Minerva in heaven after seven-goal thriller

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DRUMCHAPEL United were the visitors to the High Park, Lennoxtown on Saturday. A team with a formidable reputation and rightly so, as this Drum side are favourites to win the league, have already bagged the League Cup and the West of Scotland Cup, and are in the final of the Scottish Amateur Cup.

Campsie Minerva............. 4

Drumchapel United........... 3

Fosters Premier Division

DESPITE the task facing them the Minerva players were in optimistic mood and ultimately secured a win to keep their hopes of avoiding relegation very much alive.

Both teams started on the front foot and both keepers were soon called into action. As early as the fourth minute Minerva had a good shout for a penalty turned down as they tried to take the game to their opponents.

Drumchapel, however ,are considered by many to be the best amateur side in Scotland and as the game unfolded Minerva keeper Cawley chose this game to prove he is one of the best young keepers in the league with a string of excellent saves.

McKenna should have opened the scoring in the 27th minute after being sent through by McKie. The forward was unlucky to see his lob over the keeper go inches wide.

With 39 minutes on the clock the visitors capitalised on a misunderstanding in the home defence and took the lead. One minute later however Minerva equalised from the penalty spot through McKie after Smart had been hauled back in the box. The Drum defender was rightly red-carded by the ref.

The second half was only four minutes old when McKie scored his and Minerva’s second goal after being set up by the industrious Duff. McKie was to get his hat-trick in the 53rd minute with a thundering free kick from around 30 yards that left the visitors’ keeper helpless. It was

McKie again who bagged his own fourth and Minerva’s in the 66th minute, taking full advantage of some slack play between the Drum keeper and their centre half.

It has to be said at this point that despite the scoreline Drumchapel never stopped playing football and continued to press forward at every opportunity.

With 90 mins played Minerva were 4-1 in front. To the annoyance of the sidelines the referee announced he was playing six minutes of added time.

These precious minutes were enough for the 10-man Drum side to score another two goals before the final whistle was blown in the 97th min.

Minerva’s relegation battle continues in midweek when they travel to Drumchapel for the reverse of this fixture.

Minerva: Cawley, Andrews, Freedman Gow, Morton, Young, Duff, Smart, McCaig, McKenna, McKie. Subs: Lenaghan, Krasniqi, Coventry, Harvey.