Honours equal as league leaders draw in Kintyre

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Carradale 4

GSC Jordanhill AFC 4

GGAFL Division 2

A return to form and two sparkling goals helped Carradale draw with Greater Glasgow Premier AFL leaders Jordanhill.

There was some trepidation, from the McFadyen Transport sponsored East Kintyre side, going into a tie with the league’s top team, after a number of weeks off in a miserable season.

Saturday afternoon’s game started in heavy rain.

Nanek created the first chance with a cross to Elliot Gemmill but the away team’s goalie pushed it aside.

The Glasgow team caused many problems on the right. After 16 minutes, Diarmid Sutherland’s cross allowed Parker to poke the ball home from six yards.

‘Dale went on the offensive and in a six minute spell, from the 25th minute, piled on the pressure.

Their first came from a Johnny McCormick free kick, from about 45 yards out, placing a curving ball right in front of the goal.

Matthew Lang’s jump may have misled the goalie as he also jumped and missed the ball which floated into the net, for a great opener to ‘Dale’s account.

Moments later a swinging corner kick, again from McCormick, was not cleared properly by the goalie and Michael McKinlay blasted it into the net.

The Jordanhill keeper muttered: ‘How could that happen twice.’

The visitors pushed for the equaliser but Craig Galbraith was solid in defence.

On the last stroke before half-time Jordanhill had a great chance, for an equaliser, when Ryan Blackstock tripped their number eight, Murray, in the box.

Murray kicked from the spot. Goalie Archie McKellar hammered it onto the bar clearing the rebound to safety as the whistle blew.

For the first time this season ‘Dale found themselves half-time leaders.

After the break DJ replaced the injured McPhail and the game flowed back and forwards, for nearly 25 minutes, till a long pass from Mitchell drew McKellar out and Parker slid the ball into the net.

Jordanhill went ahead in the 70th minute when Niven drew McKellar out again for 3-2.

Their lead did not last, in the 76th minute a three man effort involving midfielder, Jamie Morris and McCormick gave Gemmill an unlikely chance and, from 20 yards, off his left foot, he hit a beautiful ball over the keeper’s head.

‘Dale had been holding a high line and a through ball gave Parker the chance for his hat-trick in the 82nd minute.

The East Kintyre side thought they had an equaliser, moments later, when Nanek beat the keeper but the referee, Archie Mitchell, disallowed the goal due to an elbow from Nanek.

A minute later Carradale gained the equaliser they deserved through another superb goal.

From at least 25 yards, out DJ unleashed a terrific shot, the keeper had no chance and the scores were levelled at 4-4.

Jewellery Casting Scotland’s Mike and Trish Hurst sponsored the match ball and man of the match was Johnny McCormick.

The draw saw Bailleston nudge Jordanhill off the top and tomorrow ‘Dale are away to the new league leaders.

Jordanhill’s goalie puts a hand in Matthew Lang’s back, as he jumps with him, but neither connected as Johnny McCormick’s free-kick floated into the net. 25_c50carradale02