Maryhill 1-3 Craigmark Burntonians

Maryhill slipped to their first defeat of the season after a disappointing 3-1 loss at home to Craigmark Burntonians.

Despite taking the lead after just 25 seconds through Ged Dobbs, the Hill lost after goals from Steven Tan, Grant Kirkwood and Mitchell Ewing.

Most fans had barely made their way into the ground before they were celebrating the opening goal, Craig Patterson showing good strength down the left to hold off Kirkwood before squaring for Dobbs to tap home at the back post.

There was a chance for a second midway through the first half when Craig Stevenson met a corner at the near post, but his flicked effort fell just the wrong side of the target.

Kirkwood went close for the visitors with a header after half an hour, but just eight minutes later they would be level, with another set piece the undoing for Maryhill. Craig McEwan won the ball in midfield, but the referee gave a foul for his opponent running into him, with the free kick headed behind for a corner, from which Tan was able to squeeze a volley in at the front post.

Patterson had two good headed chances to put the Hill back in front, first stretching to head over after a long throw, before later being unable to keep his effort down from Matt Meechan’s cross.

Just like on Wednesday night though, Maryhill would concede a goal with 11 minutes to go with Kirkwood finally finding the target, diverting a corner in at the back post.

By that point, Ross Wilson’s side were down to ten men with Dobbs forced off with an injury and all three substitutes having been made, and with a man down and chasing the game, they were picked off in stoppage time. It looked like a handball in the middle of the park to knock the ball forward, but the referee waved play on and Craigmark raced clear with Ryan Caddis picking out Ewing to roll the ball under Cameron and earn the away side all three points.

Maryhill: Cameron; Browne, Clark, Etherson, Meechan; McEwan (Gray, 46), Stevenson, Kennedy (O’Donnell, 61), Long (Wallace, 61); Patterson, Dobbs

Craigmark Burntonians: Binnie, D.Smith, F.Smith, Kirkwood, Lamont, Cherrie, Tan (McIver, 67), Boyle, Hill (Ewing, 61), Connelly, Caddis

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