Glens grab point with last kick of the game

Action from Glens game at Arniston. Pic: Alan Wilson
Action from Glens game at Arniston. Pic: Alan Wilson

Arniston Rangers 1, Glenrothes Juniors 1

Glenrothes left it late to grab a share of the points with Arniston Rangers on Saturday.

The Glens stole an equaliser with the last kick of the match from substitute Bissett that had hardly looked likely.

Arniston Rangers had welcomed Glens to Newbyres Park for the East Premier League match, having only suffered one league loss in their last nine games, and were straight on to the attack when Kataleza got on the end of a through ball. But his effort was turned for a corner which came to nothing.

Glenrothes looked dangerous in their first attack, with Martin and Wallace creating a chance for Meikle, but he was crowded out.

Arniston were just shading things with Jeffrey and Garden prominent and the latter put in a fine run and cross after 20 minutes. A minute later, Kataleza played a delightful through ball for McFadden, but the striker failed when one on one with keeper Gay.

The visitors were still well in things and, after 26 minutes, a free kick from Forbes ricocheted off Garden in the Rangers wall. From the resultant corner swung in by Wallace, Pearson headed over.

Kataleza was proving to be a thorn in the Glen’s defence and a great run on the half hour produced a good save from Gay at his near post – the ‘keeper turning the net-bound shot wide.

From the corner, Glens conceded another and, from that, Faulds opened the scoring. Moriarty fired his corner from the left deep to the far post and the centre-back headed into the postage stamp corner via a defender’s head.

Glenrothes made a change at the break, with Kinnes replacing Sawyers and the Fife side piled on the pressure, creating a series of free kicks and corners, all taken by Forbes. But, despite creating half chances, Cornet in the home goal was untroubled.

After 70 minutes, a kick out from Glens’ keeper Gay was returned by Jeffrey into the path of Kataleza. The usually reliable front man found himself in on goal, but his attempted chip sailed over the bar. Two minutes later, Kataleza turned provider but his fine cross was headed over by Garden.

On 78 minutes, a Glenrothes corner was not cleared but, when the ball fell to Pearson, the centre-back pulled his shooting chance well wide when he had time to pick his spot.

Both teams made substitutions and it was two of those who changed the game. Bissett replaced Pearson for Glens and Lunn replaced centre back Faulds.

In added time, Glenrothes won a free kick when Callaghan was yellow-carded for a poor tackle. The ball was played into the box and not cleared.

It eventually fell to Napier on the touch line wide on the left and, when he put his cross in, Bissett was on hand to smash the most unlikely of equalisers home.

Glenrothes: Gay, Steele, Sawyers, Pearson, MacBride, Griffen, Napier, Forbes, Martin, Meikle, Wallace. Subs: Kinnes, Gay, Bissett, Moffat, Guppy