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Clinical Row send Glentanar packing

Written by  Paul Elliott
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Harmony Row Under 19s
Glentanar Under 19s
Competition: SYFA Challenge Cup Round 5
Venue: Alex Ferguson Park
Date: 03/12/2011
Author: Paul Elliott
Harmony Row v GlentanarHarmony Row welcomed Glentanar to Alex Ferguson Park, all the way from Aberdeen for a Scottish Cup clash, only to dazzle them with as clinical a performance as it is ever likely to see.

Red shirted Harmony Row kicked the game off amidst the bitter cold and diagonal rain of Glasgow in December and within 2 minutes of the match, the first chance fell to the home side when Ross McEntee let fly a left footed effort that shot just wide of the top right hand corner of the Glentanar goal. The opportunity for the effort was forged after some good work on the right wing and Jamie Robertson in the Glentanar goal was pleased to watch it go wide of the target.

Harmony Row were clearly in the mood as they piled on the pressure from the off, with Derek Hepburn in particular looking dangerous on the left wing for the hosts. Hepburn, in a move inside the first five minutes of the game, cut across the defence and fired a right foot effort just wide of the goal. It was a cold warning that it was not going to be an easy afternoon for the visitors
Harmony Row then opened the scoring a minute later through Hepburn, when he tapped the ball past the helpless Glentanar keeper from close range after a penetrating run by Conor Monaghan. 1-0

Glentanar set about responding quickly and Daniel Bruce threatened with a header from a Nathan McBeath free kick. Bruce’s header broke to Andrew Jackson who put over from just outside the box.

In the fourteenth minute Harmony Row’s Gary Nugent let fly with a left foot half volley from 20 yards and Jamie Robertson did well to turn it round the post and out for a corner.

Glentanar began to creep back into the game although it was Harmony Row who always looked more likely to score again, and they did so through Dale Doogan when a long pass over the Glentanar defence found him bearing down on goal with just the keeper to beat. Doogan finished well to make it 2-0.

Harmony Row were in complete control following the second goal and were causing all sorts of problems with long passes beyond the Glentanar backline. Steven Greer was using the ball very well from the back and it was his excellent long pass that found Grieg McBride in space but his cross into the danger area skidded off the wet surface and zipped into safety.

Then as the heavens opened once again, so did the Glentanar defence and Harmony Row made it 3-0 through Scott Gallagher. Goalkeeper Daryl Matthews punted the ball up the park for Gallagher and he ran through one-on-one with the keeper and finished easily.

The floodlights powered up and the Glentanar goal was under siege as Harmony Row’s Scott Gallagher began to run wild. Every time he got the ball he looked like he would score but somehow his many attempts went narrowly wide. Efforts from Grieg McBride, Derek Hepburn and Ross McEntee came just as close and a fourth goal seemed inevitable.

When the fourth goal came it was Gallagher who scored again after another pass over the Glentanar defence found him running through with just the keeper to beat. Gallagher picked his spot off the post and into the back of the net and made it 4-0.

Glentanar having found themselves pegged back for much of the half, managed to break forward and an inch perfect pass through a chink in the Harmony Row defence was met by the right boot of Daniel Bruce. His well struck effort was stopped by the outstretched leg of Daryl Mathews and the ball bounced clear. It was a warning that Glentanar could sting the home side if given the opportunity but Harmony Row responded in the best way possible -  with a goal. Conor Monaghan was fouled twenty five yards from the Glentanar goal, and the free kick was stroked past the wall by Gary Nugent to the left boot of Scott Jackson who absolutely smashed the ball into the net to finish a move straight from the training ground. 5-0.

Then on the cusp of half time, some brilliant skill by Ross McEntee left the Glentanar defence in his wake as if the icy wind had frozen them. They could only watch as the cross to the far post was met by Derek Hepburn who made it 6-0 from close range.
Half Time: Harmony Row Under 19s 6-0 Glentanar Under 19s
Harmony Row v GlentanarWithin seconds of the second half kicking off, Harmony Row were on the attack again and Grieg McBride scored the home side’s seventh goal from the edge of the box following a classy back-heel by Scott Jackson. Before the Glentanar keeper had finished reading the riot act to his defence he was picking the ball out of his net again after a Ross McEntee goal. Derek Hepburn turned his marker inside out before skipping past another and giving the ball to McEntee who played keepy-uppy before firing home to make it 8-0.
Moments later and Bradley Jolly had to clear the ball of the line as Hepburn set about piling more misery on the visitors.

Glentanar however were bravely making an effort to claw their way back into the game and some impressive individual play by Darren Holt ended with the nippy number 7 striking the ball into the side netting from a sharp angle. Philip Dyce then had a header loop over the bar when he got onto the end of a corner kick.
Some tasty tackles followed from both sides and the game was broken up by a series of injuries compounded by the horrible conditions.

Glentanar’s Nathan McBeath then had a free kick tipped over the bar by the goalkeeper and the following corner was scrambled clear by Steven Greer. Up the other end of the park, Derek Hepburn hit the bar for Harmony Row, the ball then landed at the feet of Dale Doogan who also hit the bar, and the ball went bouncing clear.

The tempo of the game in the second half had been slower following the blistering opening by Harmony Row but the last fifteen minutes of the match from the home side was simply devastating. It began with a goal by Scott Jackson; Dale Doogan had cut the ball back to the edge of the box and Jackson smashed it into the bottom corner to make it 9-0.

Then Derek Hepburn broke into the Glentanar box and forced a good save from Jamie Robertson, which led to a 30-yard volley by Steven Greer that arrowed over the bar. Dale Doogan shot past from close range before a speculative Glentanar long ball sent Blair Sutherland running in on the Harmony Row goal, and a nasty collision between him and goalkeeper Daryl Mathews led to the Glentanar midfielder being carried off the park for treatment.

With Glentanar down to ten men, Harmony Row extended their lead when Ross McEntee scored following a great solo run and finish. Sutherland re-entered the play for Glentanar but the visitors were carved open again and a neat exchange in the box was finished by Dale Doogan with a tap-in. Moments later and Doogan scored again with a spectacular overhead kick. Cold, Miserable and beaten, Glentanar had to endure one last twist of the knife when Craig Chisholm scored with the last kick of the game.
Harmony Row Under 19s
Glentanar Under 19s
1 Daryl Matthews
2 Ross Keenan
3 Scott Jackson
4 Steven Greer
5 Robert O’Neill
6 Conor Monaghan
8 Gary Nugent
9 Scott Gallagher
11 Ross McEntee
10 Derek Hepburn
15 Dale Doogan
7 Grieg McBride
12 Declan Doherty
14 Craig Chisholm
17 Colin Price
1 Jamie Robertson
2 Andrew Jackson
3 Andrew Mutch
4 Craig Forbes
5 Ryan Junor
6 Thomas Robertson
7 Darren Holt
15 Chris Polson
9 Daniel Bruce
10 Nathan McBeath
11 Bradley Jolly
12 Aiden Page
8 Steven Hay
16 Philip Dyce
18 Blair Sutherland

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