Irvine Vics 1
Rob Roy 1
Rob Roy had to come back from a half-time deficit to share the points in a match they controlled for long periods and can look on as two points lost rather than one gained.
Rabs showed eagerness in the opening period and should have capitalised on a number of early chances.
In the second minute Ally Martin’s effort from inside the penalty box was saved by home keeper Chris Lamb.
Minutes later the keeper easily collected a McDonald header from a Duff cross. In the 12th minute the keeper blocked an Upton drive as the visitors pushed for the lead.
In the 14th minute the Irvine side went in front very much against the run of play when, in their first venture into the Rabs half, Bobby Colligan collected a cross and lobbed the ball over keeper Murdoch.
After 22 minutes Duff set up McDonald with a neat pass but the striker’s finishing let him down and failed to trouble Lamb. Rabs continued to attack with Upton’s header just clearing the bar.
Before the break Vics replied with Adam heading over.
It was the home side who began the second half the livelier with Baird having a goal-bound effort blocked then they should have punished Rabs for slack defending when the unmarked McMaster rose to head the ball wide of the post.
With Rabs chasing the equaliser McDonald sent his shot well wide before Upton’s fierce drive was parried to safety by Lamb, the keeper who was having a fine game did well to save from Duff then at the other end Adam squandered a great chance to increase his side’s lead when sent through on goal from a Colligan pass he managed to drill the ball past the post from a couple of yards out.
Rob Roy drew level in the 67th minute when Chris Duff picked up the ball midway into the Vics half and made a determined run towards goal before drilling the ball past Lamb for a brilliant solo effort.
In the final quarter both sides had chances to take the maximum points with keeper Jon Murdoch making a good save from a McKay header with substitute Chesney heading a Davidson corner over the bar. Martin’s shot lacked power with Upton’s shot saved by the sprawling Lamb.
Rabs had a couple of decent claims for penalty kicks turned down in the final minutes by the referee and it was the home side who were the happier of the two to collect the single point.