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Maryhill 4-2 Girvan

Maryhill won their first game at Lochburn Park since the end of August in an entertaining clash with Girvan on Saturday afternoon.

Mick Browne and Craig Patterson had given the Hill a two-goal lead before Jay McInally’s brace doubled that advantage and despite late goals from Mark Curragh and Finn Taylor, Ross Wilson’s side held on for an impressive 4-2 victory.

Kick-off was slightly delayed after traffic on the M8 saw players held up and the opening stages of the game were also quite slow with both sides adjusting to the tricky surface, McInally’s low effort on 16 minutes was the first chance of note.

Matt Meechan’s long throw-ins have caused problems for opposition defences throughout the campaign and almost paid off soon after that McInally chance, with Patterson seeing his header held by David Markey.

After 34 minutes the deadlock was broken by the hosts, with a corner not cleared properly allowing Paul O’Donnell to fire it back goalwards. His strike came back off the post before bouncing around the six-yard box and eventually being turned home by Browne.

Girvan almost hit back immediately when Grant Richmond let fly, but his shot was tipped onto the bar by Glen Cameron in the Hill goal.

Two minutes later the ball was in the net at the other end once more with Meechan’s long throw this time leading to a goal with Patterson’s glancing header bouncing into the far corner.

It was three straight from kick off as the away side gave the ball away in midfield to Kyle McAvoy who drew in the defence before playing the ball out wide to Roland Smyth who showed great composure to square for McInally to tap home.

The visitors weren’t out of it though and were only denied a goal back before half time thanks to another two good stops from Cameron. His first was a fantastic diving save to push Richmond’s effort around the post before standing tall to deny Robbie Hannah after a good move from Girvan.

Within eight minutes of the restart, Maryhill would make it 4-0 with McEvoy involved once again. After winning the ball back with a crunching tackle in the middle of the park, he clipped it over the top for McInally who, with the option of Patterson in the middle, instead sent a low shot across into the bottom corner.

Girvan were given a lifeline just after the hour mark when Curragh was brought down in the area by Meechan and he stepped up to fire the spot kick into the net.

The Ayrshire side had the last say as well when substitute Taylor knocked the ball home late in stoppage time but ultimately the points would stay in Glasgow.

Maryhill: Cameron; Browne, Love, Etherson; Smyth, Stevenson, O’Donnell, Meechan (Martin, 67); McAvoy (Gray, 61); Patterson, McInally (Long, 83). Subs: McArthur (GK), McEwan, Martin, Gray, Ewart, Long

Girvan: Markey; Jeanes, J.Taylor, Condon, Mossie, Orr, Hannah (Love, 81), Balfour (Millarvie, 57), Curragh, Richmond (F.Taylor, 70), Kerr. Subs: Gibson, Brown, McLelland

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

Glasgow University 1-0 Maryhill

Maryhill went down to defeat number three of the season after a 1-0 reverse in a tight game against Glasgow University at the Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie.

Craig Patterson was suspended after his red card on Wednesday night, with Craig Stevenson, Paul O’Donnell, Ged Dobbs and Jack Gray all missing as well, forcing manager Ross Wilson into a tactical shuffle and change in formation.

It didn’t really seem to have a bearing on the game in the opening stages with a disappearing linesman and a telling off for the Uni’s Scott Granger all to report.

That all changed just beyond the half hour mark however, as the hosts moved in front. Robbie Smith was given too much time on the left to pick out a cross and it was met in the middle by the unmarked Robbie Stirling who was able to guide his header well into the corner of the net.

Half time saw Cammy O’Neill and Jack Easdon replace Cammy Clark and Craig McEwan as the Hill moved to a back four and in the early stages of the half, the performance levels did improve. Jay McInally shot wide from the edge of the area before himself and Easdon tried their best to force the ball home from Luke Martin’s cross, but neither could find the target.

Darren Kennedy headed home a knockdown from Ryan Wallace but saw it denied for offside, before getting on to another header from the winger, but this time his effort was well blocked by Ben Fulton.

McInally connected with Easdon’s volley in stoppage time, but his strike flew straight out of the stadium with Chris Love then seeing his header cleared off the line at the death.

In between those chances, the Uni were reduced to ten men with Granger picking up a second yellow card for booting the ball away, but it didn’t matter much as they held on for three points that sees them leapfrog the Hill.

Glasgow University: Fulton, Adams, C. Granger, Morgan, Smith, S. Granger, Davidson, MacKinnon, Last, Stirling, Dibble. Subs: McMillan, Gourlay, Strang, Wight, Thomson

Maryhill: Cameron; Browne, Love, Etherson, Clark (O’Neill, 46), Martin; McEwan (Easdon, 46), Kennedy, Meechan, Wallace (Long, 71); McInally. Subs: Black, McKay

Maryhill 1-3 Muirkirk

It’s now back-to-back defeats for Maryhill after Muirkirk became the second team to leave Lochburn with maximum points this season.

Darren Boyle, John Hetherton and Jamie Gray scored for the visitors as they continued their unbeaten start to the season. Jay McInally found the net on his return from injury for the Hill, with Craig Patterson shown a straight red card late on in the 3-1 defeat.

There was an early goal for Maryhill at the weekend, but they would concede early on this time with Darren Boyle left unmarked in the area to head home after less than three minutes.

Muirkirk nearly had a quickfire second when Christian Nadé won a header in the box, but his effort clipped the bar before being cleared.

The Hill did come back into the game and had two half chances through Patterson and Ryan Wallace, but neither effort could find a way past Nathan Bogle. Wallace did have the ball in the net on 21 minutes, but the referee ruled the goal out for handball in the build-up, although the decision did look harsh.

On the half hour mark though, Maryhill did level the scores with a deflection off Craig Stevenson seeing the ball fall to McInally who showed a good touch to knock the ball over Bogle into the net.

Just five minutes later however, the midfielder lost the ball in the middle of the pitch, allowing Muirkirk to play in Hetherton who sent a brilliant effort in off the underside of the bar with the outside of his right boot.

Maryhill had a lot of the ball in the second half but weren’t really causing the away defence any problems and were almost made to pay for it with Nadé twice going close, first forcing Cameron into a strong save from his header, before then dragging a shot wide.

The former Hearts and Hamilton striker was involved in the goal that sealed the points though, his flick on finding former Hill attacker Gray, who cut inside and fired a fantastic effort flying beyond Cameron into the top corner.

Things went from bad to worse for Maryhill late on when Patterson was sent off for forcing his head into Bogle, giving the referee no option but to show him red to round off a miserable night for the Hill.

Maryhill: Cameron; Browne, Clark (Kelly(T), 75), Etherson, Meechan; McEwan (Gray, 58), Kennedy, Stevenson, Wallace; Patterson, McInally (Long, 75). Not used: Black, Love, Martin

Muirkirk: Bogle, Peck, Bryan, Onanu, Boyle, Coyle, Gordon, O’Neill (Watupa, 23), Gray (Salsbury, 90), Hetherton (Steedman, 88), Nadé. Not used: Carslaw, Fleming

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

Whitletts Victoria 3-3 Maryhill

Campbell Finlayson

It’s four games unbeaten to start the season for Maryhill after a six-goal thriller against Whitletts Victoria down in Ayr on Wednesday night.

In a game that swung both ways throughout, goals from Craig Stevenson, Haydn Long and Craig Patterson ensured that the Hill would earn a point from the 3-3 draw.

The home side started much the brighter in the first half, but the first chance fell the way of Maryhill, with Chris Love firing against the back post from a free kick, before the Vics broke clear and saw a chance of their own blocked by Glen Cameron on nine minutes.

On 20 minutes though, they did take the lead. From another Hill set piece, Whitletts broke and with the ball looking like going out for a goal kick, it was hooked across the box where Cammy Ross was on hand to nod past Cameron.

Having struggled to get an early foothold in the game, it looked as though it could be a long evening for the Hill, but that was all turned on its head in the space of two minutes around the half hour mark.

First, Stevenson won the ball with a challenge in midfield before bursting forward and cutting inside to send a dipping effort flying over the keeper from distance to make it 1-1 and then just moments later, he turned provider as he got onto Jack Easdon’s header before squaring for Long to tap home his first competitive goal for the club.

Unfortunately, the lead would only last for eight minutes with a long throw not being properly cleared, allowing Marc Dyer to control the ball before drilling it low into the net.

The hosts almost moved back in front a minute later, but Cameron this time was equal to a low shot to his left as the sides went in level at the break.

It took only three minutes to see a goal in the second half and it was Maryhill who would retake the lead, Darren Kennedy playing an inch perfect pass through for Patterson who showed good composure to roll the ball past the Vics keeper.

Whitletts had a couple of chances to equalise again, first a loose ball was sent over from close range before Cameron kept out a powerful effort with a strong wrist, but with 11 minutes remaining, they would find a way through.

Another long throw caused chaos in the Hill box, with a flick on finding its way through to the back post where the unmarked Isaac Kerr was on hand to head past Cameron and secure a share of the spoils for the Ayr side.

Maryhill: Cameron; McEwan (Browne, 46), Love, Etherson, Meechan; Kennedy, Gray (Dobbs, 62), Stevenson; Easdon, Patterson (Clark, 83), Long

Maryhill 1-0 Lugar Boswell Thistle

Despite playing with ten men for the majority of the game, Maryhill were able to continue their unbeaten start to the season at home to Lugar Boswell Thistle.

Paul O’Donnell was sent off after just 12 minutes, but Chris Love’s header was all that was needed to secure a 1-0 win in the Lochburn sunshine.

There was a sense of confusion early on as the referee stopped the game for a small hole in the pitch to be filled in and from a free-kick soon after, the Hill weren’t switched on and a long ball over the top caught out the defence with O’Donnell adjudged to have been the last man as he hauled back the Lugar forward and was given a straight red card.

The freekick was fired wide but did connect with a fan behind the goal who couldn’t quite keep his feet and stumbled before falling to the ground, much to the amusement of the crowd.

Just moments later though, the Hill did move in front. Matt Meechan launched one of his trademark long throws into the box where Love was left unmarked to guide a header into the far corner of the net.

Meechan was later forced off injured with a head knock, while Luke Martin had also earlier been substituted with an injury, meaning things had to be shuffled around in the line-up.

The second half was far quieter in the opening stages with Maryhill a bit more composed after the action of the first half. It took until 68 minutes for Lugar to have the first real effort of the half, Lewis Kerr seeing his bouncing effort from distance come off the outside of the post.

Craig Patterson came close to making it two when he got onto Craig Stevenson’s flick on but his effort was kept out by Lugar keeper Dylan Rooney, while at the other end, Glen Cameron did well to push Christopher Hunter’s volley over the bar as the Hill held on to take all three points.

Maryhill: Cameron; O’Donnell, Love, Etherson, Meechan (Clark, 32); McEwan (Browne, 77), Stevenson, Kennedy, Martin (Gray, 18); Easdon, Patterson. Unused subs: Long, O’Neill, Black (GK)

Lugar Boswell Thistle: Rooney, Wallace, McLean, Orr, Lowe, Curtis, Mackin, Hunter, Kerr, Rocks, Nohar (T). Subs: Bolland, Dunlop, Gallagher

Johnstone Burgh 1-2 Maryhill

Maryhill picked up their first three points of the season at the second attempt with an impressive win away to Johnstone Burgh on Wednesday night.

Two fantastic strikes from Darren Kennedy and Craig Stevenson either side of Stuart Fyfe’s header for the hosts secured a 2-1 win for the Hill to continue the unbeaten start to the season.

It was a fast start from Ross Wilson’s side, taking five minutes to create their first chance of the game, Luke Martin seeing his low cross grabbed away from danger. Stevenson was denied the opener five minutes later when his free kick was brilliantly pushed against the bar by Stuart Collins in the Burgh goal before Ged Dobbs fired the rebound wide.

Within a minute though, Maryhill did open the scoring. Collins could only punch the ball as far as the edge of the area, under pressure from Martin, where Kennedy was waiting to control before volleying into the far corner.

Tony Etherson thought he had doubled the lead when he tapped home at the back post, but the referee gave a free kick to the hosts after claims of both handball and offside. Dobbs should have made it two when he beat the onrushing Collins to the ball but with defenders close by, his shot was dragged wide of the target.

The home side eventually threatened the Hill goal two minutes before half time with Fyfe rising high from a corner, but former Burgh keeper Glen Cameron was equal to his effort to put the ball behind. In stoppage time however, Johnstone did level the scores with Fyfe this time able to power his header past the keeper.

Maryhill began the second half well too and moved back in front just before the hour mark and in some style. Jack Easdon had come off the bench and was heavily involved as he crossed for Craig Patterson who showed good strength to hold off a defender before laying the ball to Stevenson, with the midfielder shifting the ball out of his feet and sending a powerful strike into the top corner from distance.

Johnstone Burgh did put more pressure on the Hill defence as the half progressed and Fyfe was denied his second by a phenomenal save from Cameron who showed great reactions to force the ball over the bar, as Maryhill held on for all three points.

Maryhill: Cameron; O’Donnell, Etherson, Love, Meechan; McEwan (Easdon, 53), Kennedy, Stevenson, Martin (Long, 70); Patterson, Dobbs (Browne, 87)

Maryhill 2-2 Bellshill Athletic

Maryhill twice came from behind on the opening day of the West of Scotland Football League Conference A to earn a point against visitors Bellshill Athletic at Lochburn Park.

Bellshill led twice through Mate Laczi and Jordan Moore but first Craig Stevenson and then Luke Martin struck back for the Hill to secure a 2-2 draw.

As was often the case in pre-season, Maryhill had a lot of the ball early on, but it was the away side who opened the scoring on 16 minutes, with Laczi getting onto the break of the ball before drilling a fantastic half volley beyond the reach of Glen Cameron.

The hosts replied well though and went close with Stevenson’s shot and Craig Patterson’s header, but neither could find a way past former Hill keeper KP McAllister.

Moore and Laczi were both involved as Bellshill went in search of a second but the first scorer was penalised for a foul on Paul O’Donnell after Moore had lobbed the ball over Cameron, while at the other end, Darren Kennedy sent two efforts over the bar.

New signing Haydn Long went close when the ball fell his way in the box just before the hour, but he couldn’t find the target.

The Hill didn’t have to wait long to equalise though and it was a very well worked team goal that got them level. Cammy O’Neill played a pass in behind for Patterson and he was able to fire an inviting ball across goal which was met by the onrushing Stevenson and diverted into the back of the net.

Bellshill were back in front three minutes later however, with Moore being adjudged to have beaten the offside trap and he showed good composure to roll the ball under Cameron.

Despite the hot temperatures, the action was end to end at this point and Maryhill would level again on 77 minutes, also in controversial fashion. Substitute Martin looked to have controlled the ball with his arm, but the referee allowed play to continue and the wide man was able to angle a volley into the far corner of the net.

Both sides tried to press for a winner, but it wasn’t to be as the full-time whistle signalled the end of what was an entertaining return to Lochburn for the fans.

Next up for the Hill is a trip to Johnstone Burgh on Wednesday night, with Lugar Boswell Thistle at home next weekend.

Maryhill: Cameron; O’Donell, Love, Etherson, Meechan; Kennedy, O’Neill (Dobbs, 66), Stevenson; Easdon, Patterson (Clark, 80), Long (Martin, 69)

Bellshill Athletic: McAllister; Duncan, Lindsay (Cherrie, 72), McConnell, Gray; Clarke (Van Nuill, 63), Laczi, Grierson; McGuigan, Moore, MacNeil (Bradford, 83)