In the back of the net

Ian Watt fights for the ball
Ian Watt fights for the ball

IT IS a great time to be a football fan in the southside of Glasgow.

Queen’s Park kept their play-off hopes alive on Saturday when Jamie Longworth and Martin McBride scored the goals to defeat rivals Clyde 2-0.

The victory, combined with Stranraer’s loss, means that the Spiders’ promotion hopes are in their own hands.

The team that were second from bottom at the turn of the year are now just one game away from a two-legged semi-final against either Stenhousemuir or Alloa.

If Spiders were to win, only Annan or Albion Rovers would stand in their way from a place in Division two.

But first, third-from-bottom Montrose visit Hampden on Saturday, in a game that QP cannot afford to lose.

It was celebration time at Newlandsfield Park, following Pollok’s nail-biting 3-2 win against Larkhall Thistle.

This earned Willie Irvine’s side a place in the semi-finals of the D&D Programmes Central League Cup.

Mark Crilly grabbed the first after just four minutes and Pollok kept the lead for the rest of the first half.

A Ross McGeachie strike pulled Thistle level after 47 minutes.

With eleven minutes left in the game, Davie Menelaws struck a devastating blow to Lok fans with a close-range goal, but Shaun Dillon replied immediately with a header to make it 2-2.

In the third minute of injury time, after Pollok had two shots cleared off the line, who else would step up, but Iain Diack.

The deadly hitman converted Kevin Bradley’s low cross to give a killer blow to the visitors. Pollok take on Kilbirnie Ladeside in league action on Saturday (kick-off 2pm at Valefield Park).

Meanwhile, St Cadocs can win the Paisley and District under 16 league title on Saturday in a match against Barrhead Boys (Muirend, 2pm kick-off).

The newly promoted side have performed well all season, and ExtraSport understands that several senior clubs are set to swoop for a number of St Cadoc’s players.

Chairman Mark Thomson said: “It’s remarkable that the boys have only lost one league game all season.

“A win here rules out Harmony Row catching them and everybody is behind them”.

East Renfrewshire Development League side Lancraigs FC are also on winning form after fighting off quality competition from across Europe to lift the coveted “Trofelo Di Jesolo”. On their way to the trophy, the under 17 side drew against F.C Goldach of Switzerland and defeated F.C Nannine of Belgium 1-0, FT Rosenheim of Germany and Italian’s TSV Altenstadt.

In the final, ‘craigs won 2-1 in a 2,000 seater stadium against Hungarian side UTE Budapest.

And that’s not all - Glasgow City remain top of the SWPL following an 8-1 home win over Rangers at Petershill Park on Saturday.