VICTORY was sweet for Harestanes as they booked their place in the final of the M&M Trophy with another impressive display.
St Pat’s................. 1
Apart from a period at the start of the second half, Harestanes controlled the match with dominant defending and incisive attacking flair.
St Pat’s had no real answers. They must have thought they were in with a shout having comprehensively beaten Harestanes three weeks earlier.
Harestanes went into this game with a whole different attitude which St Pat’s struggled to deal with.
Harestanes took the lead in the second minute.
Oliver fired in a free kick, Broadfoot got a touch, Hay stole in and shot into the net.
They went further ahead in the 12th minute. J. Marshall broke from the middle, attacked the defence, slipped to McRae who shot into the bottom corner.
St Pat’s did manage to get the ball in, but were ruled offside.
Harestanes came close to going further ahead, but Broadfoot’s shot was a couple of feet over. P. Marshall also came close with a header from a Welsh corner. He headed down, but the ball bounced into the keeper’s arms. Harestanes continued to dominate the half – they were first to second balls, the 50-50s and whatever was loose.
St Pat’s started the second half in more determined mood. For a time they looked as though they might make some impact.
In the 50th minute only a strong two-handed block by McKegney prevented them pulling one back.
However, they were reduced to long-range attempts.
Their attempted come-back was thwarted in the 58th minute. J. Marshall sent the ball in from the right, the defender attempted to clear, missed and Hay was on hand to cash-in on the error.
Two minutes later Harestanes all but wrapped things up with a shot from Oliver.
The ball was going in, but was helped on its way by a deflection.
St Pat’s did manage some consolation in the 90th minute with a 25-yard drive which sailed into the net.
Harestanes face Kilsyth in the final tonight (Wednesday, May 25) at Kilsyth Rangers.
Harestanes: McKegney, Cobain, Welsh, P. Marshall, Campbell, McRae, J. Marshall, Cawley, Hay, Oliver, Broadfoot.Subs: Madden, McCafferty, McClelland, McCluskey, Newall.