ROB Roy produced an assured and professional performance to take all three points against Cumnock Juniors with striker David Gormley hitting a well-struck hat-trick.
Cumnock Juniors...................... 1
Rob Roy.............................. 3
West of Scotland Premier League
The result takes the Adamslie Park side back to fourth spot in the league table.
In a tentative start from both sides, early play was mainly confined to midfield, with the only action of note being Gormley’s shot just wide of the target and a Donnelly header which was easily saved by home keeper Kennedy.
Then, out of the blue, Cumnock grabbed a 26th minute lead when the Rabs defence dithered, allowing Connelly time and space to cross into the Rabs penalty area – giving Miller the chance to knock the ball past Robertson.
Spurred on by the goal the Ayrshire side grew in confidence with Wallace firing across the Rabs goalmouth without finding any takers. Then from a Wallace cross Connelly headed past.
Rabs made a tactical change on the half-hour mark – replacing A. Lindsay with Fulton.
Ten minutes before the interval Rabs had Cumnock on the back foot with Doyle testing Kennedy from distance.
The same player then crashed a Gormley cut-back against the upright as the visitors pushed for the leveller.
The equaliser came five minutes before the break when Fulton launched a long, looping cross from the right wing into the home penalty box – causing the Cumnock defence problems. Smith at the far post sent the ball back into the mix where it was met by David Gormley who sent a thunderous volley high into the net.
Two minutes later Gormley ensured Rabs went in at half-time a goal ahead when he sent an audacious chip from 18 yards over Kennedy’s flailing arms.
It only took Rabs eight second-half minutes to extend their lead when ex-Pollok player Iain Diack, making his Rabs debut, cut in from the right before squaring a pass to Gormley at the back post for a simple tap-in – completing his hat-trick.
Minutes later Kennedy made a brave save at Easton’s feet as Rabs pushed for more goals.
Midway through the half Cumnock began to gain the upper hand and Rabs keeper Robertson made two brilliant saves from McKnight and Wild, then rose to take a dangerous Bonet free-kick.
Having weathered the storm Rabs hit back with Gormley, who caused problems for the home defence all afternoon, firing inches past the post and Diack sending in a low shot which lacked power.
In the final minutes Rabs played out the game with comfort although they were given a late scare when, from a Bonet cross, Howie fired over the bar from close range.
Rob Roy: Robertson, McLachlan, McBride, Smith, A Lindsay (Fulton 31), Donnelly, Connelly, Doyle, Gormley (Mackie 83), Diack (MacKay 88), Easton. Subs not used: Coakley, J Lindsay, McAleenan.