Glens ease past Oakley with comfortable win

Celentano scores the second penalty.
Celentano scores the second penalty.
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Glenrothes Juniors 3, Oakley United 1

Glenrothes were up against an Oakley team looking to gain a promotion place.

Oakley’s first real attack up the park faded out and normal service resumed with the energetic John Martin going close with an effort just past the post.

Jack Small was brought into the game for the first time after he plucked a speculative lob from Oakley’s Allan.

Lee Celentano tried a spectacular overhead kick which went just over the bar, followed a few minutes later with his cross which was just missed by the head of Martin.

Oakley were reduced to long balls up the park but the Glens defence coped with the danger.

It was not until the 35th minute that Oakley won their first corner but the Glens managed to scramble the ball clear without too much drama.

The Glens finally took the lead in the 39th minute when Celentano was brought down in the box and Martin made no mistake from the spot.

The first chance of the second half fell to Celentano but his shot was well wide of the target.

In the 55th minute, Small made an excellent save from Hughes but, almost immediately afterwards, Oakley were to get the equaliser.

From a dubious throw-in, the ball fell to Scarborough, who shot home.

Two minutes later, on the hour mark, the Glens regained the lead when they were awarded their second penalty.

John Martin was brought down in the box by Nimmo, who was shown a second yellow and sent for the early bath.

Celentano converted the penalty with some style.

Oakley’s misery continued five minutes later as Fraser was to receive a straight red for what looked like lifting his hands against Grierson.

The Glens were pressing forward to get the elusive third when Patterson had a shot saved by the legs of the ‘keeper.

But less than a minute later, they got their reward when Martin broke free and unselfishly passed the ball to Celentano, who shot into the empty net.

The two trialists replaced MacRae and Martin for the Glens and the game petered out, with Celentano’s effort from a free kick on the 18-yard line going over the bar.

Glenrothes visited Camelon on Monday in the third round of the Fife and Lothians Cup, going down 4-2.