CUP dream over for Campsie Minerva...
Campsie Minerva................ 1
Thorn Athletic................. 3
West of Scotland Cup Round 4
HIGH Park in Lennoxtown was looking good, the temperature was reaching double figures for the first time this year and the sun was shining.
A good sized home support had congregated on what looked like a good day for a game of football. After 90 minutes however, it seemed too many Minerva players just decided not to turn up after putting in one of their most lacklustre performances of the season.
Even with around 30 minutes played, the Minerva management team of Lenaghan and Wingate had the look of worried men, with the battling performances, the spring in the step of the players and a direct approach apparently posted missing.
In the 37th minute though forward Krasniqi brought the smiles back to the Campsie faces, eluding his marker in the box before firing home in off the post for the opening goal.
It was to prove a false dawn.
The second period started with the visitors seeing more and more of the ball and when a Thorn Athletic free-kick was not cleared, an attacker was able to knock home the equaliser from close range.
Six minutes later Minerva went behind from a header following very poor defending from a defence that’s been rock solid in recent weeks.
Minerva began to throw more players forward and Smart came close with a spectacular overhead kick.
The game, however, ended as a competition in the last five minutes with two significant moments. Firstly the visitors keeper brought off an unbelievable save from a Krasniqi shot and only a minute or so later a quick breakaway by the Thorn side saw too many Minerva players committed forward and goal number three dumped Minerva out of the Cup.
Minerva - Cawley, Andrews, Ally Gow, Morton, Andy Gow, McCaig, Duff, Smart, Lenaghan, Krasniqi, McKie. Subs - Young, Gregg Freedman, Boyle, Gordon Freedman.