Misery for Pollok

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Pollok’s miserable run of form continued as they crashed out of the New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup on Saturday, losing 3-0 to First Division Glenafton Athletic at Loch Park.

Lok started well, with Iain Diack pulling an effort across the face of goal, then Tam Hanlon came within inches of opening the scoring from a free kick.

The Ayrshire side opened the scoring in the tenth minute when Gareth Armstrong headed into the path of Paul McKenzie, who fired a volley beyond Hutchison.

Glens moved two ahead in the 16th minute when low cross from John Dempster caught the visiting defence on it’s heels, and McKenzie could sweep home his second.

Pollok fell further behind after 22 minutes when Gareth Campbell flighted over a corner that dipped between Hutchison and Nichol on the line and found the back of the net.

‘Lok had one opportunity to pull a goal back before the interval when Diack broke free on the left, but his cross was missed by the waiting McGinty in the middle.

Pollok had the first chance of the second half when a looping cross found Ramsay, but Craig McEwan charged down his attempt.

Diack had a number of chances to bring Lok back into contention, but was unable to take advantage, firing wide on three seperate occasions prior to the sixty minute mark.

Clearly frustrated, his afternoon was to end just sixty seconds later when a wild lunge on Robbie Henderson left referee Stuart MacMillan with no option but to show him a red card. Another Glenafton corner signalled further problems for Lok, with Aitchison having to clear off his own line from a Richie McKillen header

Lok were reduced to nine men in the 78th minute, with Darren Brady the sinner when he picked up a second yellow card for a tug on Potter.

The hosts almost extended their lead with six minutes remaining when Andy Bell fired goalwards, but Hutchison made a fine diving stop to touch the ball around the post.

Barry Tulloch had a late effort at goal for ‘Lok, but Craig Menzies’ block ensured that home keeper Ally Semple would finish the afternoon without having to register a single save.

A massive improvement will be required this Saturday if Pollok are to have any hope of success when Lochee United visit Newlandsfield Park in round four of the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup. Kick-off is at 1.45pm.