POLLOK clinched three important Stagecoach Super Premier League points on Saturday, but their fans were made to sweat after a late Kilbirnie Ladeside rally at Newlandsfield Park.
A bright start saw Carlo Monti curl a third minute effort wide for ‘Lok before Kevin Bradley headed over from a Paul McQuilken cross two minutes later.
At the other end Roddy Hunter headed wide from a tempting Nolan cross, and Ciaran McDermott did likewise for Kilbirnie after a Nehdi cross.
Black was called into action again in the 38th minute when he tipped over a Monaghan header from a Nehdi free-kick, and sixty seconds later his Ladeside counterpart Paul McCann saved a hooked effort from Jonathan Carter.
The second half opened with a Nolan shot that was creeping into the corner of the net, but McCann managed to get across to make the stop. Hunter then pulled an off-balance shot wide before the breakthrough arrived in the 54th minute.
Nolan’s attempt was blocked at the edge of the penalty area but fell to Carlo Monti, who lofted a dipping effort over McCann and into the net.
Pollok doubled their advantage in the 68th minute when Gow attempted a challenge from behind, but referee Derek Crothers pointed to the spot and Carlo Monti made no mistake.
Callum McGregor was sent off for his protestations.
Monti completed his hat-trick by shrugging off the attentions of a defender before lobbing the ‘keeper.
With six minutes remaining Kilbirnie pulled a goal back with a Raymond Montgommery spotkick and panic ensued when Andy Gow added a second in the 88th minute.
A few good saves from Black in injury time ensured Lok of the win.
Saturday sees Pollok travel to the north side of Glasgow when they take on Bellshill Athletic at Vale of Clyde’s Fullarton Park. Kick-off for the third round tie in the D&D Programmes Central League Cup is at 2pm.