Minerva win the bragging rights in win over Harestanes

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LOCAL derbies always throw up controversy and this game certainly had that.

Campsie Minerva............. 3

Harestanes Ams.............. 2

The game was played in glorious sunshine at the High Park in Lennoxtown in front of a large crowd. The opening encounter was pretty even. It was the 13th minute before Minerva created their first decent chance in front of goal, a good move between McGregor and Durick eventually saw the ball at the feet of striker McLaughlin who was unable to get his shot on target. As the first half progressed Harestanes began to get the upper hand and Coyne was causing problems with his power up front. Despite being on the back foot for long periods Minerva were still able to create chances and Gow headed over from a J. Duff throw.

It was Harestanes who opened the scoring in the 36th minute when Marshall headed home powerfully from a free-kick.

There was controversy two minutes from half-time when Harestanes full-back Welsh was ordered off for a high challenge on a Minerva player. Harestanes clearly didn’t agree with the ref’s decision – he was surrounded by Hares players.

Minerva sweeper Reilly was taken off at half-time with an ankle injury – replaced by McKie, adding another player up front. The second half was only two minutes old when McKie blasted home from around six yards.

Minerva increased their lead 10 minutes later with McLaughlin slipping the ball home from a J. Duff corner. Just after the hour mark Minerva went further in front when Hendrie latched onto a long kick-out by keeper Tait to slam the ball past the helpless O’Boyle in the Harestanes goal. The big keeper kept his side in the game two minutes later with an outstanding double save.

Minerva were clearly on top and taking full advantage of having 11 players on the pitch. With 15 minutes remaining Cawley made a goal-line clearance from a McLaughlin shot. Harestanes were far from finished though and Broadfoot scored their second goal with a wonderful strike to ensure a tense finish to the game.

Minerva had chances to increase their lead before the final whistle. Substitute Smart hit the post from close range with only one minute left.

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