Gleniffer Thistle made the trip south to Kilmarnock to take on league-leaders Bonnyton Thistle in this 'Thistle derby' and Paisley & Johnstone District League clash. The mid-tablers were looking to recover form a heavy defeat to Glenvale while the hosts were keen to keep their title bid on track and scoop a double over their opponents after winning the first game 4-2. This game would again be decided by two goals but this time by the score of 2-0, with blustery and cold conditions playing their part in disrupting the flow of a game played between two hard-working sides.
Gleniffer came closest to opening the scoring in the first 15 minutes when Jack Murphy of Gleniffer’s right-footed free kick on the edge of the box smacked the bar, much to the agony of the men in orange and black.
The teams were fairly evenly matched early on and were perhaps levelled by the troublesome conditions as the wind swirled around the Grange Academy pitch. Both sides struggled to find that crucial pass in the final third or a clinical finish to a cross and therefore there was little goalmouth action of note. Gleniffer looked dangerous through the middle while Bonnyton’s left side of Andy Hunter and Sam McCloskey were linking up particularly well.
And it was one half of that duo that almost opened the scoring for the home side when McCloskey saw his shot from just inside the box saved on 36 minutes. The Bonnyton winger received the ball wide on the left from the middle of the park and took a touch past his man and into the box. From the corner of the box he angled his shot low and drove the ball across goal but the effort was well stopped by the Gleniffer keeper.
Bonnyton were beginning to enjoy a little bit more possession as the half went on but weren't causing the visitors an abundance of trouble in the final third despite efforts from Steven Hill, Kris Chisholm and Ian Paterson. Gleniffer were defending well and attempting to move the ball from the back and start counter attacks when they could but Kieran McCrum and co. stood firm at the back for the most part and avoided any major scares; ultimately doing just enough to keep the score at 0-0.