Rob Roy fail to recover from catastrophic start

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Kirkintilloch side’s dodgy defence leaks two goals in opening six minutes

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West of Scotland Super Premier League

Having fallen two goals behind after only six minutes it was always going to be an uphill task for Rob Roy to overcome second placed Petershill.

Petershill took a second minute lead when they were awarded a free-kick after Bradley had fouled Burke.

There seemed little danger from Maxwell’s free-kick until it was fumbled into his net by home keeper Robertson.

Four minutes later the visitors doubled their lead when McGladrigan latched on to a long through pass from Murch to send the ball past Robertson.

Rabs grabbed a lifeline in the 13th minute. Bradley found space and threaded an accurate pass to Diack who slotted the ball past the advancing White from 8 yards. The Rabs striker came close to equalising on 15 minutes when he headed a C. Connolly cross wide of the post.

Rob Roy continued to attack, Diack headed a trialist’s cross over the bar.

Before half-time Peasy’s keeper White made a superb double save from Diack and Smith’s headers to ensure that his side went in at the break one goal ahead.

Robertson made a brave save at the feet of Finnigan to halt the Petershill forward from increasing their lead in the 47th minute.

Play became scrappy for a spell as both sides struggled for fluency.

McCabe twice came close to adding to his side’s total, heading Maxwell’s free-kicks inches wide.

However, in the 74th minute the visitors did snatch the important third goal, with the Rabs defence appealing for an offside decision, and as the flag stayed down McGladrigan was allowed to run through unchallenged before rounding Robertson and hammering the ball into the empty net.

With seven minutes remaining Rabs pulled one back when Lindsay curled a free-kick in to a crowded Petershill penalty box.

It was met by Chic Connolly who hooked the ball past White from close range.

Rabs sent bodies forward at the death in search of the equaliser, but to no avail as the Springburn side held firm for all three points.