Late penalty puts Glens into next round of cup

Johnny Macrae eases past a Bathgate striker.
Johnny Macrae eases past a Bathgate striker.

In this Fife and Lothian Cup second round tie, the Glens looked to continue their recent good form against a Bathgate Thistle team who were top of the Premier League.

The home side started the brighter, and had several chances whilst leaving Bathgate to counter attack.

The Glens came closest to opening the scoring when they won a free kick at the edge of the box.

Sean Simpson knocked the ball into the box which was headed just wide by Iain Griffin.

Both teams then continued to play evenly, ending the half with no scoring.

Bathgate started the second half the better of the two teams and had to survive an early indirect free kick after the Glens young ‘keeper picked up a passback. Bathgate could not take advantage as the shot was easily saved.

Minutes later Bathgate took the lead after the referee awarded a soft penalty which sent the Glens débutant keeper Connor Redpath the wrong way. The Glens got a goal back after a great piece of play resulted in Scott Napier swinging the ball in to John Martin who headed the ball past the Bathgate goalkeeper.

With the game looking as if it was going to go to penalties, Glens won a penalty in the 89th minute after the Bathgate keeper brought down Iain Griffin which resulted in him being sent off and, having made all three subs, a Bathgate defender went between the sticks. John Martin stood up to take the penalty and smashed it beyond the reach of the impromptu ‘keeper.

Bathgate were left fuming at the referee after he chalked off a goal straight from kick off.

The Glens return to league action this Saturday away to Perth side Jeanfield Swifts with a 1.45pm kick off.

Team - Redpath, Kinnes, Macrae, Pearson, Grierson, Paterson, Napier, Simpson, Martin, Griffin, Hendry.

Subs - Anderson (on 73), Celentano (on 73), Moffatt (on 94), McKie, Deas.