Glens keep play-off hopes alive

Celentano chips the 'keeper for the Gnes' second goal.
Celentano chips the 'keeper for the Gnes' second goal.

Kirrie Thistle 0, Glenrothes Juniors 2

Glenrothes made one change from their excellent win against the league champions midweek with Griffin replacing Simpson.

The game started at a furious pace with the Glens looking for the only result that would keep their play-off hopes alive.

In the first minute Lee Celentano ran through on goal but shot past the post.

At the other end Kirriemuir showed that they were not taking the game lightly as Urek put his effort wide of the target.

In the tenth minute Callum Kinnes broke clear but put his attempt over the bar.

The one way traffic continued but the Glens had nothing to show for their dominance in the match with several efforts going wide and high, they finally broke through in the 29th minute when John Martin shrugged off a couple of Kirrie defenders down the left side and got his cross in for the enigmatic Darren Thomson to blast the ball home from eighteen yards.

From the restart the onslaught continued as Glenrothes won two consecutive corners with the second resulting in a header from Kinnes being cleared of the line by Kirriemuir.

The Glens had a free kick twenty five yards out but Martin put it wide of the Kirrie goal.

On 35 minutes a cross come shot by Kinnes almost fooled the ‘keeper who plucked it out of the air.

Scott Napier weaved his way through the Kirrie midfield and put an excellent ball through to the busy Martin who drew an excellent save from Stewart in the Kirrie goal.

The first chance of the second half fell to the home side with Aidan Anderson making a last ditch tackle to save the situation, the half time talk seemed to have stirred the home side as the started the second half all guns blazing.

The Glens were beginning to concede corners and were giving away possession too easily.

On 55 minutes the Glens changed the game Johnny MacRae came on for Scott Napier and almost immediately when MacRae was through on goal and was brought down by the ‘keeper for the clearest penalty you are likely to see all season but the referee decided to book him for simulation.

Glenrothes extended their lead in on 61 minutes when Celentano beat the offside trap and chipped the advancing ‘keeper to put his team two up. Kirriemuir to their credit never gave up and came closest when a chance fell to Ogg but his shot went well wide of the goal.

Simpson came on for Martin and his free kick from 25 yards out was on target but saved easily by Stewart.

An excellent effort from Sean Simpson was pushed round the post by the Kirrie ‘keeper.

The game was petering out when a shot from Macrae was parried by the ‘keeper but unfortunately there were no takers from the away side.

With the final whistle came the news that Dalkeith had lost to Montrose meaning that a win next Saturday, May 31 would see the Glens through to the playoffs and their hopes off the Super League next season alive.

Next Match away to Dundee Violet 2.30p.m.

Glenrothes - Smith, Kinnes, Anderson, Greirson, Pearson, Paterson, Napier, Thomson, Martin, Griffin, Celentano. Subs - Simpson, MacRae, Leighton, Trialist, Small.

Glenrothes 3, Penicuik 0

Glens kept up their charge for promotion with an impressive 3-0 win over league champions Penicuik last Wednesday night in their last scheduled home match of the season.

Penicuik were awarded a penalty in the 37th minute although the foul appeared to be outside the box. Justice was done when the kick was blasted over the bar.

Glens took the lead in the first minute of the second half when Simpson capitalised on a mix-up between the away keeper and defender.

Glens extended their lead with a contender for goal of the season when Thomson collected a throw-in, turned, and smashed an unstoppable shot into the top left corner of the net.

On 77 minutes, Glens made it three as Pearson headed home from a corner-kick.

The victory completed a great home record for Glens, having lost only once at Warout to Arniston on September 21.