BANNOCKBURN AMS 2 – 1 CAMPSIE MINERVA
Last Monday Minerva travelled through to play Bannockburn Ams, last season’s League winners. The visitors opened well and attacked from the off, however, were unlucky to go a goal behind with 15 mins played.
The referee, unsighted, awarded the ‘Burn a throw in which should have went the other way but the home centre made no mistake when given the opportunity to shoot past Tait from close range.
Despite the setback Minerva kept to the game plan and came close on several occasions only to find the Bannockburn keeper in fine form.
The second period unfolded in a similar pattern to the first with both sides attacking at every opportunity and with an hour played Minerva got their much sought after equaliser when Pettigrew rattled the ball home from the edge of the box.
The pace of the game slowed slightly in the last period and despite chances from both sides the game had a draw written all over it until the first minute of injury time when a well hit shot from around 24 yards saw the ball fly between numerous legs and past and unsighted Minerva keeper. A cruel way to lose a game.
CAMPSIE MINERVA 1- 3 POSTAL UNITED
Newly promoted Postal United were the visitors to Ferguson Park in Lennoxtown on Saturday and turned in a good shift to earn a valuable three points.
Minerva opened well and Smart came close in the 7th minute with a shot that went wide.
The game changed, however, when the referee awarded a penalty to Postal. It seemed a harsh decision as a badly bouncing ball hit Harris on the arm by his side. The ref was not for debating the matter and Postal went one up from the spot.
Only 4 minutes later the visitors went further in front due to some schoolboy defending.
It was a case of the defenders thinking the keeper would clear and the keeper thinking the defenders would clear and as normally happens on these occasions nobody cleared allowing the Postal no 9 to fire the ball home.
Minerva got a goal back in the 34th minute after some good work by Corr set up midfielder Harris to curl a shot past the keeper.
The second half saw an unexplained deterioration in Minerva’s play. Bad passes and wrong decisions became the order of the day and from this Postal’s No 9 was able to notch his second reacting first to toe poke the ball home from all of 2ft. Without a doubt a poor display by the Campsie side.
Tait, Hutton, McGregor, Graham, Duff, Smart, Harris, McAulay, Corr, McLean, Pettigrew, McFall, McBride, McKie,Mitchell, Morton