KIRKINTILLOCH Harestanes bounced back from midweek disappointments to secure all three points against Scottish champions Eddlewood on Saturday.
In a good, gritty and fast-flowing game, Harestanes came out deserving winners (pictured above).
Eddlewood had their moments but, overall, Harestanes dominated and should perhaps have scored more.
Right from the kick-off it was obvious the Hares were up for the challenge. In the first minute Stirling sent a great cross in from the right and Oliver was agonisingly close to getting a touch for a certain goal.
Minutes later McCafferty and Oliver linked well to set up a chance for Hay, but a timely foot prevented him unleashing a shot. With 15 minutes gone most of the play was coming from Harestanes.
They took the lead in the 16th minute. Marshall did the spade-work with a dribbling run through the middle. He laid the ball into the path of Broadfoot and he drove it low into the left corner.
He came close to adding a second in the 23rd minute with a neat turn and shot, but the ball shaved the outside of the right post. In the 31st minute a shot from Eddlewood was just wide. A good strike by Cawley brought out a great stretch and push out by the keeper. Marshall was also close with a 30-yard drive which was just over.
In the 54th minute a loose clearance set up the equaliser for Eddlewood – a 20-yarder which was driven in. They took a lift from this and enjoyed a period of dominance as they went for a winner.
However, Welsh almost secured one for Harestanes – Marshall made the pass and Welsh’s shot was heading in until the keeper got a hand to push the ball out off the bar. In the 69th minute a great block by McKegney kept things even. Hay then had two decent chances to put Harestanes ahead – one headed over, the other saved.
Harestanes sealed the points when Campbell headed on a throw-in, which Hay received and drove in.
Harestanes: McKegney, J. Marshall, Welsh, Campbell, McCluskey, Cawley, Stirling, Broadfoot, McCafferty, Hay, Oliver. Sub: Currie.
Harestanes Tote – no winner.