Lugar Boswell Thistle 1-2 Maryhill

Maryhill got back to winning ways in an entertaining game against Lugar Boswell Thistle, despite ending the game with ten men following Tony Etherson’s red card.

Andrew Reid put the hosts ahead but goals from Craig Patterson, who had earlier missed a penalty, and Jay McInally saw the Hill come back to win 2-1.

It was a bright start from Ross Wilson’s men with McInally firing wide inside the opening seconds of the match and with 10 minutes on the clock, they were awarded a penalty after a foul on McInally by Lugar keeper Dylan Rooney.

The forward usually takes the spot kicks for the Hill, but this time Patterson was tasked with finding the net from 12 yards, but he instead fired his effort straight over the bar and out of the ground.

Lugar fought back though and after they went close through a free kick, they opened the scoring on 23 minutes. Denver Bolland’s low shot was well pushed away by Glen Cameron, but Reid was on hand to fire the rebound into the empty net.

There was a huge claim for a penalty for the home side after half an hour when Chris Love appeared to block a shot with his arm, but the referee waved away the hosts’ claims, before the Hill broke clear and McInally saw his shot well blocked by Rooney.

Just a minute later though, Maryhill did level the scores. Ross McKenzie just about managed to stay onside before playing a great ball across the face of goal where Patterson was waiting to atone for his penalty miss by tapping home.

The turnaround was complete soon after when a bad pass out from the back went straight to McKenzie who found Kyle McAvoy, with the forward showing great feet to work a shooting opportunity and although Rooney kept his shot out, McInally was first to react to prod the Hill in front.

He should have had another before the break when Patterson picked him out in the middle, but he placed his shot wide.

After the restart, things became more of a battle with neither side really to create many clear-cut chances with a McInally snapshot and Christopher Hunter’s header as close as either side would come.

Just as the game was heading for stoppage time though, things kicked off when Etherson was sent off for Maryhill. His challenge was strong but clean as he won the ball, only for the referee to brandish him with a red card.

Love wasn’t happy with the decision, making his thoughts clear to the referee before he was pushed over by the Lugar physio, sparking a melee which involved players and substitutes from both sides. Despite the attempts from both managers to calm things down and drag their players away from the trouble, they were both also sent off in the aftermath by the referee.

Maryhill held out though to pick up three points that keep them well within touch of that all-important top four finish.

Lugar Boswell Thistle: Rooney, Wallace, Doolan, Hunter, Donnelly, Kerr, Mackin, Rocks, A. Reid, Bolland (L. Reid, 77), Hendry

Maryhill: Cameron; McEwan (Smyth, 73), Love, Etherson, Meechan; McDonald, O’Donnell; McKenzie (Martin, 81), McEvoy; Patterson (Ewart, 68), McInally

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 1-6 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 1-0 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)