Minerva triumph in five-goal derby thriller

Photograph Jamie Forbes 7.9.13. KIRKINTILLOCH - St Ninian's High School, Harestanes vs Campsie Minerva.
Photograph Jamie Forbes 7.9.13. KIRKINTILLOCH - St Ninian's High School, Harestanes vs Campsie Minerva.

HARESTANES suffered their first defeat of the season against their local rivals from Lennoxtown.

Harestanes ......................2

Photograph Jamie Forbes 7.9.13. KIRKINTILLOCH - St Ninian's High School, Harestanes vs Campsie Minerva.

Photograph Jamie Forbes 7.9.13. KIRKINTILLOCH - St Ninian's High School, Harestanes vs Campsie Minerva.

Campsie Minerva .................3

These games are always intense affairs with both sides intent on claiming the ‘bragging’ rights.

It was your clichéd game of two halves: Harestanes had the best of the first, Minerva can claim the second. Not the greatest display of football from either side but the excitement of the challenge overrode this.

Harestanes got off to the best of starts with a goal before the second minute had passed. Broadfoot broke down the right onto a Milne ball. He cut into the box and curled a low shot beyond the keeper into the left corner. In the 13th minute Proctor had a chance but shot straight at the Campsie keeper.

Photograph Jamie Forbes 7.9.13. KIRKINTILLOCH - St Ninian's High School, Harestanes vs Campsie Minerva.

Photograph Jamie Forbes 7.9.13. KIRKINTILLOCH - St Ninian's High School, Harestanes vs Campsie Minerva.

Two minutes later McLaughlin took a free for Minerva just outside the eighteen yard line. His low ball looked to be heading in low left til O’Boyle managed to turn it round the post.

In the 22nd minute the visitors again came close with a shot which Campbell just blocked.

Campsie equalised in the 36th minute. A goalmouth scramble saw the ball eventually turned in. In the 38th minute Cawley inadvertently came to Minerva’s rescue. He got in the way of a Broadfoot shot that looked to be heading in. At the other end O’Boyle did well to race out his area to block a McLaughlin run-through.

From having a fair amount of dominance in the first half, Harestanes fell out the game in the second and were punished for this. McCafferty did have an early chance for the lead but shot wide of the post. Broadfoot nearly got a head to a McCafferty free but was only inches away. 22 minutes into the half saw Campsie take the lead. O’Boyle came off his line for a high ball, missed and the Minerva man headed in. Nine minutes later the reliable Jarvis made a mistake to allow Campsie to take the ball and play it out to their man on the wing. He cut inside and shot low into the left corner.

At the death a free kick from McCafferty sailed into the top right to finish the match.

Harestanes Tote: one winner – £250.

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