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Maryhill 1-2 Arthurlie – South Challenge Cup

A positive performance wasn’t enough for Maryhill as Arthurlie secured their place in round two of the South Challenge Cup after winning at Lochburn Park.

Jay McInally put the Hill ahead midway through the first half, but goals from Tam McGaughey and Nadeem Zeb saw the visitors turn the game around to win 2-1 and earn a trip to Benburb.

It was a quiet start to the game with Lee Roulston’s wild effort the only half chance of note in the early stages. There was almost a debut goal for new Hill signing Robbie Ewart when he got on the end of McInally’s pass but a last gasp challenge saw the ball cleared.

On 25 minutes though, Maryhill did take the lead with a great diagonal ball from Jack Easdon finding McInally who controlled well before clipping the ball over James Scott into the net.

Ewart then tried his luck immediately after the restart as the hosts aimed for a quickfire second, instead it was Arthurlie who would equalise eight minutes later. A good run from Zeb ended with a ball across goal which Luke Martin looked certain to clear before losing his footing, allowing McGaughey to fire home from close range.

Maryhill were given a big boost on the stroke of half time when the ‘Lie were reduced to ten men. As the loose ball fell for Jack Gray, Jorden Leyden dived in with a straight leg and saw his studs catch the Hill midfielder, with referee Chris McLaughlin left with no option but to produce the red card.

Despite being a man down, it was Arthurlie who were the better side after the break and kept Glen Cameron busy in the goal, with saves from Gary Smith and Roulston keeping the Hill level.

With 18 minutes to go however, the ten men moved in front as Maryhill only half cleared, allowing Zeb to send a low shot across into the bottom corner.

Maryhill pressed for an equaliser and had a couple of shots blocked before claiming for a penalty when McInally went down in the box, but the referee wasn’t interested and it’s the Conference A leaders who will travel to New Tinto Park in the second round.

Maryhill: Cameron; O’Donnell, Love, Etherson, Martin; Smyth (McLaughlin, 54), O’Neill, Gray (Meechan, 54); Easdon, McInally, Ewart (Browne, 73). Subs: Black, Clark, Wallace

Arthurlie: Scott, Nolan, Ramsay (Mackay, 54), Pearce, Macneil, Roulston, Carroll, Leyden, Smith (McLaughlin, 81), Zeb, McGaughey. Subs: Gebbie, Chalmers, Kerr

Maryhill 1-6 Arthurlie

It was a tough night for Maryhill on Wednesday as three goals in each half saw league leaders Arthurlie leave Lochburn with maximum points to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

Doubles from Dale Simeon and Gary Smith coupled with further strikes from Gary Carroll and former Hill favourite Tam McGaughey saw the visitors run out 6-1 winners, with Jay McInally’s fourth goal of the season merely a consolation for Maryhill.

The opening 20 minutes were pretty even with Simeon’s scuffed shot early on the closest either side came to taking the lead, but a big stroke of luck soon after saw the ‘Lie open the scoring. A shot from the edge of the area looked harmless enough, but it took a wicked deflection which looped the ball over the defence where Simeon was able to lob Garry Black in the goal, despite claims of offside.

That goal, unsurprisingly, settled the leaders and after McGaughey saw his free kick clip the bar on its way over, you sensed a second goal was coming, although maybe not as much of a gift as it was.

Black came racing from his goal and headed the ball clear, but as Cammy Clark tried to hook the ball over his head, he instead booted it straight back towards his own goal where Simeon was again waiting to knock the ball beyond the retreating Black.

It was three just three minutes later when the ball was worked to McGaughey whose powerful drive from the edge of the box was simply too strong for the keeper.

Maryhill did eventually cause some problems for the away defence with James Scott keeping out McInally’s effort before Matt Meechan’s ball across goal was just out of reach of Craig Patterson.

Black was involved again at the other end just before the break when he did well to push behind Darren Ramsay’s effort as a shellshocked Hill went in three down at half time.

Knowing they had to score at least three second half goals to get something out of the game was a tough ask for the Hill, but they made the perfect start scoring just 75 seconds into the half with Meechan getting in down the left before picking out McInally who sneaked the ball home at the front post.

The positive start to the half continued as the hosts began to unsettle Arthurlie, but those hopes of an unlikely comeback were ended on the hour mark as McGaughey beat Black to the ball before being brought down by the keeper, allowing Carroll to fire the spot kick home.

Maryhill’s keeper did make another impressive save soon after though, tipping Jordan Leyden’s powerful shot over the bar, but it didn’t matter as Smith rose high from the corner to bullet a header high into the net.

Perhaps the best goal of the lot though was the away side’s final goal as a good passing move found Simeon down the right and his inch perfect ball across goal was clipped back over Black and into the net by Smith.

Despite there still being almost 20 minutes left to play at this point, that was the end of the scoring as a forgetful night was rounded off for a depleted Hill against a very strong Arthurlie side.

Maryhill: Black; O’Donnell, Browne, Etherson, Martin; Long (Dobbs, 68), Clark (Stevenson, 46), Wallace, Meechan; Patterson, McInally (Love, 73). Subs: Cameron (GK), McKay

Arthurlie: Scott, Zeb, Ramsay, Nolan, McFarlane (MacNeil, 63), Roulston, Carroll (McLaughlin, 68), Leyden, Smith, Simeon, McGaughey. Subs: Pirie