IN a hard-fought contest Rob Roy secured all three points which ensures Premier League football at Adamslie Park next season.
Rob Roy................. 1
West of Scotland Premier League
The home side were first on the attack with both Johnston and Keenan firing wide in the opening minutes. Rabs came close to opening their account when Easton was fouled at the edge of the Arthurlie penalty box. Alan Lindsay crashed the resultant free-kick against the upright.
Rabs had a strong claim for a penalty when Diack went down in the box, but the referee waved play on. The visitors took the lead in the 26th minute when a McLachlan lob into the goalmouth from the right wing sailed over the head of keeper Ewings and landed in the back of the net.
McAleenan then came close with a 35-yard free-kick before Doyle drove past the post as Rabs ended the first half the stronger team.
Arthurlie came out after the interval searching for the equaliser and only a timely intervention from Donnelly halted a strong Stewart run into the Rabs half. At the other end McAleenan accepted a fine Gormley pass in front of goal, but failed to steer the ball home. Arthurlie had a chance to draw level in the 63rd minute, but McKeown’s volley rattled the junction of post and bar before being scrambled clear.
Midway through the second half Rabs were being pinned back. Substitute McLay headed a Stewart cross over the bar from close range before keeper Robertson saved a low Keenan shot. McLay passed up a glorious chance for The Lie to pull themselves back to level terms when he missed the target from less than a yard.
Rob Roy came back into the attack with Diack’s shot cleared for a corner then his effort from distance went over the bar. In the final minutes Arthurlie kept up the pressure, but failed to break down a stubborn Rabs defence – with both Donnelly and Connolly immense.
Rob Roy: Robertson, McLachlan, Love, Connolly, Donnelly, McAleenan, Doyle (MacKay 58), A Lindsay, Gormley, Diack, Easton (McBride 69). Subs not used: Fulton, J Lindsay, Coakley.