New manager makes winning start as Glens progress in Scottish

John Martin was among the goals for Glens
John Martin was among the goals for Glens

Glenrothes 3, Hermes 0

This was the Glens’ new manager Benny Andrews’ first game and they added two former players, signed during the week, in the pool.

Paul McBride made his debut and goalkeeper Clive Guppy was named among the substitutes.

Glenrothes started the game as underdogs as their opponents were on an 18-game run undefeated.

On seven minutes McBride met a corner with his head but his effort was cleared within the six yard box.

Glens took the lead when Martin ran onto a long ball and rounded Sweeney who had raced from his goal and shot into the empty net.

The local men were now playing some fine football on a very heavy and bumpy pitch.

Martin again got himself into a prominent position but was pulled up for offside.

Forbes was the next to break clear but unfortunately over-hit the ball.

On a rare attack the away side won a free kick from which Jack met and found the net only to be judged offside.

Martin was causing the away defence a few problems and again he broke clear but held onto the ball a little too long and allowed the defence to get back and clear.

With the away side coming more into the game, Gay had to rush from his goal to save at the feet of Stevenson.

As half time approached, the away side won four consecutive corners from which one was cleared off the line.

Hermes started the second half very much on the front foot and won a free kick in the first minute from which the Glens defence stood firm.

A minute later a cross from the right caused panic in the Glenrothes defence but somehow after a scramble the ball was cleared.

Another good chance fell to the visitors only for Smith to shoot wildly over.

Glenrothes had started the second half very much on the back foot after their very good performance in the first.

With Glens surviving an early onslaught, Napier made an excellent run and won a corner.

From the resultant kick, Moffat headed wide.

A run from Forbes earned another corner from which Napier headed home.

Glens were now very much on the front foot and won a free kick on the touchline which was rather wasted.

At the other end Moffat had to make a last ditch tackle to save what looked to be a certain goal.

Not for the first time in the game Martin broke clear and this time found Kinnes who shot home to finish the game as a contest. Late on in the game an effort from Kinnes struck the crossbar.

This was an excellent result for the Glens against an undefeated team from Aberdeen.

Glenrothes hope now that they can keep this form into the league and get away from their lowly position.

Their next game is on Saturday against Dundee North End at Warout - although it may be reversed.

Glenrothes: Gay, Anderson, Moffat, Grierson, McBride, Napier, Kinnes, Jackson, Martin, Forbes, Wallace

Subs - Scarborough, Steele, Griffin, McKie, gk Guppy