Pollok take advantage of Rob Roy defensive frailties to take all three points

Rob Roy manager Stewart Maxwell
Rob Roy manager Stewart Maxwell

Pollok 3

Rob Roy 1

West of Scotland Super Premier League

Going behind early in the game, Rabs hauled themselves back into the match before slack defending again let their opponents take all three points.

Although it should be said that the Adamslie Park side must be praised for showing honest endeavour throughout the ninety minutes.

It was the home side which began the stronger with Diack heading wide in the second minute.

Then in the eighth minute they took the lead when McLennan’s pass freed Andreoni in the Rabs’ penalty box, the ex-Rob Roy player was given time to turn before sending a shot high past McPherson.

Pollok kept up the pressure with McLaren heading over the bar and Barr failed to connect properly in front of goal before Waddell sent a long range effort well wide of the target. Rabs picked themselves up however and after a number of attacking moves which had Pollok on the back-foot they deservedly levelled matters in the 29th minute after Waddell fouled Deas 30 yards from goal. Martin sent his swerving free-kick past Murdoch and into the net at the keeper’s right hand post.

It was the visitors who looked the more likely to add to their goal tally, with keeper Murdoch punching a Jarvis cross from the head of Sawyers then the striker flashed a Deas cross just over the bar. From a Deas lay off Mitchell sent a decent effort inches over then he squandered a good chance to give his side the lead when his finish lacked power. Then a minute before half-time Pollok regained their advantage against the run of play when Andreoni sent a high ball over a static Rabs defence for Barr to pounce and send an angular drive past McPherson.

Rabs suffered an injury blow early in the second half when defender Watt received a face knock and was forced to retire with Urquhart replacing him.

Deas fired wide for Rabs before Pollok increased their lead on the hour mark when McAleenan sent over a cross into the Rabs penalty where Diack rose unchallenged to nod the ball into the net.

Barr had the ball in the Rabs net only to have it disallowed for offside then Diack headed a Andreoni corner over. To their credit the visitors fought on with a Sawyers header saved by Murdoch, Mitchell fired wide, Carter headed against the upright before Urquhart sent a diagonal shot agonisingly past the post in the final minutes.

Rob Roy: McPherson, Watt (Urquhart 54), McKenzie, Carter, Smith, Moffat, Martin (Morton 62), Mitchell, Sawyers, Deas, Jarvis (Duff 82). Unused Subs: Hunter, McGeough.