KIRKINTILLOCH Rob Roy roared back to winning ways with a great 3-1 away victory over Blantyre Vics on Monday (April 29).
It means the Rabs are now through to the fourth round of the New Coin Holdings West Of Scotland Cup
Meanwhile, the previous Monday, Rob Roy lost 5-3 on penalties after drawing 2-2 with Pollok.
The Kirkintilloch side failed to secure a Central League quarter-final spot, going out after a penalty shoot-out in an untidy encounter.
Rabs got off to a dream start – scoring after only two minutes, Diack sent over a cleverly weighted cross from the right for the unmarked Easton to hammer home from close range.
Bradley should have increased the Adamslie Park side’s lead in the 17th minute, but fired wide with only the keeper to beat.
A minute later Pollok equalised. McAulay launched the ball deep to the back post to Sawers to send a looping header over Rabs keeper Robertson and into the net.
Before the interval Rabs suffered a double injury blow when Diack then Chick Connolly limped off injured.
Three minutes after the break McAleenan sent Easton through on goal, but keeper McCluskey beat him in a race to the ball.
Sawers had an opportunity to score for Lok, but curled his shot just wide of goal.
Rabs went in front from the penalty spot in the 61st minute when ex-Rabs player Carter brought Bradley down in the box, giving referee Colin Steven an easy decision to make.
Kenny Connolly gave McCluskey no chance with his well-taken spot-kick.
Rabs stepped up their game with Easton bringing out a fine save from McCluskey.
Minutes later the home side should have made it three when Hunter set up Lindsay, but his weak shot went past the post.
At the other end Sawers miss-hit a shot when in a good position before Robertson brilliantly tipped over a Kane volley.
Pollok squared the tie in the 74th minute when McAulay sent over a cross from the left for Sawers to power a header into the net with Robertson just failing to keep the ball out. In the final minute Sawers thought he had completed his hat-trick, but the assistant’s flag brought an end to the striker’s celebrations.
Pollok scored with their first four penalty kicks. Lindsay, Connolly and Crooks counted for Rabs but keeper McCluskey saved Bradley’s eighth kick, leaving Lok’s Reilly to score the ninth spot-kick and secure a place in the quarter finals of the cup.
Rob Roy............ 0
Irvine Meadow...... 6
West of Scotland Super Premier Division
Irvine Meadow rattled in six goals against an inert Rob Roy side whose performance was devoid of commitment and ideas, and who were outplayed for much of the match.
Meadow took only three minutes to snatch the lead when McLennan sent Barr through on goal to slot the ball past home keeper Robertson. Lindsay’s effort was turned wide for a corner by Campbell as Rabs attempted to pull themselves back into the match. Minutes later Robertson did well to save a Campbell header.
The Ayrshire side increased their lead in the 20th minute when clever work by Strain allowed Barr through on goal to fire his second goal of the match. Meadow came close to adding another when Halliday curled in a dangerous free-kick past a stationary Rob Roy defence.
Bradley set up Meechan in one of the Rabs’ infrequent attacks, but his effort was well taken by keeper Wardrope. With Meadow in the driving seat the Rabs defence looked vulnerable.
Irvine Meadow went further ahead in the 48th minute when Campbell rose to head a Halliday corner past Robertson.
Keeper Robertson did well to touch a Hamilton drive past his post, but from Strachan’s corner the visitors were awarded a penalty kick when Smith handled in the box. Barr made an excellent job with the spot-kick – sending Robertson the wrong way.
It was now one-way traffic with Meadow showing an impressive display of open football. Robertson again did well to save from Barr, Halliday had a goal-bound shot deflected for a corner then Barr headed a Strachan corner a foot wide.
In the 70th minute Meadow’s keeper Wardrope, who had been a virtual spectator for much of the match, brilliantly tipped over Connolly’s powerful 30-yard drive.
Three minutes later McGowan headed on for Hamilton to nod the ball past Robertson for goal number five. This was enough for many of the Rabs support as they drifted towards the exit.
In the late stages both Bradley and Jamie Lindsay had strikes at goal, but they were off target.
In the final minute Barr completed the demolition when he rounded Robertson before slotting home his fourth goal and Meadow’s sixth.
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