No joy for Cumbernauld United in tough league opener

Hurlford United..1

Cumbernauld United..0

West Region Super League First Division, August 13

UNITED were hoping to finally find a higher gear in this opening league fixture after a disjointed Sectional League Cup campaign.

But despite a number of players returning to the squad after holidays, the Guy’s Meadow club never really managed to assert their passing game and came up short once more.

United started brightly at Blair Park and nearly took the lead after only 16 minutes.

McClymont’s snap shot from the left bounced over Hurlford keeper Caldwell, who lost his footing, but hit bar and bounced clear.

With both teams getting the ball down and playing passing football, it was again Cumbernauld who made an opening with 24 minutes on the clock, but McDonald failed to hit the target.

On 31 minutes McClymont was downed in the box, but the referee saw fit to show his a yellow when a spot kick would have been the right decision.

Hurlford began to create chances and Buchanan in the United goal was forced to tip an effort over for a corner.

As the half-time whistle loomed the home side took the lead to go in with the advantage at the break.

Immediately after the restart, McDougall saw his goal-bound header clawed over the bar for a corner.

Another corner fell to Barclay, who made space, but his effort was tipped over for another corner.

With an hour on the clock, United were awarded a free-kick just outside the 18-yard box, but Steel’s effort was comfortably saved by the keeper.

Eight minutes later, Dearie was red carded, for kicking the ball against an injured opponent.

Overall the game was well contested but United should have left with at least a point.

Hurlford: Caldwell, Frame, Reilly, Doolan, Minor, Adam, Wilson, Cameron, Cunningham, Stevenson, Brown.

Subs: McPhee, Murran, Schoular, Nimmo, Ryan, Walker, Markey.

United: Buchanan, Gibson, Hanlon, Marsh, Dearie, McClymont, Burns, Barclay, McDonald, Steel, McDougall.

Subs: Hill, McNally, O’Halloran, Cullen, Jarvis, Brown.