HARESTANES made the short journey to Lennoxtown on Saturday to take on local rivals Campsie Minerva in the first round of the McIntyre & McAvoy Trophy.
Campsie Minerva.......... 0
McAvoy & McIntyre Trophy Rnd 1
A decent crowd surrounded the tight High Park pitch as the match got underway.
Minerva had a good opportunity with only two minutes played, but McLaughlin failed to hit the target with a header from a C. Duff cross.
The early open play from both teams saw Hares forward McDonald bring out a good save from Tate in the Minerva goal. Not long thereafter it was C. Duff’s turn to try and get a header on target, but again the Minerva forwards failed to trouble
Wilson in the visitors’ goal – missed chances that would prove costly for the home side.
Just before half-time Cawley was lucky to avoid the wrath of the ref after a crude challenge on J. Duff.
From the resultant free-kick some 23 yards out Lenaghan brought out a good save from Wilson.
It was a blank scoreline at half-time. Minerva had produced chances, but failed to test the visitors’ keeper. Harestanes would have been happy with their workrate, with good performances from Cawley and McRae.
The second period was a bit of a dour affair with both teams trying their best on the tight pitch.
Kemmitt and McRae were having a good midfield tussle, with J. Duff and McCaig putting in good shifts for Minerva.
Minerva centre-half Mooney had to leave the action on the hour mark after twisting his ankle badly and changes were to be made in the middle of the park too for Minerva with both Smart and Kerr introduced.
Kerr in particular made an impact with some good runs at the Hares defence.
Overall though the game itself was looking more and more like an even contest with the probability that one goal could settle the match.
There was eight minutes remaining when the solitary goal came.
A run up the right wing by McCambley, evading some flimsy Minerva challenges, saw a decent cross headed home by Cobain.
This proved to be the only goal of the game in what turned out to be a bit of a stuffy encounter with neither side turning in top class performances.
Minerva: Tait, Robertson, McCaig, Mooney, Morton, C. Duff, Kemmitt, J. Duff, Lenaghan, McKenna, McLaughlin. Subs: Smart, Kerr, McLaughlin, Coventry.
Harestanes: Wilson, Black, McClune, Cawley, Campbell, McRae, McCambley, Cobain, McDonald, Tulloch, Broadfoot. Subs: Welsh, McIntosh, McKegny, McClelland.