Kilsyth and Cumberbnauld bid to bounce back after defeats

THEY may be sitting at opposite ends of the same table, but both Junior sides displayed similar frailties on Saturday as each snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Friday, 16th September 2011, 10:00 am

Kilsyth Rangers and Cumbernauld United both threw away two goal leads, subsequently losing their league fixtures 4-3 to Renfrew and 3-2 to Thorniewood respectively.

For Kilsyth, it was a missed chance to go joint top of the division they only gained promotion to four months ago.

Assistant manager Martin Mooney said: “When you’re winning two-nil at half-time, and go on to score three goals at home, you don’t expect to lose.

“We done ok in the first half and rode our luck a bit, goalkeeper made a few saves and they hit the post. But we looked comfortable.

“After half-time we gave a slack goal away and probably didn’t deserve to win after our performance in the second half.”

Cumbernauld’s defeat was perhaps even more disappointing as Thorniewood were reduced to 10 men after only three minutes.

Chief executive George Watson, again in charge in the absence of John Queen and Junior Gibson, said: “Two-nil up after about eight to ten minutes, against ten men - you expect to win.

“We had a couple of chances to kill the game off, but in the end defensive errors have cost us.

“They just sat back and soaked up the pressure and hit us on the break, they were very effective at that.

“But it was so disappointing after the start, we should’ve put it to bed.”

Kilsyth head south of Glasgow on Saturday to face East Kilbride Thistle, hoping to record a win ahead of the September weekend.

Mooney added: “It’s not crucial at this stage of the season but it is important we bounce back and get something out of the game.

“This season it’s vital we don’t get into a situation where we start losing on a regular basis.”

Rutherglen Glencairn make the trip to Guy’s Meadow for a bottom of the table clash.

Watson continued: “John [Queen] will be back. It’s a big game now, we need to pick ourselves up.

“Rutherglen are down there at the bottom with us so I’m sure it’ll be a close game.”