Kirkintilloch side beaten by Springburn rivals, but promising signs are there...

Petershill Park - Petershill vs Rob Roy FC

Petershill Park - Petershill vs Rob Roy FC

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A MAJOR first-half defensive blunder was all that separated the sides in what was a tight, but entertaining league encounter.

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

Rob Roy................. 0

West of Scotland Premier League

First chance fell to Petershill in the seventh minute. From a corner, ex-Rabs player Fulton could only blast high over the bar from inside the box. Minutes later the same player was unable to make contact with a through ball from midfield.

It took 11 minutes before Rabs made a serious threat on the home goal with Bradley’s effort from a Lindsay corner taken smartly by home keeper White.

Both sides were spurning the few chances that were coming their way. Rabs’ Ohakam lost possession in midfield allowing McKenna a chance, but again his finishing let him down before Adam sent Diack through on goal but the visitors’ striker fired high and wide.

Peasy took the lead in the 22nd minute when a long Maxwell clearance deep into the Rabs half was met by Rabs central defender Ohakam, whose attempted headed back-pass to keeper Robertson was woefully short allowing Sean McKenna the opportunity to run in on goal and drill a shot into the back of the net.

The visitors hit back with Lindsay sending a 30-yard free-kick inches wide and Maxwell heading a Bradley goal-bound strike clear.

Maxwell tested Robertson with a couple of long-range efforts before the break, but neither side looked capable of adding to the single goal tally.

The second half came to life in the 51st minute when a rasping Meechan shot was brilliantly tipped over the bar by keeper White. Minutes later, in a Peasy counter attack, Woods robbed Connolly out on the left before crossing to McKenna who crashed a volley against the Rabs goal-frame with Robertson beaten.

With 14 minutes remaining McKenna was brought down outside the Rabs penalty box by substitute McAleenan, who was shown a straight red card.

In the final minutes Rabs showed more urgency with Meechan sending a free-kick just wide of the post then keeper White making a super stop from the same player to ensure all three points for the Springburn club.

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