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Quickfire Glencairn off to perfect start

Rutherglen Glencairn Blacks 4

O’Hara 2' 15' Wilson 10' McGinley 56'

Clyde FC SOF 2

Campbell 10' Mulhern 58'
  • Sunday, 13 September 2015
  • Glasgow Green
  • Under 13´s
  • Glasgow & District YFL

Simon Ritchie | YFS West Region Reporter
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Rutherglen Glencairn Blacks got off to a great start against Clyde FC SOF with James O’Hara’s second-minute goal putting them on their way to three points and the best possible start in the league.

O’Hara grabbed another and goals from Cayden Wilson and Kian McGinley helped their side to a 4-2 victory over Clyde who, despite goals from Rory Campbell and Joseph Mulhern, never really got firing as they would have liked in the match.

Flying out of the blocks from the opening minute, Glencairn won a corner thanks to O’Hara’s running down the right. Kenzie Lee’s ball into the middle was nodded on by Wilson, then McGinley, before landing at the feet of Joseph Walker who shot over the bar.

It was a sign of things to come though and the trouble was being caused down the right wing again. McGinley’s ball over the top was chased down by O’Hara who elected to shoot early, catching the goalkeeper out and nestling the ball in the bottom corner.

There was constant pressure on the Clyde defence in the early stages, Lucas Whyte making two good blocks to prevent Glencairn attacks, and the second was inevitable. Again, it began with O’Hara making space on the right wing. He passed to Walker who teed up McGinley for a shot that was blocked and the rebound fell to Wilson who placed it neatly in the bottom corner.

It was a deserved lead for Rutherglen but Clyde replied instantly with the perfect response. Straight from kick off they found lone striker Campbell with a through ball one-on-one with Tyler Simpson who made a good save with his legs but Campbell picked up the rebound and slotted home to reduce the deficit.

Walker had a couple of chances to put daylight between the sides again, almost capitalising on a slip at the back but shooting just wide, then running onto a lofted ball from O’Hara but Whyte showed great pace and strength at the back for Clyde to hold him off and allow his goalkeeper Sikander Khan to shepherd the ball back into the box and pick it up.

Inevitably it was O’Hara who got the third for Glencairn. The main outlet down the right wing for everything his side were doing, he sprung to life again to get on the end of another lofted through ball and showed good balance to round the goalkeeper and was composed enough to finish comfortably.

Two goals behind again and once more Clyde responded in the right way. Only a brilliant covering tackle from Corey O’Neill prevented Campbell from getting another - he went to ground but timed it well and won the ball cleanly.

Campbell was Clyde’s best player of the opening 45 minutes but he looked isolated up-front alone and was not receiving enough help from his midfield. He was holding the ball up as best he could and beating his marker but just needed that little bit more support.

Glencairn were good value for their lead at half-time, with an explosive opening 15 minutes where they scored three goals and perhaps should have had more.

  • Half Time:
  • Rutherglen Glencairn Blacks
  • 3-1
  • Clyde FC SOF

As the second half went underway there seemed to be an almost instant change about Clyde. Suddenly when Campbell was picking up the ball there were now options around him and Kyle Johnstone was the first to have an effort go narrowly wide. Then Cambell’s through ball released Mulhern one-on-one but substitute goalkeeper Callum Welsh smothered the ball at his feet. The same two combined with a one-two in the middle that sent Mulhern through again. This time he took the shot early and forced Welsh into a diving save.

It was a different game now that the Clyde midfield were supporting their striker and they looked moments away from getting back into the game when they were hit with a sucker-punch.

A Clyde attack broke down and O’Neill brought the ball striding out of defence, skipping by tackles and freeing O’Hara to gallop down the right wing. O’Hara’s cross found Walker whose shot was blocked by a desperate Clyde defence but it fell to McGinley who found the time to take a touch and fire it home.

Being three-goals behind didn’t kill off Clyde’s hopes though and, as they did in the first-half, they ran right up the park and scored. It was third time lucky for Campbell and Mulhern, and it was a quite special finish. Campbell cut the ball back from the left-wing and Mulhern, from fully 25-yards out, hit a high, spinning effort that dropped perfectly into the top corner, leaving the Glencairn goalkeeper as a spectator.

With fresh impetus from the goal, Clyde looked again for the next one to bring them within touching distance. The best of their chances fell to Jamie MacInnes, who took Jack Allison’s pass and tried to chip Welsh but the Glencairn goalie got both hands to it and brought it down safely.

They couldn’t find another breakthrough however and Glencairn held on comfortably for the victory. For the team from Rutherglen it meant a perfect start to the league campaign although they’ll want to play the full game the way they performed in the opening 15 of this one. Clyde will take heart from the way they twice replied instantly to conceding and showed plenty of fight until the very end.

  • Full Time:
  • Rutherglen Glencairn Blacks
  • 4-2
  • Clyde FC SOF


Rutherglen Glencairn Blacks
Clyde FC SOF
1. Tyler Simpson
1. Callum Welsh
2. James O'Hara
3. Joseph Carr
4. Corey Devenney
5. Jamie Nicol Bamford
6. Christopher McMahon
7. Cayden Wilson
8. Joseph Walker
10. Kian McGinley
11. Kenzie Lee
12. Barry Burns
14. Matthew Glass
15. Justin Rose
16. Corey O'Neill
18. Josh McMaster
2. Joshua Meechan
4. Kyle Johnstone
6. Scott Crawford
7. Freddie Martin
8. Joseph Mulhern
9. Aiden Graham
10. Rory Campbell
11. Peter Wallace
12. Jack Allison
14. Matthew Burns
15. Adam Sattar
16. Jamie MacInnes
17. Ross McNeill
18. Lucas Whyte
21. Sikander Khan
Star Player
Rutherglen Glencairn Blacks
Clyde FC SOF
James O'Hara - Was outstanding from the first minute to the last. The main creative outlet for Glencairn thanks to his tireless running down the right wing, he was equally as good at finishing as setting others up.
Rory Campbell - Had a thankless task for much of the match upfront on his own but he put in a proper shift and did well to hold the ball up and bring others into play whenever he could, particularly to more effect in the second half.
Magic Moment
Rutherglen Glencairn Blacks
Clyde FC SOF
The killer fourth goal combined the architects behind much of Glencairn's good football - O'Hara, Walker, and McGinley - with the clinical finishing they needed to get the job done.
Clyde's second was an absolute peach of a finish from Mulhern, a high, dipping shot with plenty of backspin that fell perfectly into the top corner.
Club Views
Rutherglen Glencairn Blacks
Clyde FC SOF
Martin Hynes, Rutherglen Glencairn coach, said: "First league game of the season and three points on the board so happy with that. Happy with the performance but maybe still a couple of things we still need to work on. "I think we've got the potential to go on and win the league - it's really up to the boys."
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