Neilston 0Kilsyth Rangers 5Stagecoach West of Scotland LeagueCentral District First Division
THIS game was full of incidents – goals, penalty kicks and red cards.
Kilsyth made all the early chances with McLellan shooting just past the post from 20 yards out and a 30-yard free kick from the same player on six minutes, being saved by Sexton leading to a corner for Kilsyth. The corner was taken by Carr and the ball ended up in the net without a touch from anyone else.
Two minutes later Flannery was bundled over in the box. Surely a penalty but the ref said no.
A vicious kick from Shields on McGinty resulted in a booking but everyone in the ground knew it should have been a red.
Neilston were being frustrated by the Kilsyth defence and were only getting a few long shots which never troubled Duke in the Kilsyth goal.
However, on 22 minutes they were handed a lifeline when David Barclay was adjudged to have nudged a Neilston player in the box, the ref pointed to the penalty spot. A very soft award which could have got Neilston back in to the game. Cameron stepped up to take the kick and shot straight down the middle, Duke saved the shot with his legs and Shields headed the rebound over the bar.
This only spurred Kilsyth on and they had further chances through Carr, Flannery and Kelly.
The game was heading for half time when the ball dropped to McPeake inside the Neilston box and he slotted it into the bottom corner with a neat left foot finish. Kilsyth went into the break with a deserved 2-0 lead.
Neilston made two changes at the break bringing on Hobbs and McAlpine.
The home side had a few half chances at the start of the second half but nothing came of them. This was mostly due to the Kilsyth defence standing firm and blocking most of the long range shots.
On 70 minutes Kilsyth increased their lead when Kelly's corner was met by the head of Flannery who flicked the ball home from eight yards.
Then on 75 minutes Neilston were reduced to ten men when Fraser received a second yellow for a block on Flannery, the Neilston player wasn't too happy at the decision.
Neilston had another long range effort which went well over the bar from McAlpine's free-kick some 30 yards out.
Kilsyth brought on McAteer for Kelly and the young lad was involved straight away when he was needlessly thrown to the ground inside the Neilston 18 yard area by McAlpine. The Neilston sub received his secon yellow for the foul and Shields also saw a second yellow for dissent.
That left the home side with only eight men on the pitch. Joe Barclay stepped up to take the resulting penalty and coolly slotted the ball down the middle – 4-0 to Kilsyth.
Another change for Kilsyth with Waters replacing McPeake in midfield and almost straight away the substitute ran clear of the Neilston defence and slotted past Sexton from 19 yards out. Kilsyth were now 5-0 up and only had to see out the last few minutes of the match. Gannon came on for Tough for the last few minutes. Kilsyth were worthy winners on a ground which hasn't been kind to them on recent visits.
Kilsyth's next game is against Johnston Burgh at Duncansfield, this Saturday, October 9. Kick off 2pm
NEILSTON: Sexton, Crilly, Allan, Evans, Fraser, Mawuena, Cameron, Hewitt, Forrester, Shields, Bonner. Subs: Eadie, McAlpine, Callaghan, Hobbs, Acquah, Murray, Wilson (GK).
KILSYTH: Duke, Doyle, Carr, McGinty, Tough, McLellan, McPeake, David Barclay, Joe Barclay, Flannery, Kelly. Subs: Waters, McAteer, Gannon, Smith, Tait (GK).