KIRKINTILLOCH Rob Roy slumped to defeat on Saturday after conceding a penalty late on in the second half.
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A converted second half penalty was enough to give visitors Arthurlie all three points in a match which was far from being a classic.
It was the Barrhead side who began the game in an attacking mode with Marks rattling a shot against the Rob Roy crossbar in the fifth minute. Minutes later Johnstone should have put Arthurlie ahead, but his finishing let him down.
In a period of Rob Roy attacks Fulton was over elaborate in the Arthurlie penalty box and the chance was lost then McLachlan fired a Mackie cross wide.
Midway through the half Marks dragged his shot wide when through on goal and then tested keeper Robertson, but his effort lacked power.
As the half-time whistle approached both sides spurned chances to take the lead. Rabs’ McLachlan had a shot on target, but there wasn’t enough behind it to trouble Ross then Mackie’s decent effort went narrowly past.
McKeown passed up a glorious chance for the Lie when he missed a Johnstone cross with the goal gaping then Johnstone curled a shot over the Rabs bar.
The second period began with both sides attack minded. Mackie brought out a fine diving save from Ross then home keeper Robertson had to be alert to collect an awkward bouncing Keenan free-kick. Minutes later Crawford was allowed space to head a Johnstone corner inches wide of the target.
Joe Bradley was causing problems for the Rabs defence with his strong running and on the hour mark he set up Johnstone, only for his winger to fire past the post. Arthurlie looked the more dangerous with Robertson doing well to block a Marks shot and Andrews completing the clearance.
The match-winning goal came from the penalty spot in the 77th minute when Marks was impeded in the box by Donnelly. Paul Stewart drilled the spot-kick low into the corner of Robertson’s net to put the visitors ahead.
In the remaining minutes Rabs attempted to rescue a point, but lacked the attacking fluency to test the visitors’ defence and it was Arthurlie who left Adamslie Park the victors.
Rob Roy: Robertson, Carter, McBride, Andrews, McAleenan (J Lindsay 62), Donnelly, McLachlan (Cairney 83), Fulton, McKay, Mackie(Gormley (62) , Easton, Subs not used: Lochhead, A Lindsay.