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Pollok on cloud nine after victory over Cumbernauld

Pollok FC 9

McNair 5, 29, 36, 39, Smith 16, 21, Milne 34, 86, McLarn 49

Cumbernauld United 0

  • Sunday, 22 October 2017
  • Woodfarm High School
  • Under 19´s
  • Cumbernauld/Kilsyth League

Pollok blitzed seven goals in the first half to set them on their way to a comfortable 9-0 victory over Cumbernauld United on Sunday morning.

The home side cruised to victory and had the ball in the opposition net after just five minutes.

Forward Cameron McNair received the ball on the edge of the box and thundered a confident left-footed shot into the net after turning his man superbly.

Pollok almost grabbed a second just two minutes later. Left-winger Declan Smith played in Nathan McGarvey for a one-on-one but Cumbernauld goalie Ross Higney rushed off his line to block well.

McNair then turned provider for Pollok’s second. After some quick passing from his side, McNair broke into the box on the right and fired a low cross across goal where Smith poked in at the far post.

Smith and McNair were causing the Cumbernauld defence all sorts of problems as they created chance after chance for the home side.

Five minutes later Smith grabbed his second and his team’s third. A superb driving run from right-back Luke Kelly took him to the edge of the box, where the ball eventually fell to the feet of Smith. The winger beat one defender then rifled in at the far post.

Higney then pulled off a fantastic save to deny Pollok’s Kyle McDonald. The striker hit a powerful shot from 25 yards but the keeper did superbly to tip the ball over the bar.

A delay of five minutes then took place after Higney went down following a collision. A lack of substitutes meant the keeper couldn’t be taken off but to his credit the keeper carried on.

Shortly afterwards, the floodgates opened for Pollok. McNair grabbed another from a corner, with the assist provided by Smith again. The winger hit a cross to the far post where McNair nodded in.

Pollok’s fifth came five minutes later. A wonderful move with many quick, first-touch passes eventually played in Smith, who squared the ball to right-winger Brandyn Milne. Milne then drove to the byline before cutting back to McDonald, whose thundered effort gave Higney no chance.

Pollok’s sixth was once again a result of some great combination play between Smith and McNair. Smith broke down the left wing and fired a low cross into the box, where McNair sealed his hat-trick by poking the ball home.

Unfortunately for Cumbernauld, there was still time for one more before the break. Left-back Patrick Canning sprinted down the touchline before cutting the ball back to McNair, who prodded in for Pollok’s seventh.

The referee then blew for half-time, much to the relief of the shell-shocked United team.

  • Half Time:
  • Pollok FC
  • 7-0
  • Cumbernauld United

Pollok kicked off the second half and had the ball in the net again after just four minutes. Once again, Smith was the catalyst and provider. He lost his marker down the left wing and hit an inviting ball into the box, where Kyle McLarn finished with aplomb.

The home side definitely took their foot off the gas in the second half and the match tempo dropped to pedestrian levels.

Smith came close to grabbing another after Milne crossed from the right, but the winger’s shot was just wide of the right post.

Cumbernauld came within inches of scoring a consolation goal for the away side following a corner. Cameron Logan struck a superb cross from the right that flashed across the goal, but no-one could get a touch on it. Any contact would have surely resulted in a goal.

Canning went close for Pollok shortly afterwards. The left-back found himself at the edge of the box and fired a low shot at the far post, but Higney denied him with a fine stop.

Pollok then scored their ninth and final goal in the dying minutes of the game. Central midfielder Nathan McGarvey shot from the edge of the box but Higney palmed the ball away, only for McDonald to follow up and put the icing on the cake for Pollok.



  • Full Time:
  • Pollok FC
  • 9-0
  • Cumbernauld United


Pollok FC
Cumbernauld United
1. Ryan Devenney
2. Luke Kelly
3. Patrick Canning
4. Anthony Coutts
5. Hayden Quinn
6. Nathan McGarvey
7. Brandyn Milne
8. Mitchell McDonald
9. Kyle McDonald
10. Cameron McNair
11. Declan Smith
12. Evan Johnstone
14. Ross Adams
15. Michael Quinn
16. Scott Jackson
17. Kyle McLarn
1. Ross Higney
2. Bryan Millar
3. Nathaniel Black
4. Ryan Cunningham
5. Adam Hughes
6. Drew Murray
7. Robbie Dalziel
8. Charles McChesney
9. Craig Miller
10. Callum Glass
11. Cameron Logan
14. Dylan MacDonald
Star Player
Pollok FC
Cumbernauld United
Declan Smith - The winger tormented the United defence throughout the game and always looked a threat. Ended the match with two goals and three assists.
Ross Higney - The keeper should be applauded for continuing the match despite taking a nasty knock and produced a few superb saves over the 90 minutes.
Magic Moment
Pollok FC
Cumbernauld United
Pollok's fifth was a wonderful passing move. Lots of quick, first-touch passing coupled with excellent movement gave United no chance of winning the ball. Terrific stuff that will have surely delighted the coaching team.
Ross Higney's save in the 21st minute to deny Kyle McDonald was a splendid piece of acrobatics. Excellent stop from the keeper.
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