to punch clear.

Shields should have put Harestanes further ahead in the second half but shot over the bar from a yard out. Harper worked hard to give Harestanes their second. He persevered to win the ball from the defender and shoot low into the net.

Fitzsimmons made it three with a rocket of a free kick from just outside the ‘D’. The ball went in low at the left with the keeper stranded.

Meanwhile Campsie Minerva travelled to Dumbarton for their West cup tie with St Pat’s, but after a 2-1 defeat were lefte still scratching their heads as to why they failed to win the game comfortably.

In a scrappy first half where Minerva had most of the possession their was one clear chance which fell to Kimmett of Minerva who volleyed his effort wide from 15 yards and it was 0-0 at the break.

Minerva started the second half brightly playing some decent football but fell behind against the run of play. Sloppy play in the middle of the park allowed St Pats to break away and their number 8 slotted home from 12 yards out.

Minutes later Minerva were awarded a penalty. After great play down the left hand side allowed Brodie to drift past by three St Pats players he was wiped out in the box leaving the referee no option but to point to the spot. Pollock then superbly converted to make it 1-1.

Minerva should have been 2-1 ahead minutes later when after great play between Kemmitt and Howat to put Kerr through one on one with the goalie he blasted his effort straight at the goalie and the ball bounced off him and away to safety.

St Pats made it 2-1 from a free kick delievered into the box which deflected on to the back of a St Pats player’s head and bounced in off the post.

The final 20 minutes was all Minerva. Kerr should have scored from 15 yards but his effort just sailed over the crossbar and then the St Pats goalie pulled off a great stop with his foot to deny Kerr again.

In the last few minutes Howat was inches from taking the match to extra time when his header across goal just shaved the post and bounced out of play. A sore one for Minerva to take after playing some great football and creating many chances and thoroughly deserving to win the game but missing crucial chances cost them dearly and their place in the next round of the West of Scotland Cup.