THE new season has been eagerly awaited by all connected with Campsie Minerva.
Campsie Minerva............... 4
Scotia Athletic............... 0
Fosters Division 1a
A new manager in place, new players signed and lots of hard work during pre-season ensured the team were well up for this opening league game played on the Ferguson Park in Lennoxtown.
The game started at a cracking pace and Minerva soon had the visitors on the back foot.
They opened the scoring after only five minutes when McKenna slotted home after a well worked move.
Minerva should have gone two up on the quarter-hour mark when midfielder Young saw his shot crash off the bar from around 20 yards.
The home side went further in front in the 17th minute from the penalty spot.
A barge on Smart in the box gave McKenna the opportunity to notch his and Minerva’s second goal.
Minerva were seeing lots of the ball at this time with the speed of their attacks a noticeable feature of their play.
Goal number three came in the 32nd minute, with midfielder Kemmitt showing tenacity in the box to get clear of two defenders before setting up Smart to smash the ball home.
Minerva were in total control of the game at this time, but the visiting Scotia team never gave up.
The first half ended with Minerva goalkeeper Tait pulling off a very good save to keep his side’s clean sheet intact.
Minerva started the second half brightly and were soon putting the Scotia goal under pressure. The hard-working Tullis was unlucky to hit the bar with his shot following a good cross from Smart.
Late in the game Tullis again brought proceedings to life with a lung-bursting run from his own half, passing several defenders only for his finishing to be of a lesser standard.
The icing on the cake for McKenna came in injury time when he slotted home his hat-trick and Minerva’s fourth.
This was a good performance by Minerva, with McGregor organising the defence well, Kemmitt putting in strong tackles in midfield and the pace of Tullis and McKenna causing all sorts of problems up front.
Minerva: Tait, Gow, McCaig, McGregor, Durick, Smart, Kemmitt, Biondi, Young, McKenna, Tullis. Subs: Morton, Mulgrew, Freedman, Mooney, Robertson.