Honours even as Rabs and Peasie go toe-to-toe

Adamslie Park, Kirkintilloch. Rob Roy v Petershill. 3.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Adamslie Park, Kirkintilloch. Rob Roy v Petershill. 3.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

RIVALS Rob Roy and Petershill are currently at the top of the table ... and the spoils were shared when they met at Adamslie Park on Saturday.

Rob Roy................ 1

Petershill............. 1

West of Scotland Premier Division

ROB Roy’s failure to convert territorial superiority into goals saw Petershill retain their position at the top of the Super Premier Division.

Rabs came close to opening the scoring in the third minute when David Gormley’s free kick sent Kevin McBride free, but his dangerous cross flashed across the face of the goal with no-one able to make the final contact.

It was Petershill who drew first blood in the 12th minute when ex-Adamslie Park favourite Stewart Maxwell floated over a corner kick which was sent back into the penalty area by Ryan McGregor to the well-placed Stephen McGladrigan, who netted easily from close range.

Four minutes later Rabs were back on level terms when MacKay’s inch-perfect cross was hammered home by Willie Easton (pictured).

Shortly after, Alan Lindsay hit a 35-yard volley which dipped just over the Peasie crossbar before Paul Woods rattled the Rabs bar. Rob Roy defender Willie McLachlan then came to the home side’s rescue – kicking a Paul McLauchlan header off the line.

Rabs began the second half with MacKay’s shot blocked on the goal-line before Mick Fulton wasted two golden opportunities to put Rob Roy ahead.

Petershill goalkeeper Steven McNeil then denied Rabs on three occasions, first by diving at substitute Chris Mackie’s feet as he ran in on goal, then blocking Fulton’s powerful drive before finally stopping a Gormley volley.

In stoppage time, both keepers were in action with McNeil saving a Fulton shot, then Stephen Robertson sprung low to smother a Paul McLaughlin effort.

Rob Roy: Robertson; McLachlan, McBride, Carter, A Lindsay, Cairney, MacKay, Fulton, Gormley, J Lindsay (Mackie 63), Easton (Redden 86). Sub not used: Lochhead.