McBookie Premiership



By Christopher Dodds

BEAMING boss Budgie McGhie wasn’t shy in heaping praise on his Kilbirnie team after they beat in-form Kirkintilloch Rob Roy at Valefield Park thanks to a solitary strike from frontman Ryan Hynes.

Ladeside broke the deadlock just before the half hour after a hotly-contested first 25 minutes. David Anderson’s shot from the edge of the area was deflected out left to the lively Reece Williamson, whose cross caused some confusion in the box beating Hutchinson in the Rob Roy goal and landed kindly to an unmarked Hynes who made no mistake in taking a touch and volleying into an empty net.

Rob Roy applied the pressure in the second half, with chances falling to William Sawyers and Lee Gallacher.

However Ladeside Grant Hay and his defence stood strong.

Firstly, Wullie Sawyers forced a fine save from Hay after the ball fell kindly for him in the box, when one on one Hay made himself big and got a leg to the shot which was destined for hitting the net but Ricocheted back off Sawyers and over the bar.

The visitors had a penalty shout turned away from whistler Chris Gentles with around 20 minutes left, after it looked as if the lively Sawyers was fouled from in the box by custodian Hay. Gentles pointed for a corner-kick amid the protests.

The hosts had a chance to make it 2-0 after a poor kick out by Hutchinson in the Rob Roy net landed to substitute Peter McGill on the half way line, he broke away and was one on one with the keeper, who got his arm out down to his right quickly to prevent the second goal going in.

Hutchinson was later sent off in the final stages, McGill was again sent away on the counter as Rob Roy searched for an equaliser. When trying to round the goalie, McGill was brought down by Hutchinson’s outstretched leg which gave ref Chris Gentles no choice but to give the stopper his marching orders.

McGhie said afterwards: "It was a really important game today. Rob Roy had won their last two games and we lost our last three on the spin, which hasn’t happened since myself and the management team have been here. It’s a turning point for us, as we showed a good togetherness, we stuck together and put our mistakes from the last few games behind us. Hopefully we can take the positives from this game and carry on into the coming weeks."

He added: "Grant Hay and the defence showed great character in keeping each other going towards the end when Rob Roy were piling on the pressure, which is crucial going forward, I'm delighted we were able to give the fans three points after a frustrating three weeks.”