United’s dismal performance after superb Beith show

ZOK IT TO THEM: United's Chris Zok in the thick of the action during their game against Greenock Juniors at Guy's Meadow on Saturday.
ZOK IT TO THEM: United's Chris Zok in the thick of the action during their game against Greenock Juniors at Guy's Meadow on Saturday.

After their tremendous victory against top team Beith last Wednesday, Cumbernauld United came a cropper on Saturday at Guy’s Meadow when they went down 2-1 to Greenock Juniors.

In the Beith game every United player starred, but there were few pass marks in their encounter against a very stuffy outfit from Inverclyde. Greenock, really up for the contest, fought for every ball preventing the Cumbernauld boys from displaying their normal football skills.

After a pretty dismal first half with few eventful moments, Greenock took the lead with the home defence all at sea. The United defenders had six or seven opportunities to clear the ball from the penalty area before the visitors scored. When United equalised everyone sat back expecting more home goals, but another mix up in defence enabled Greenock to grab all three points at stake.

On a perfect day for football United made a good start and in the second minute, a fine Chris Zok hook shot just cleared the bar.

Then, from a Joe McCafferty cross, Ross Foley passed to George Scott but the young man’s effort went past.

Greenock hit back when striker John Carter outpaced Danny Boyle and cut in and his shot brought out a great save from Mark Quinn in the Cumbernauld goal.

There were worrying signs in the United ranks as the half progressed. The homesters were being caught in possession too many times and unusually were slack in their passing - not good for the Cumbernauld fans.

In the 40th minute Chris Zok, from a Scott Upton cross, had the ball in the Greenock net but he was ruled offside and the goal chalked off.

James Brown then tried a right foot shot which went wide before the referee blew for the end of the first half.

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